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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".

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 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...

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.

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...

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 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: '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.

In case of James Foley, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

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Warren Strobel and John Irish After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of August 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for US air...

James Foley death: Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say US officials

US Barack Obama: unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement.

Missy Ryan Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the...

Islamic State makes true on 'blood' threat, killing US journalist James Foley

Photo: Manu Brabo shows James Foley who reported in the Middle East for five years. IMAGE SOURCE www.theage.com.au

Ruth Pollard Just hours after the US announced it would begin air strikes on militants in the north of Iraq, a propaganda video from the Islamic State emerged online with the warning: “We will drown you in...

Manhunt for British jihadist who beheaded US journalist

James Foley's killer

Chris Zappone The race is on to identify the jihadist militant with the British accent who spoke in the gruesome beheading video of US journalist James Foley.

Saudi father takes 10, 11-year-old sons to fight in Syria

A man identified as Nasser al-Shayeq and sons, Abdullah and Ahmed. One child holds a grenade.

A Saudi father gave his ex-wife the shock of her life when he informed her he was taking their 10 and 11 year-old-sons to join Islamist militants in Syria.

Barack Obama under fire over wisdom of anti-stupidity foreign policy

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Nick O'Malley Both Obama's critics and allies are taking pot-shots at his foreign policy, writes Nick O'Malley.

UN Security Council resolution targets jihadists in Iraq and Syria

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province.

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters.

Palestinian refugees forced to flee again as Syrian forces turn against them

A Palestinian girl stands in front of pro-Gaza graffiti that reads: 'Despite our injuries, we support Gaza. The blood of martyrs will not be wasted.'

Matthew Clayfield In an old tissue paper factory near the Syrian-Turkish border live people who are refugees twice over.

Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria's east

Fighters from  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant march in Raqqa, Syria, earlier this month.

Oliver Holmes and Suleiman Al-Khalidi Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Sunni support, Iraq's frail military created the ISIL monster

This still from a propoganda video shows ISIL fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the Jihadists' trademark flag.

Con Coughlin in London The speed with which Islamist militants have notched up a series of victories in northern Iraq represents a dramatic surge in the fortunes of an organisation that until recently was a little-known...