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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".

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 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.

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.

Julie Bishop condemns Syria over use of toxic weapons

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the government is disturbed by the report's findings.

Australia has joined the world in condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after an international investigation found his rogue regime used chemical weapons against civilians.

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Claims of Saudi hand in September 11 attacks hang over Obama's speech

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Paul McGeough It was ironic that the launch of Barack Obama’s war on terror coincided with the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, doubly so because it meant the president’s pitch for Saudi Arabia to...

White House denies Steven Sotloff was 'sold' to Islamic State by Syrian rebels

US journalist Steven Sotloff was executed by Islamic State militants.

Despite claims by family, Washington has rejected assertions that American journalist Steven Sotloff was "sold" to militants by moderate Syrian opposition rebels.

Dozens of freed Fijian UN peacekeepers arrive safely in Golan Heights

Free at last: Fijian UN peacekeepers arrive in Israeli-held territory.

Baz Ratner After being taken hostage by al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front in Syria, the peacekeepers are safe and alive.

John Kerry wins Arab states' support for Iraq and Syria military campaign

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with attendees before a meeting of the Gulf Arab region at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jason Szep The United States signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to...

President announces US-led effort to combat Islamic State

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Chris Zappone US president Barack Obama has announced a sustained, US-led effort to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which would include action in Syria.

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Why aren't Muslims speaking out against Islamic State's atrocities?

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Paul McGeough First it was quiet – and then a lone voice from the Gulf. After we’d all been watching horrified for weeks or longer, Yasmine Bahrani stuck her head above the parapet and asked the...

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Islamic State says Vladimir Putin's throne is 'under threat and will fall when we come to you'

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Jihadists threaten the Russian President, saying 'This is a message to you, oh Vladimir Putin, these are the jets that you have sent to Bashar, we will send them to you.'

Syrian raids kill foreign militants

Rebel fighters at a graduation ceremony in al-Ghouta, near Damascus, on September 4.

Suleiman al-Khalidi Eighteen foreign fighters from Islamic State, including an American, were killed in a Syrian air raid, according to a UK-based monitoring group.

Chinese Islamist fighter reportedly held by Iraqis

An Islamist video posted last year shows a fighter named as ‘‘Bo Wang’’ in Syria.

Edward Wong The Iraqi Defence Ministry has posted on its Facebook page photographs that it says show a captured Chinese man who was fighting on behalf of the Islamic State, the Sunni jihadist group, also known...