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Syria’s Assad says US pressure, sanctions obstructing return of refugees

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Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Wednesday blamed US sanctions and pressure on the United Nations and Syria’s neighbours for the reticence of more...

Syria’s Assad says Russian bases in his country keep balance of...

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Syrian President Bashar al Assad said the continued presence of Russia’s major naval and air bases in his country help counter the influence of...

Syrian amnesty offer

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The Syrian government announced an amnesty for men who deserted the army or avoided military service, giving them several months to report...

After Aleppo, Syria’s Assad still far from regaining his state

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When President Bashar al-Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as...

Syria’s Assad’s rule nearing end – Israel Vice PM

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The rule of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is approaching an end and the situation has become irreversible, said Israeli Vice Prime Minister...

Turkey tells Syria’s Assad: Step down!

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Turkey bluntly told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down for the sake of his people, tightening regional pressure on Damascus while...

Syria’s Assad seen ignoring Gaddafis’ fate

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The chilling spectacle of Muammar Gaddafi's brutal end last month and the capture of his son Saif al-Islam this week, far from...

Syria faces growing world pressure to halt bloodshed

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Jordan's King Abdullah told Syria's President Bashar al-Assad he should step down and the European Union added pressure with more sanctions after...

Twenty killed in Syria, Assad meets Arab ministers

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At least 20 people died in clashes and strikes paralysed parts of Syria as President Bashar al-Assad held an inconclusive meeting with...

Assad replaces governors in two Syrian provinces

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad replaced governors in two regions that have seen sustained protests against his rule and activists said security forces...

Gaddafi’s death emboldens anti-Assad protesters in Syria

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The killing of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi fuelled anti-government rallies across Syria after Friday prayers and security forces killed 25 people in a...

Syrian forces raid town as Assad’s foes unite

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Syrian forces hunted insurgents in the central region of Homs as they sought to crush armed resistance that is emerging after six...

EU sanctions target mobile phone Syriatel

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The European Union imposed sanctions on Syria's main mobile phone operator Syriatel and its largest private company, Cham Holding, to intensify pressure...

Russia resists Syria sanctions, Assad forces kill 22

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Russia has rejected Western calls for wider sanctions on Syria over its violent crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, in which...

Syria’s Assad says military operations halted

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that military and police operations against pro-democracy protesters have stopped, but activists...

Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad – analysts

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A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the...

Syrian forces kill 5 people in two towns – residents

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Syrian security forces shot dead three civilians in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor residents said, in a new effort to try...

Loyalist troops besiege Damascus suburb after protests

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Loyalist troops commanded by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brother surrounded a suburb in the capital Damascus residents said, part of a campaign...

Assad under pressure from Qatar embassy closure, EU

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Diplomatic pressure mounted on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after Qatar, previously a major supporter, shut its embassy in Damascus and the European...

Clinton says Syria’s Assad has lost legitimacy

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy and is "not indispensable," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as tension soared over...

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