First batch of COVID vaccines lands in opposition-held Syria

IDLIB, Syria (AP) - Syria's last rebel-held enclave received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, with a refrigerated truck offloading over 50,000 United Nations-secured jabs in the overcrowded province.


In war-torn Syria, Assad makes bid for 4th presidential term

BEIRUT (AP) - President Bashar Assad formally announced Wednesday he will run for reelection in war-torn Syria, and was expected to win a fourth seven-year term in the largely symbolic May 26 vote.


Clashes between Kurdish, government forces kill 1 in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Kurdish security forces said Wednesday that Syrian government-allied fighters killed one of their personnel in an overnight attack on a checkpoint, in a city the two groups share control of in northern Syria.


Iran, Saudis hold talks in Baghdad, few expect quick results

BAGHDAD (AP) - A first round of direct talks between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran signaled a possible de-escalation following years of animosity that often spilled into neighboring countries and at least one still-raging war. But few expect quick results.


Egypt fires top railway official after deadly train crashes

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's transportation minister on Tuesday said he sacked the country's top railway official, following three train accidents in less than a month that left more than 40 people dead and over 350 injured.


Report: Mideast countries top 2020 global executioners list

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Apart from China and despite a worldwide drop in death sentences, countries in the Middle East remained among the world's leading executioners last year, Amnesty International said Wednesday.


Egypt's premier visits Libya to discuss trade, other ties

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's prime minister visited Libya's capital Tuesday to discuss trade and other ties with the newly appointed government, his office said.


Yemen launches coronavirus vaccination campaign

CAIRO (AP) - Yemen's internationally recognized government began a coronavirus vaccination campaign Tuesday as the U.N. warned the pandemic was "roaring back" in recent weeks.


First woman ever applies to run for president of Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - A woman from the capital Damascus has applied to run for president of Syria, the parliament speaker said Tuesday, making her the first female to make a bid for the country's top job. The largely symbolic election is certain to be won by President Bashar Assad.


Israeli police scuffle with protesters in Arab neighborhood

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Israeli police scuffled with protesters in an Arab neighborhood in Tel Aviv for a second night late Monday after the assault of a rabbi over the weekend.


Israeli PM threatens defamation suit against predecessor

JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening to sue his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, if he does not apologize for saying the Israeli leader's family suffers from mental illness.


Israel's Netanyahu backs bill for direct election for PM

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for a new law to allow the direct election of the nation's leader as a way to break the country's two-year political deadlock.


Egypt: 3 militants involved in Christian's slaying killed

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt police killed three suspected militants allegedly involved in the slaying of a Coptic Christian man kidnapped more than five months ago in a restive part of Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said Monday.


EXPLAINER: Jerusalem dispute could derail Palestinian vote

JERUSALEM (AP) - A dispute over voting in east Jerusalem is threatening to cancel or delay the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years.


High-ranking Iranian general dies of heart disease at 65

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A high-ranking general key to Iran's security apparatus has died, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced on Sunday.


Israeli police clash with Palestinian crowd in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinian protesters outside Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday, firing stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse the crowd, Israeli media said.


Egypt says 11 killed in train crash north of Cairo

CAIRO (AP) - A passenger train derailed Sunday north of Cairo, killing at least 11 people, Egyptian authorities said. It was the latest of several rail accidents to hit the country in recent years.


Egyptian authorities say at least 11 people have been killed, some 100 others injured in train crash north of Cairo

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities say at least 11 people have been killed, some 100 others injured in train crash north of Cairo.


Rockets hit Iraqi air base, 2 security forces wounded

BAGHDAD (AP) - Multiple rockets hit an Iraqi airbase just north of the capital Baghdad Sunday, wounding two Iraqi security forces, an Iraqi military commander said.


Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's daily coronavirus death toll climbed over 400 for the first time in months on Sunday, as the country, which has long had the region's largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge.


Records: Superintendent lied to jury investigating massacre

In this March 5, 2019 photo, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie waits for the start of a meeting of the Broward County School Board  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  The superintendent of the Florida school district where 17 students and staff died in a 2018 high school massacre has been arrested on a perjury charge. Jail records show Broward County Schools Superintendent  Runcie was arrested Wednesday, April 21, 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Police: Long Island store shooter was a 'troubled employee'
US ambassador to Belarus meets exiled opposition leader
US hits Myanmar timber and pearl firms with coup sanctions

Anti-coup protesters place posters of slogans on trees along a road during a demonstration at Yangon, Myanmar on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Aid workers and activists are warning Myanmar's political upheavals risk causing a regional refugee crisis as the strife following a February coup displaces growing numbers of people who have lost their livelihoods. (AP Photo)

US stocks turn higher; Netflix slumps on slower growth

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is seen in New York, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.  Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street again, continuing a weak spell that pulled major indexes lower over the previous two days. The S&P 500 slipped 0.1% in the first few minutes of trading Wednesday, April 21, 2021, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gave back 0.4%.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Police: 3 children ages 4 to 7 beheaded in Afghan capital
Pakistan frees 669 men from radical group as it ends rallies

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 20, 2021 file photo, supporters of Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan, a banned Islamist party, protest the arrest of their party leader Saad Rizvi, in Lahore, Pakistan. Authorities freed nearly 669 supporters of the outlawed radical Islamist group, hours after it agreed to end a week of violent protests following talks with the government. Rizvi will remain behind bars with charges pending against him, the country's interior minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Indonesia searching for missing submarine with 53 on board

Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala sails in the waters off Tuban, East Java, Indonesia, as seen in this aerial photo taken from Indonesian Navy helicopter of 400 Air Squadron, in this Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 photo. Indonesia's navy is searching for the submarine that went missing north of the resort island of Bali with a number of people on board, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eric Ireng)

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk

FLE - In this March 18, 2021, file photo, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, center, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for attending an international peace conference in Moscow, Russia. U.S.-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk
a conference that Washington expected would move Afghanistan's warring sides to a final peace agreement has been postponed, as fresh violence rattles the Afghan capital, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Japan prepares for 3rd virus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka areas

People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Tokyo. The Japanese capital confirmed more than 840 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

US ambassador to Belarus meets exiled opposition leader
Albania shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 injured before election
EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses

European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference on an EU approach to artificial intelligence, following a weekly meeting of EU Commissioners, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

States suspend Syria's OPCW rights over chemical attacks

FILE - This Friday May 5, 2017 file photo shows the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague, Netherlands. An investigation by the global chemical weapons watchdog found

Greece to reopen tourism services on May 15

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, a worker places chairs at a fish restaurant ahead of its reopening in Piraeus, near Athens. Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday April 21, 2021, the country's tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will be lifted, adding that restaurants and cafes will also be allowed to reopen outdoor areas starting on May 3. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)