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  • 08/09/2013 | Argentina

    Obama in the lions’ den

    By James Neilson
    No doubt it is most gratifying to be hailed as “the most powerful man in the world” by one’s awestruck compatriots, but on occasion Barack Obama must wish he were just an ordinary mortal whose rhetorical flourishes should not be taken too literally so he could spend more time on the golf course hobnobbing with his cronies.

  • 15/05/2014 | World

    Car bomb attack kills 43 at Syrian border with Turkey

    At least 43 people were killed when a car bomb went off at a Syrian border post on the frontier with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 04/06/2014 | World

    Assad declared landslide victor in Syria election

    President Bashar al-Assad secured re-election by a landslide, Syria's parliamentary speaker said today, in a vote dismissed as a sham by his opponents and held amid a raging civil war which grew out of protests against his rule.

  • 13/04/2014 | World

    Syria's Assad: Rebel war going government's way

    Assad's allies have portrayed him as confident and in control and they expect him to run for and win a presidential election in July - a turnaround from last year when he looked on the verge of defeat as rebels advanced towards Damascus, struck in the heart of the capital and took control of key areas.

  • 20/04/2014 | World

    Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Rebels evacuated from Homs, cradle of Syrian uprising

    Hundreds of Syrian rebels today abandoned their last stronghold in the heart of Homs city, an epicentre of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, handing him a symbolic victory weeks before his likely re-election.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    UN says world powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes

    All sides in Syria's civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish civilians and big powers bear responsibility for allowing such war crimes to persist, UN human rights investigators said today.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Syrian forces take full control of rebel town

    Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah militants took full control of the town of Yabroud after driving out rebels, helping President Bashar al-Assad secure the land route connecting the capital Damascus with Aleppo and the Mediterranean coast.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Assad cousin killed in clash with Syria rebels

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hilal al-Assad, local head of the National Defence Force militia, and seven of his fighters were killed in clashes with the Nusra Front and other Islamist brigades.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Syria peace talks failure spurs US-Russia recriminations

    The United States accused Damascus today of paralyzing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons

    Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5 deadline, but the international mission overseeing the operation believes it can be done in a shorter time frame, diplomats said today.

  • 24/02/2014 | World

    Activists: Air raids in central Syria kill 26

    Air raids on rebel-held towns across Syria have killed 26 people, activists said, two days after the UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks.

  • 09/02/2014 | World

    Syria: Six hundred evacuees out of Old Homs

    Six hundred people have left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs, a local official said, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the most protracted blockades of Syria's devastating conflict.

  • 12/02/2014 | World

    Syria killing accelerates as peace talks falter

    Syrians have been dying in greater numbers than ever since peace talks began three weeks ago, activists said, as troops pounded rebel towns on the Lebanese border and negotiations faltered in Geneva.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Syria 'failure' looms, mediator seeks US, Russian help

    Warning that "failure" was staring him in the face, the Syria peace talks mediator said that the United States and Russia had promised renewed support to keep their rival Syrian allies talking.

  • 27/01/2014 | World

    Syria peace talks hit trouble as Homs 'starves'

    The United States demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US accuses Syria of dragging its feet on chemical arms

    The United States accused Syria of dragging its feet on the handover of chemical weapons, a delay that puts at risk what US President Barack Obama touted only this week as a US diplomatic achievement in Syria's civil war.

  • 02/02/2014 | World

    83 killed as Syrian forces bomb Aleppo

    Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo today, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign many consider a war crime.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Syrian opposition leader demands a future without President Assad

    Syria's opposition leader has laid out his demands for talks on ending his country's civil war, calling for the creation of a transitional government that does not include President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    Syria opposition refuses to meet government in Geneva talks

    Syria's first peace talks have faltered before they began, with opponents of President Bashar al-Assad refusing to meet his delegation unless it first signs up to a protocol calling for a transitional government.

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Face-to-face Syrian talks stall once more

    Face-to-face talks between Syria's warring parties stalled over easing the humanitarian crisis, opposition delegates said, deepening doubts over tougher political negotiations which are due to follow.

  • 19/01/2014 | World

    Syrian rebels reject 'hollow' peace talks

    A powerful alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels have rejected upcoming peace talks, meaning that even if the talks reach an unlikely breakthrough in the three year old civil war, it will be harder to implement it on the ground.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Syria gov't, opposition clash at first summit

    Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility at a UN peace conference, where world powers also offered sharply differing views on forcing out President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 29/11/2013 | World

    Syrian forces re-take town in Qalamoun region

    Forces loyal to Assad have recaptured a Christian town on the main highway north of the capital, the army said, putting them back on the offensive in the strategic region near the Lebanese border.

  • 15/12/2013 | World

    Syrian helicopter bomb raids kill 36 in Aleppo

    Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" on the disputed northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today.

  • 16/12/2013 | World

    Russia: US ignored appeals for Syria chemical arms proof

    Russia has accused Washington of ignoring Moscow's appeals for proof of government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country's more than 2-1/2-year old civil war.

  • 13/10/2013 | World

    Gunmen abduct six Red Cross workers and local volunteer in Syria

    Gunmen abducted six Red Cross workers and a local volunteer of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in northwest Syria today, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

  • 10/11/2013 | World

    Syrian army retakes northern military base in third day of clashes

    Syrian forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants recaptured an army base in northern Syria from rebels today, the third day of heavy fighting for the strategic military target which has changed hands three times since Friday.

  • 24/11/2013 | World

    Scores killed as rebels fights to break siege in outskirts of Damascus

    Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists said today.

  • 22/09/2013 | World

    Russia: West exploiting Syria deal to force Security Council ruling

    Russia has accused the West of trying to exploit a chemical weapons deal with Syria to push through a UN resolution threatening force against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Assad says Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad has affirmed.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Syria compares militant onslaught to 9/11 attacks

    Syria's foreign minister has compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    Assad government hails 'victory' in arms deal, troops attack

    Syria's government hailed as a "victory" a Russian-brokered deal that has averted US strikes, while President Barack Obama defended a chemical weapons pact that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil war.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Kerry urges 'strong' UN resolution on Syria

    Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that the US-Russian agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons must be backed by a UN resolution with the teeth to force compliance from President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 19/09/2013 | World

    Kerry: Security Council must be prepared to take Syria action

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was essential the deal reached last Saturday be enforced and that the UN Security Council be willing to act on it next week, when the UN General Assembly holds its annual meeting in New York.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    US President Barack Obama has said that he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned US military strikes.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Syria backs chemical weapons plan while it bombs Damascus

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal today to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US strikes, while its warplanes bombed rebel positions in Damascus for the first time since the West threatened military action.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US: Diplomatic solution for Syria will take time

    The White House warned that a diplomatic solution over Syria would take "some time" and pledged to pursue talks despite skepticism from US lawmakers that Damascus would make good on a Russian plan to surrender its chemical weapons.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Assad: US should 'expect everything' in response to any Syria strikes

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned against possible reprisal attacks if the United States attacks Syria, saying that if there were military strikes, Americans can "expect every action."

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Clashes renewed near Syrian capital over historic Christian town

    Syrian government forces launched an offensive to wrest back control of an historic Christian town north of Damascus today, activists said.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Syria says 'welcomes' Russian chemical arms arsenal proposal

    Syria said it "welcomed" a Russian proposal to place the nation's chemical weapons under control but stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Putin 'does not rule out' approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack would be illegal without UN support.

  • 08/09/2013 | World

    Italian and Belgian freed after kidnapping in Syria

    Italian journalist Domenico Quirico and Belgian teacher and writer Pierre Piccinin da Prata have been freed after being kidnapped in Syria in early April, officials said.

  • 02/09/2013 | World

    Syria asks the United Nations to stop US strike

    Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by US President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month's chemical weapons attack.

  • 02/09/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad says French strikes would lead to 'repercussions'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad scorned allegations that his forces were behind the chemical attack in Damascus last month and warned that any French military action against his government would lead to "negative repercussions".

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Obama wins support from leaders in Congress for Syria military strike

    President Barack Obama urged quick congressional action authorizing the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives for limited strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    China urges restraint over Syria, calls for calm

    China's foreign minister urged restraint in the growing tensions over Syria, saying any military intervention in the crisis would only worsen turmoil in the Middle East.

  • 01/09/2013 | World

    US says sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry builds case for war

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday tests showed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus as he sought to build the case to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize a military strike against the Syrian government.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    Syria gas attack perpetrators must face justice, says Arab League

    The Arab League has determined that those behind the chemical attack in Syria should face international justice, and called on U.N. Security Council members to overcome their differences and take action to end the killing there.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Syrian gas attack must draw reaction, Merkel and Cameron agree

    The leaders of Germany and Britain believe that Syria's government should not to go unpunished for an apparent poison gas attack on its own people, Berlin said.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Obama makes case for punishing Syria over gas attack

    Barack Obama vowed that the Syrian government would face "international consequences" for last week's deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

  • 25/08/2013 | World

    Syria lets UN inspect gas attack site, Washington says too late

    Syria has agreed to let the United Nations inspect the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack from Monday onwards, but a US official said any such offer would be "too late to be credible" and there was little doubt the government was to blame.

  • 26/08/2013 | World

    US seeks accountability for Syria gas attack, closer to military response

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has laid the groundwork for possible military action against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical weapons attack, implicating President Bashar al-Assad's forces in a "moral obscenity."

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Obama weighs possible military response after Syria chemical attack

    US President Barack Obama considered options for a possible military strike on Syria in response to a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds as Syria sought to avert blame by saying its soldiers had found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Cameron, Obama see 'increasing signs' of Syria chemical attack

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama agreed on Saturday on the need to deter the use of chemical weapons, and were concerned about "increasing signs" that Syria attacked civilians, a spokesperson for Cameron said.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Syrian army kills 62 rebels east of Damascus

    Sixty-two rebel fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush at dawn today near the town of Adra, east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, said.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Syria attack prompts emergency UN security council meeting

    Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Syria says army retakes Homs district from rebels

    Syrian authorities said today the army had regained full control over a rebel-held district of Homs after weeks of fighting in the central city which has been at the heart of the two-year uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 03/08/2013 | World

    Syrian rebels seize anti-tank missiles in raid on army base

    Syrian rebels captured an ammunition depot north of Damascus from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, activists said, seizing a hoard of anti-tank missiles and rockets which will strengthen their firepower after a string of defeats.

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    Thirty killed in heavy fighting in Syrian mountains

    Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal Akrad mountains overlooking the Mediterranean on Sunday and a monitoring group said at least 30 people were killed.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    Putin warns on arming Syrian rebels as conflict widens

    Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned the West against arming Syrian rebel forces, which he said included "terrorist" groups, and warned that a swift exit by President Bashar al-Assad risked creating a dangerous power vacuum.

  • 08/07/2013 | World

    Battles intensify in Syria's strategic city of Homs

    Syrian troops fought with rebels in Homs in a battle seen as crucial to the government's attempts to drive a wedge between opposition-held areas and establish links between the capital and President Bashar al-Assad's coastal strongholds.

  • 22/07/2013 | World

    US congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebel forces

    President Barack Obama can go ahead with a plan for the United States to arm the struggling Syrian rebels after some congressional concerns were eased, a key Republican lawmaker said.

  • 06/05/2013 | World

    Israel to Assad: air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels

    Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

  • 21/05/2013 | World

    Israel fires back at Syria after gunshots at its troops

    Israeli troops shot at a target across the Syrian frontier today in response to gunfire that struck its forces in the Golan Heights, the Israeli military said.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    G8 leaders call for peace talks as soon as possible to resolve Syrian civil war

    Global leaders called for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the Syrian civil war but they failed to mention the fate of President Bashar al-Assad in a final G8 summit communique.

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    Assad 'peace plan' greeted with scorn by enemies

    A defiant President Bashar al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Air strike near Damascus kills 20: opposition activists

    An air strike on a rebel-held town southwest of the Syrian capital Damascus killed 20 people, resident opposition activists said.

  • 10/02/2013 | World

    Opposition 'would talk to Assad in northern Syria'

    Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib said he was willing to hold peace talks with President Bashar al-Assad's representatives in rebel-held areas of northern Syria.

  • 05/12/2012 | World

    Clinton says 'desperate' Assad could use chemical weapons

    Washington fears a "desperate" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could use chemical weapons as rebels bear down on Damascus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today, repeating a vow to take swift action if he does.

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Syria denies using Scud missiles

    Syria denied today that it had used Scud missiles in its fight against "terrorist groups," a Foreign Ministry statement posted on state news agency SANA said.

  • 03/01/2013 | World

    Syria rebels in push to capture air base

    Rebels battled today to seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to fight back against the air power that has given President Bashar al-Assad's forces free rein to bomb rebel-held towns

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels fire at, miss Assad's palace

    Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar al-Assad's palace in Damascus today but missed, in an attack underlining the growing boldness of forces fighting to end his family's 42 years in power.

  • 08/11/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels hit official forces; I'd live and die in Syria,' Assad warns

    Syrian rebels attacked army roadblocks in Midan district in the heart of Damascus today to relieve pressure on outlying rebel strongholds being pounded by air strikes and artillery, opposition activists said.

  • 03/12/2012 | World

    Syria denies plans to use chemical weapons

    Syria would not use chemical weapons, if it had them, against its own people, the foreign ministry said in a statement on state television today.

  • 21/10/2012 | World

    Assad tells Syria envoy arms flows to rebels must stop

    A car bomb killed 13 people in central Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad told an international mediator seeking a truce in Syria's civil war that the key to any political solution was to stop arming rebels.

  • 25/10/2012 | World

    Fighting near Damascus ahead of truce deadline

    President Bashar al-Assad's forces fired heavy tank and rocket barrages at a Damascus suburb today, killing five people, opposition activists said, a day before a UN-brokered ceasefire is due to come into force.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    Air strike kills 20 rebels in Syria

    At least 20 Syrian rebel fighters were killed in an air strike in the northwest province of Idlib, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

  • 04/09/2012 | World

    Red Cross chief holds aid talks with Syria's Assad

    The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today during a mission to push for better access for aid workers, an ICRC spokesman said.

  • 08/09/2012 | World

    EU may impose new Syria sanctions as Assad clings to power

    The European Union may impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad as soon as next month, EU diplomats said.

  • 14/10/2012 | World

    Assad forces accused of using cluster bombs as rebels gain

    Syrian government forces have dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in the past week as they battle to reverse rebel gains on a strategic highway, Human Rights Watch said.

  • 26/08/2012 | World

    Assad's forces accused of massacre near Syrian capital

    Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's army of massacring scores of people in a town close to the capital that it recently recaptured from rebels.

  • 28/08/2012 | World

    Warplane attacks on Damascus suburbs kill 60, activists say

    Syrian fighter planes made rare sorties on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, killing at least 60 people in its eastern suburbs, the same day a Syrian military helicopter crashed while under rebel fire, activists said.

  • 01/09/2012 | World

    Syrian rebels hit back at Assad's air power

    Rebels seized an air defence facility and attacked a military airport in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said, hitting back at an air force on which President Bashar al-Assad is increasingly relying to crush his opponents.

  • 19/08/2012 | World

    Syria: Assad makes rare appearance for prayers

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed Eid prayers in a Damascus mosque today, state television showed, his first appearance in public since a stunning July bombing in the capital that killed four of his top security officials.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    UN monitors pull out of Syria

    United Nations military observers left Damascus after a four-month mission in which they became helpless spectators of Syria's spiraling conflict, instead of monitoring a ceasefire between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    Military hits town near Damascus, 60 killed in Syria

    Troops and tanks swept into a restive town near Damascus today in an assault aimed at crushing opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, whose struggle for survival has dragged Syria into an increasingly bloody war.

  • 07/08/2012 | World

    Syrian forces encircle rebels in Aleppo stronghold

    Syrian rebels trying to fight off an army offensive in Aleppo said today they were running low on ammunition as President Bashar al-Assad's forces encircled their stronghold at the southern entrance to the country's biggest city.

  • 14/08/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad suffers rebuff from pan-Islamic body

    President Bashar al-Assad faced another diplomatic blow with the suspension of Syria from the Saudi-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, a step opposed by his Shi'ite Muslim ally Iran.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    Syria: bomb strikes Damascus near UN and army sites

    A bomb exploded in central Damascus today near several military buildings and a hotel housing UN observers, wounding three people and sending a pillar of black smoke into the sky above the Syrian capital.

  • 20/07/2012 | World

    Syria: intelligence chief dies, refugees flood borders

    A fourth member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle died today from a bomb attack this week and his forces fought to recapture border posts and parts of Damascus from rebels who have converged on the capital.

  • 05/08/2012 | World

    Assad's forces pound rebel stronghold in Aleppo

    Syrian army tanks shelled Aleppo and a helicopter gunship strafed rebel positions with heavy machinegun fire as they fought for control of the country's biggest city and key battleground of the 17-month uprising.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    Syria premier defects to anti-Assad opposition, says spokesman

    Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has defected to the opposition seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a spokesman for Hijab said today, marking one of the most high profile desertions from the Damascus government.

  • 26/06/2012 | World

    Assad says Syria at war as battle reaches capital

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Tuesday that his country was at war and ordered his new government to spare no effort to achieve victory, as the worst fighting of the 16-month conflict reached the outskirts of the capital.

  • 09/07/2012 | World

    Syria: Annan meets Assad in Damascus

    Kofi Annan said he had constructive talks in Damascus today with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who said the UN peace envoy's plan to end 16 months of bloodshed was being undermined by US political support for "terrorists".

  • 18/07/2012 | World

    Two Syrian rebel groups claim Damascus attack

    Two rebel Syrian groups claimed responsibility for an explosion in Damascus today that killed several top state officials, hailing it as successful strike at the heart of the government.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad names former minister as new PM

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad named a Baath Party stalwart to form a new government, signaling no political concessions to a 15-month-old uprising, as helicopters and tanks pounded rebels near the Mediterranean coast.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    US Geithner warns nations will seek 'maximum financial pressure' on Syria's Assad

    The US Treasury today warned Syria that more than 55 countries would seek to impose "maximum financial pressure" on President Bashar al-Assad's government in an effort to stop his regime's violence against Syrian people.

  • 11/06/2012 | World

    Syria: Assad forces renew Homs assault

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have renewed efforts to impose control in Homs province, killing at least 35 people in one of the biggest bombardments since a failed UN-mandated ceasefire in April, opposition activists said.

  • 27/04/2012 | World

    Nine dead in suicide bomb near Damascus mosque

    A suicide bomber killed nine people including security officers at a Damascus mosque today, Syria's interior ministry said, in another blow to a fraying UN-brokered truce between President Bashar al-Assad and rebels fighting for his downfall.

  • 30/05/2012 | World

    Syria rebels give Assad 48-hour deadline to end violence

    Syrian rebels today gave President Bashar al-Assad a 48-hour deadline to abide by an international peace plan to end violence or face consequences, a rebel spokesman said.

  • 02/06/2012 | World

    Peacemaker Annan talks tough with Syria's Assad

    International envoy Kofi Annan criticised President Bashar al-Assad for failing to comply with a peace plan to end the Syria conflict and said his forces were carrying out atrocities, arbitrary arrests and other abuses regardless of the world outcry against him.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    EU slaps sanctions on Assad's family

    The European Union slapped sanctions on the wife and mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today, increasing pressure on his government to halt a bloody crackdown against an armed uprising.

  • 28/03/2012 | World

    UN urges Syria's Assad to implement peace plan

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to quickly implement a peace plan that he has accepted which calls for the army to return to its barracks.

  • 01/04/2012 | World

    Clinton to Assad: Don't delay implementing peace plan

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday he could no longer delay implementing a UN-Arab League peace proposal to end fighting in Syria.

  • 10/02/2012 | World

    Explosions kill 25 in Syrian city of Aleppo

    Two explosions outside security bases in Aleppo killed 25 soldiers and civilians today, Syrian television said, in the worst violence in Syria's commercial hub in an 11-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 08/03/2012 | World

    Annan urges end to Syria violence

    Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, said he would urge President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to stop fighting and seek a political solution, drawing angry rebukes from dissidents.

  • 13/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron vow partnership; urge Iran to 'meet its obligations or face the consequences'

    In a joint article for yesterday's Washington Post, United States President Barack Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the two countries’ historical partnership and vowed to extend the relationship as the two work together on key international issues.

  • 24/12/2011 | World

    Angry Syrians bury Damascus bombing dead

    Thousands of Syrians chanted "Death to America" today during funeral processions in Damascus for at least 44 people killed in twin suicide bombings that rocked the capital.

  • 11/01/2012 | World

    Syria's Assad speaks to crowd in Damascus

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, fighting 10 months of pro-democracy protests, greeted thousands of rapturous supporters in a Damascus square today, only a day after breaking a six-month public silence.

  • 09/02/2012 | World

    Syria forces bombard Homs, UN condemns 'appalling brutality'

    Syrian forces bombarded opposition-held neighborhoods of the city of Homs with rocket and mortar fire today, activists said, as divided world powers struggled to find a way to end the violence.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Syria's Assad in interview denies ordered crackdown

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering a crackdown against anti-government protesters, telling ABC news that most people who died in the unrest were his troops and supporters.

  • 08/12/2011 | World

    Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs

    Syrian pipeline carrying crude from oilfields in the east of the country was blown up near the restive city of Homs on Thursday, according to anti-government activists and the official news agency SANA.

  • 13/12/2011 | World

    Syria death toll hits 5,000 as insurgency spreads

    More than 5,000 people have been killed in nine months of unrest in Syria, the UN human rights chief said, as an insurgency began to overshadow what had initially been street protests against President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year rule.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    Activists say Syrian forces killed eight protesters

    Syrian forces killed at least eight people when they opened fire to disperse protests against President Bashar al-Assad after prayers in Damascus and Homs, activists said, and Russia's president urged him to undertake reforms or step down.

  • 01/11/2011 | World

    Syria says reaches deal with Arab League to endunrest

    Syria said today it had reached a deal with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    UN: Syrian crackdown has killed over 3,500

    More than 3,500 people have been killed in Syria's crackdown on protesters, the United Nations said today, as the military pressed its campaign to put down resistance against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in the city of Homs.

  • 02/09/2011 | World

    EU agrees to ban crude from Syria

    European Union governments agreed to ban imports of Syrian oil in a move to strengthen economic pressure on the President Bashar al-Assad and his government, EU diplomats and officials said.

  • 28/09/2011 | World

    Syrian tanks pound anti-Assad fighters for second day

    Tanks pounded a Syrian town that has become a refuge for army deserters for a second day, residents said, in the first major battle with defecting soldiers since a six-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began.

  • 30/09/2011 | World

    UN demands access to Syria as tens of thousands protest

    An UN-backed rights commission urged Syria to let it into the country to investigate reports of killings and torture, including of children, during six months of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 21/08/2011 | World

    Assad warns action against Syria will backfire

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said unrest sweeping the country had become more militant but he was confident it could be controlled and warned that any military action against his nation would backfire.

  • 23/08/2011 | World

    US diplomat makes suprise visit to Syrian town

    The US ambassador made a surprise trip to a southern Syrian town today, his second visit to an area rocked by protests against President Bashar al-Assad, a move likely to antagonize authorities in Damascus.

  • 24/08/2011 | World

    Syrian forces raid eastern towns, EU may embargo oil

    Syrian forces killed one person and arrested dozens in raids on an eastern tribal region today as part of a crackdown on dissent which could lead to European Union oil sanctions on Damascus as early as next week.

  • 09/08/2011 | World

    Assad: Syria won't stop fight against 'terrorists'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad his forces would continue to pursue "terrorist groups" after Turkey pressed him to end a military assault aimed at crushing protests against his rule.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Turkey pressures Syria to end crackdown

    Syrian tanks have begun leaving the central city of Hama and Turkey expects the Syrian government to start reforms within 15 days to ease popular unrest, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said today.

  • 18/08/2011 | World

    Obama to ask Syria’s Assad to step down

    President Barack Obama will call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down and slap new sanctions on his government in a toughening of the US stance toward the Syrian leader, a US official said.

  • 11/07/2011 | World

    Diplomats say Assad loyalists attack US, French embassies

    French embassy guards in Damascus fired live ammunition to disperse loyalists to President Bashar al-Assad who tried to break into the compound and are still surrounding it, diplomats in the Syrian capital said. A similar crowd broke into the US embassy but later left, they added.

  • 12/07/2011 | World

    White House: Syria's Assad has lost legitimacy

    The White House, echoing comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day earlier, said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had lost legitimacy and was "not indispensable."

  • 31/07/2011 | World

    Dozens killed as Syria army storms Hama

    Syrian tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama, killing at least 45 civilians in a move to crush demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, residents and activists said.

  • 04/06/2011 | World

    Syria forces kill 70 in anti-Assad protests

    Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters yesterday, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11-week revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 18/06/2011 | World

    Syria forces storm border town near Turkey

    Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed a town near the Turkish border today, burning houses and arresting dozens, witnesses said, in a persistent military campaign to crush popular revolt.

  • 24/06/2011 | World

    Thousands protest against Syria's Assad

    "Tell the world Bashar is without legitimacy," shouted several thousand protesters in the Damascus suburb of Irbin, an eyewitness said, the chants echoing over the phone. Syria has expelled most foreign journalists.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Obama seeks to recast ties with skeptical Arab world

    President Barack Obama invoked the killing of Osama bin Laden as a chance to recast relations with the Arab world and said the top US priority was to promote democratic change across the region.

  • 21/05/2011 | World

    Eleven killed as Syrian funeral becomes protest

    Syrian security forces shot dead 11 mourners in the central city of Homs on Saturday at a mass funeral for people killed in the latest crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, a rights campaigner said.

  • 31/05/2011 | World

    UNICEF worries over “Horrific acts” against children in Syria

    The UN children's agency UNICEF called on Syria to investigate reports of "horrific acts" of violence against children detained during the current wave of unrest in the Arab country.

  • 04/05/2011 | World

    Assad sends more soldiers to crush Syria uprising

    Syrian army units backed by tanks have tightened the siege of two defiant urban centers, in a sign that President Bashar al-Assad is widening the use of the military to crush demonstrations against his autocratic rule

  • 14/05/2011 | World

    Three killed in Syrian town, hundreds flee to Lebanon

    Three people were killed after Syrian troops and gunmen entered the town of Tel Kelakh, a rights campaigner said, and hundreds fled what they said was fierce fighting into neighboring Lebanon.

  • 17/05/2011 | World

    Tanks storm south Syria city

    The West warned of more pressure on Syria if a crackdown against pro-democracy protests continues, hours after tanks stormed a city in the south, cradle of an uprising against Baathist rule. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that both the European Union and the United States were planning more steps.

  • 29/03/2011 | World

    State TV: Syrian government resigns

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepted the resignation of the government, Syrian state television said. He was expected to address the nation in a speech which may include a decision to abolish emergency laws

  • 23/04/2011 | World

    Syrian forces raid homes, Assad opposition mounts

    Secret police raided homes near Damascus overnight, rights campaigners said, as popular opposition to authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad mounted following the bloodiest attacks on pro-democracy protesters.

  • 26/04/2011 | World

    At least 400 civilians killed in Syria revolt

    Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 400 civilians in their campaign to crush the country's month-long peaceful pro-democracy revolution, the Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said.

  • 16/04/2011 | Sports

    Syria's Assad vows to lift emergency law by next week

    President Bashar al-Assad emergency law in place for almost 50 years in Syria would be lifted by next week but ignored popular demands to curb the security apparatus and dismantle its authoritarian system.


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