KARA TEPE, Greece — “Oh, you’re from Syria,” said one of the officials holding up a spiral-bound book with color pictures of 100-pound notes. “Can you point to which of these pictures is your home currency?” 1,419 more words
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TEL AVIV, Israel — Gen. Nikolai Bogdanovsky, the Russian military’s deputy chief of general staff, paid a rare visit to Israel on Tuesday. It’s not exactly a friendly visit: Although Russia’s relationship with Israel has significantly improved since the 1960s and 1970s — when the Soviet Union was the Arab world’s weapons supplier and the Arab-Israeli conflict was seen as just another front in the Cold War — Israel will always doubt Moscow’s intentions in the region. 1,159 more words
Death is everywhere in the impoverished, violent corners of Lebanon — but refugees who try to seek a better life in Europe often find themselves robbed blind or facing death at sea.
In the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, residents and soldiers are thankful for Moscow’s intervention — and are looking forward to a bombing campaign that strikes at all their enemies.
QARDAHA, Syria — The sonic boom of a fighter jet momentarily cut short the conversations at the hilltop mausoleum of former President Hafez al-Assad. The engineer in charge of enhancements to the manicured park and shiny marble shrine to the founder of Syria’s ruling dynasty broke out into a wide grin. 1,068 more words