Rice meets with Syrian counterpart

SHARM EL SHEIK, Egypt, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Thursday with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Egypt in the first such contact in two years.

Syrian parliamentary elections begin

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 22 (UPI) -- Polls opened Sunday in Syria for two days of parliamentary elections to fill 167 National Progressive Front seats and 83 independent seats.

Cheney accuses Pelosi of 'bad behavior'

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of "bad behavior" for visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Carter defends Pelosi's Syria trip

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Former President Jimmy Carter says he supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria, despite criticism of the visit by the Bush administration.

Pelosi meets with Syrian president

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Wednesday despite objections from the Bush administration.

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 3 (UPI) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Damascus Tuesday, the highest-ranking U.S. politician to visit Syria since 2003.

Pelosi criticized for Syria visit

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn fire from the Bush administration for her planned visit to Syria.

Musharraf seeks to help Palestinians

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Saturday began a four-day Mideast tour aimed at devising a strategy to bring Palestinians together.

Iraq president to talk with Iran leaders

BAGHDAD, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- After warming relations with Syria, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani announced he will travel to Tehran to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Assad: Syria and Israel can achieve peace

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the BBC that the United States cannot function as "an impartial arbiter" in talks with Israel.

Many Israelis feel defeated

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Many Israelis -- soldiers and civilians, left and right -- say they think the one-month war with Hezbollah was a failure.

German minister cancels Syria meeting

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Germany's foreign minister called off a meeting with Syria's president after the Middle Eastern leader blamed the region's troubles on the United States.

Syria's Assad calls for Mideast cease-fire

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 19 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Lebanese crisis and called on the international community to arrange for it.

Kidnapped Israeli settler's body found

JERUSALEM, June 28 (UPI) -- Palestinian militants allegedly killed a kidnapped Israeli settler as Israeli forces moved on Gaza and the West Bank, looking for a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

Ex-Lebanon PM killing inquiry continues

UNITED NATIONS, June 11 (UPI) -- The head of the United Nations investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said it was probably a suicide attack.

Assad: Holocaust numbers don't matter

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 28 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a U.S. television interviewer that the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust is unimportant.

Assad will not meet U.N. investigators

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Syria's president has turned down a meeting request from a U.N. team probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Khaddam interviewed in Hariri's death

PARIS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A former Syrian leader has met with United Nations investigators probing the bombing death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

U.N. asks to meet Syrian president

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A United Nations panel investigating the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri wants to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria blamed in U.N. assassination report

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A new United Nations report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri reportedly details Syria's alleged role in the slaying. The report sent to Secretary General Kofi Annan is based on investigator Detlev Mehlis's team questioni

Anti-Syria resolution ready for U.N. vote

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Britain, France and the United States have prepared a resolution for presentation to the U.N. Security Council, threatening Syria with economic sanctions.

Syria denies killing Lebanon's Hariri

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Syria is denying a United Nations report that linked it to the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Report: Syria involved in Hariri killing

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A United Nations report released Thursday says Syrian and Lebanese agents planned the killing of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon.

Bush warns Syria to be a 'good neighbor'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- President Bush gave a multi-pronged warning to Syria Wednesday, telling the country to be a "good neighbor" in the region.

U.N. special Lebanon rep going to Syria

UNITED NATIONS, June 6 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sending his special envoy overseeing Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon for talks with the Syrian president.
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