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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sworn in for new seven-year term

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term in a red carpet ceremony in Damascus, after an election his opponents had slammed as a "farce".

Bashar al-Assad declares 'general amnesty' for all crimes except terrorism in Syria

Anne Barnard Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting "a general amnesty" for all crimes except for "acts of terrorism", Syrian state television reported, raising tentative hopes among...

Six-year-old killed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chlorine gas offensive

Ruth Sherlock The Syrian army is filling barrel bombs with chlorine gas and dropping them on towns and villages in an attempt to crush a renewed opposition offensive in the civil war.

Homs cease-fire, evacuation hands victory to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

Dusan Stojanovic and Zeina Karam Homs, Syria: Isolated and battered after months of bombardment and blockades, Syrian rebels agreed on Friday to a cease-fire that would allow hundreds of fighters to evacuate their last bastions in...

Syria votes but election is assured for Bashar al-Assad as war rages on

Assured to win: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma vote in the election.

Donna Abu-Nasr Syrians in government-controlled areas went to the polls on Tuesday in an election that is set to give President Bashar al-Assad new impetus to suppress rebels fighting against him in the country's...

Syria re-elects Bashar al-Assad in election labelled a farce by rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a new seven-year term with nearly 90 per cent of the vote but Washington says the ''non-election'' has changed nothing and activists say it will spell only...

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

Victims of war: Covered in dust, a Syrian man holds a crying girl after an air strike by government forces on the Sahour neighbourhood of Aleppo.

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

Bashar al-Assad

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


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'

Bashar al-Assad.

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.

Australian-Lebanese cleric Hussam al-Sabbagh arrested for 'terrorist activity'

Tensions rising: Relatives of Islamists held in jail blocked a street to express their solidarity with those incarcerated in Tripoli.

A Lebanese-Australian cleric with links to al-Qaeda has been arrested in Tripoli, while a wanted man with Swedish nationality has also been killed in a police raid in the northern capital.

Philip Hammond replaces William Hague in UK cabinet

Eurosceptic: Britain's new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.

Katherine Haddon British Prime Minister David Cameron has named arch-eurosceptic Philip Hammond as his new foreign secretary as he unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle before next year's general election.

Three reasons Hamas keeps fighting a losing battle

Suffocating closure: Palestinian women hoping to cross into Egypt present their passports at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.

Ishaan Tharoor Why does Hamas persist with a military conflict it can't win? Here are three points to keep in mind.

Anti-Assad rebel brigade defects to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

A Free Syrian Army fighter at the Handarat camp, Aleppo.

Mousab Al Hamadee and Roy Gutman A Syrian rebel brigade has defected to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a sign that the extremist group continues to build strength after seizing vast territories in western Iraq and eastern...

Rockets fired from south Lebanon hit Israeli territory

Israelis watch as firefighters try to douse a fire from a rocket that hit a petrol station in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, wounding three.

Ori Lewis Two rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday, and Israel's army responded with artillery fire.

Sunni tribes unite with enemies to fight Iraq's rulers

Ruth Pollard Trapped in a state-sponsored campaign of violence and harassment with no end in sight, 27-year-old Bashir al-Ani says he had no choice but to pick up a weapon and join his Sunni tribe in the fight...

Journalists can be caught in webs of suspicion over 'dark' forces at play in Middle East

Egyptian demonstrators gather in Tahrir Square on January 31, 2011, the seventh day of protests against president Hosni Mubarak.

Jason Koutsoukis In the Middle East, nothing flourishes like a conspiracy theory.

Syrian aircraft bomb Sunni militant targets inside Iraq

'New Iraq': Kurdish peshmerga troops flying the Kurdish flag patrol part of Iraq's Salahuddin province.

Karen DeYoung Syrian government aircraft bombed targets inside Iraq on Tuesday, further broadening the Middle Eastern crisis a day after Israeli warplanes and rockets struck targets inside Syria.

Syria jihadists crucify rebels, rights group says

On the march: ISIL fighters parade through Raqa, its northern Syrian headquarters, earlier this month.

A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the jihadists, a monitor said on Sunday.

Kerry dash to broker Iraq solution

Fighters in the Shiite militia known as the Mahdi Army march past a map of Iraq in Baghdad as part of a show of force.

Rod Nordland US Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to the Middle East in a bid to unite Iraq's fractious leaders as Sunni militants seize more ground.