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Bashar al-Assad takes advantage of US-Russia split over Ukraine

Liz Sly in Beirut The Syrian President is taking advantage of the rift between Russia and the US over the Ukraine to try to crush the rebellion.

Bashar al-Assad denies using chemical weapons

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Assad tells US television interviewer there was no chemical attack, but if had happened, perhaps the rebels were responsible.

Bashar al-Assad to give up chemical weapons because of Russia initiative

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his government has agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in response to Russia's initiative and not because of the US threat of attack.

Bashar al-Assad: 'I must live and die in Syria'

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Richard Spencer, Ruth Sherlock and Damien McElroy President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has dismissed David Cameron's offer of safe passage out of the country.

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Iranian Minister for Culture and Guidence Mr Ali Janati (4th from left) kisses the Koran at the opening of an IT and digital media expo at the International Tehran Exhibition Centre, Tehran, Iran. 27th Feburary, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Paul McGeough Almost a week passes in Tehran before we catch a glimpse of the imposing Alborz Mountains. The peaks, usually obscured by a dense blanket of pollution hanging low over the Iranian capital,...

Self-immolation highlights woes of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Yara Abi Nader A United Nations official said a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who doused herself with petrol and set herself alight after her aid was cut was a victim of a lack of funding for the world body's work.

Edward Snowden documents show Malaysia is an Australia, US intelligence target

Edward Snowden: Gained access to high-classified documents using a web crawler.

Philip Dorling Malaysia’s political leadership is a priority intelligence target for the United States and Australia, according to top secret documents published by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.

Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence

A Syrian woman reacts following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the al-Sakhour district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 2.

Henry Meyer Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the US in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad, experts say.

Islamists seize control of Syria-Turkey border crossing

Residents of Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp

Mitchell Prothero Syrian rebels seize crossing connecting Turkey to Syria's Latakia province, considered the heartland of support for President Bashar al-Assad, in heavy fighting that took the lives of three members...

Barack Obama considers sending shoulder-fired missiles to Syrian rebels

Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons President Barack Obama is weighing whether to allow shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to be shipped to moderate factions of the Syrian opposition, possibly with help from the Saudi government,...

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US president and ageing Saudi monarch at odds

David Blair The US and Saudi Arabia are now at loggerheads over every burning issue in the Middle East.

Fighting rages in Assad's home province

Fighting is raging between rebels and loyalist forces in Syria's northern Latakia province, as Islamists sought to seize a border crossing into Turkey.

Russian fleet at heart of Ukraine crisis is vital for Putin

Andrew Osborn Sevastopol, Ukraine: Gently bobbing up and down in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Sevastopol in Crimea, Russia's storied Black Sea Fleet has an air of decay about it.

Saudis place terrorist label on the Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Arabia on Friday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, escalating a new campaign against the group across the region with a sweeping ban that imposed lengthy prison...

Turkey shoots down Syrian plane

A Turkish fighter jet flies above the Incirlik airbase, southern Turkey.

Daren Butler Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday which Turkey said had crossed into its airspace in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces for...

Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 45

A woman reacts during a funeral of a victim who was killed in an attack in Hilla, during a funeral in Najaf.

Duraid Adnan A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with explosives attacked a security checkpoint in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla on Sunday, killing at least 45 people and wounding more than 100, security...

Nuns freed after being held by Syrian rebels for three months

Firas Makdesi and Alexander Dziadosz About a dozen nuns held by rebels in Syria for more than three months were released on Sunday and arrived back in Syria after traveling through Lebanon, officials and witnesses said.

Assad prepares for polls as world marks three years of Syria war

Sangwon Yoon Amid planned worldwide vigils marking the third anniversary of the Syrian civil war's outbreak, the Syrian parliament met to discuss a long-delayed election law.

Islamist rebels claim kidnapping of 94 Syrian civilians

Islamist rebels in Syria have claimed responsibility for kidnapping at least 94 women and children belonging to President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite sect, according to a video published on...

Death comes silently from the sky to Aleppo

Birds fly over a damaged minaret in the historic city.

Richard Spencer The Syrian regime's barrel-bomb attacks on suburbs have forced people to flee across the border.