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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

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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 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.

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.

US underestimated Islamic State in Syria, says Barack Obama

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David Lerman and Phil Mattingly President Barack Obama said US intelligence officials failed to appreciate the gains made by Islamic State extremists in Syria during the last few years of that country's civil war.

US-led air strikes target IS fighters attacking Syrian town

A British RAF tornado fighter jet prepares to land on an airstrip in Cyprus, at RAF Akrotiri, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27, 2014.

New US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters failed to stop them from pressing their assault on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish border on Saturday, hitting it with shell fire for...

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Middle East fallout: Iran haggles with US over nuclear program

Paul McGeough Washington: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani well knows the spaces between the diplomatic art and real politik – that's where he does the splits between retaining Tehran's...

British minister Brooks Newmark quits over explicit photos

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David Cameron was plunged into a double crisis last night after one of his ministers resigned over a sex scandal and another MP defected to Ukip.

US airstrike goals muddied by Syrian civil war

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Ben Hubbard United States President Barack Obama said the US-led airstrikes in Syria would do nothing to aid President Bashar al-Assad.

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President Obama turns blowtorch on craziness in the Middle East

US President Barack Obama addresses the UN General Assembly.

Paul McGeough American President Barack Obama has taken a tough stand over the craziness of today's Middle East. Paul McGeough takes a look.

US, Arab planes hit refineries in Syria

Rebecca Collard and Craig Whitlock The US military and two Arab allies have bombarded a dozen small oil refineries in eastern Syria as part of an expanding campaign to cut off key sources of financing and fuel for the Islamic State,...

Israel shoots down Syrian warplane

Smoke rises from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab after it was bombed by a Syrian fighter jet. The jet was shot down by the Israeli military moments later.

Israel has downed a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights in the first such incident in three decades, and warns it will respond "forcefully" if its security is threatened.

US Congress approves Obama's plan for arming Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama speaking after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.

Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder The US Senate has approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and...

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

Tom Perry Kurdish fighters issue call to arms and plea for world's help as Islamic State advances on key crossing between Syria and Turkey.