ARTICLES RELATING TO BASHAR ASSAD

Syrian woman stoned to death for 'adultery'

2014-07-18 13:49

Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

Syria's Assad to be sworn in for 3rd term

2014-07-16 11:46

President Bashar Assad will be sworn in and set out his plans for a new seven-year term, state media reports, after his victory in an election that has affirmed his grip on power.

Iran ex-president can 'co-operate' with US

2014-07-09 20:04

Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "co-operate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive.

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

2014-07-09 12:27

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

Transfer of Syria chemical weapons complete

2014-07-03 08:20

The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a US vessel has been completed in an Italian port, the Pentagon says.

US seeks $500m to arm select Syrian rebels

2014-06-27 08:08

President Barack Obama is seeking to bolster US efforts to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition.

Syria becoming 'another Somalia' - UN envoy

2014-06-09 08:02

Former UN envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the war-torn country is heading toward becoming "another Somalia" ruled by warlords, in an interview published in a German weekly.

Assad declared landslide victor in Syria election

2014-06-05 10:41

President Bashar Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election and has demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war.

Arabs mostly give Obama negative 2014 report card

2014-06-04 14:14

A new poll shows that Arabs believe the Obama administration has little commitment to a Palestinian state and should not intervene militarily in Syria.

Syria voting extended

2014-06-03 18:19

Voting in Syria's presidential vote, being held in regime-held areas, had been extended for five hours.

5 things to know about Syria's presidential vote

2014-06-03 10:42

Syria's first multi candidate presidential elections in decades is being touted by President Assad's government as measuring Syrians' support for him after three years of civil war.

Polling stations open in Syria's presidential vote

2014-06-03 07:01

Polling stations have opened in government-held areas in Syria for the country's presidential election - a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win.

Syria opposition powerless as Assad holds election

2014-05-30 08:53

Syria's divided rebels and their foreign backers are watching in disbelief as the government gears up for an election to give Bashar Assad another presidential mandate despite their uprising.

Assad's re-election assured in Syria

2014-05-28 08:33

Syrian President Bashar Assad is preparing for an inevitable re-election as the civil war shifts in the army's favour, with rebels losing ground and world powers paralysed by divisions.

Syria army cuts off major rebel supply route

2014-05-23 09:02

Syria's army has broken a siege of Aleppo prison, cutting off a major rebel supply route, as Damascus allies China and Russia vetoed a bid to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Pope to hear from Syria's refugees in Jordan

2014-05-22 09:56

Pope Francis will hear first-hand accounts of the horrors of Syria's war when he meets refugees in Jordan as he begins a three-day visit to the Holy Land.

At least 162 000 killed in Syria conflict

2014-05-19 13:09

At least 162 000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group says, with thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar Assad's forces.

Syria's Homs rebels relieved after exit

2014-05-14 11:41

Syrian rebels who evacuated Homs after a two-year siege and daily bombing are rediscovering the simple joy of eating well and resting. But many feel far from home and dream of return.

Syrians stream back to Homs Old City

2014-05-10 17:04

Syrians have streamed back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs, picking through the remains of their homes and trying to come to terms with the destruction.

Court names Assad, 2 others for Syrian election

2014-05-04 19:21

An official with Syria's Supreme Constitutional Court has said that President Bashar Assad and two others will be candidates in the coming June presidential elections.

Mortar shells kill 14 in central Damascus

2014-04-29 13:00

Four mortar shells have exploded in central Damascus, killing 14 people and wounding scores, state media says.

Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid

2014-04-23 14:26

The head of Syria’s main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor says.

Syria to hold presidential elections in June

2014-04-21 20:27

Syria will hold presidential elections in June, the country's parliament speaker has announced - a vote President Bashar Assad is likely to contest and win

Rebels spotted with US-made rockets in Syria

2014-04-16 07:15

Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

 

Syria's Assad sworn in for 7 more years

2014-07-16 16:12

Syria's President Bashar Assad has been sworn for a new seven-year term, warning Western and Arab governments they will pay dearly.

Rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

2014-07-11 08:34

At least two rockets have been fired from southern Lebanon into Israel, a report and security sources say, adding that it is unclear who fired them.

Britain to destroy extra 50 tons of Syrian arms

2014-07-09 13:32

Britain says it would destroy a further 50 tons of material from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, taking the total amount it has agreed to process to 200 tons.

UK had plan to train 100 000 Syria rebels - BBC

2014-07-04 08:15

Britain had planned to train and equip a 100 000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar Assad before it was deemed to be too risky, BBC Newsnight reports.

Syria rebels say Islamic State 'null and void'

2014-07-01 08:26

Syrian rebels, including the main Islamist factions, say the creation of a caliphate by the Islamic State (IS) was "null and void".

Kerry issues warning after Syria bombs Iraq

2014-06-26 08:42

Syrian warplanes have bombed Sunni militants’ position inside Iraq, military officials say, deepening concerns that the extremist insurgency could morph into an even wider regional conflict.

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

2014-06-06 08:11

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital.

Syria must hand over last chemical arms - UN

2014-06-05 07:49

The head of the mission overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal has urged Damascus to urgently hand over its remaining agents, and pressed countries with influence to intervene.

Amid war and shelling, Syrians vote for president

2014-06-03 19:06

Tens of thousands of Syrians have vote, cheered for Assad in an election decried by the opposition as a sham.

Turkey places Syria jihadists on terror list

2014-06-03 14:00

Turkey has added al-Qaeda's franchise in neighbouring Syria to a list of terrorist organisations, in a sign of the country's growing concern over the rise of radicals across the border.

Assad eyes certain win in Syria vote

2014-06-03 07:59

Voting offices have opened in Syria for a presidential election that Bashar Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a "farce" by the opposition.

Qaeda renegade group kills 15 Kurds in Syria

2014-05-30 10:59

An al-Qaeda renegade group has killed 15 Kurdish people, seven of them children, in an attack on a village in northern Syria, a monitoring group and a photographer at the scene says.

Situation in Syria has deteriorated - Obama

2014-05-29 11:20

President Barack Obama says he believes the situation in Syria has deteriorated but the hand of the moderate opposition may be stronger.

Deadly mortar attack hits Assad gathering in Syria

2014-05-23 12:12

A mortar shell has struck an election gathering in support of President Bashar Assad in southern Syria, killing a number of people, state media and opposition activists report.

Syrian al-Qaeda reach foothills of Israeli-held Golan

2014-05-22 10:26

Atop the hill of Tel Ahmar just a few kilometres from Israeli forces on the Golan Heights, Syrian Islamist fighters hoist the al-Qaeda flag and praise their mentor Osama bin Laden.

Defence minister for Syrian opposition resigns

2014-05-19 12:17

The minister of defence for Syria's opposition government has resigned following disagreements with the body's head, highlighting divisions among President Bashar Assad's opponents.

Massive tunnel bomb hits Syria army base - video

2014-05-15 13:26

Rebels have detonated 60 tons of explosives packed underneath a large Syria army base, blowing a hillside hundreds of metres into the air, an insurgent says.

Obama meets Syrian opposition leader

2014-05-14 11:41

President Barack Obama has met Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in a show of support for moderate, embattled foes of President Bashar Assad.

Syria troops enter Homs as last rebels pull out

2014-05-09 15:08

Syrian troops have entered the Old City of Homs and begun clearing the ex-rebel bastion of mines as the opposition fighters prepared to pull out.

Airstrike on Syria school kills 9 – activists

2014-04-30 13:30

A government airstrike has hit a school in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least nine people, including three children, activists say.

UN must block flow of arms to Syria - HRW

2014-04-29 09:08

An international rights group has called for the UN Security Council to block the flow of weapons to the Syria government, which it says is launching attacks with "barrel bombs".

New Syria chemical claims emerge

2014-04-22 13:56

Claims have emerged that President Bashar Assad's government may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal.

Syria army advances in Homs as car bomb kills 14

2014-04-19 11:59

Syrian army forces have advanced around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs, as a car bomb hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing 14 people.

Rebel mortar fire in Syria kills child, hurts 40

2014-04-15 12:29

Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital has killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media says.

 
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