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French jail sentence for uncle of Syria's Assad

Paris - A Paris court on Wednesday found Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's uncle guilty of misappropriating public funds in Syria, laundering the spoils and building a vast property portfolio in France with ill-gotten gains.

Verdict in French graft trial of Bashar al-Assad's uncle

Paris - A Paris court will give its verdict Wednesday in a trial on money laundering charges for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's uncle, who amassed a fortune in France over several decades.

Assad's 20-year rule, from Damascus Spring to pariah

Beirut - Bashar al-Assad's rise to power after three decades of his father's iron-fisted rule raised hope of democratic opening. But 20 years later, Syria is isolated and war-ravaged.

Assad says Erdogan blackmailing Europe with refugees

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of blackmailing Europe by opening its borders to fleeing refugees.

French prosecutor seeks jail, huge fine for Syrian leader Assad's uncle

Paris - France's national finance prosecutor called Monday for a four-year prison sentence and a 10 million euro fine for Rifaat al-Assad, uncle of the Syrian president, accused of money laundering related to his vast property empire in France.

Spain mulls $660 mn graft case against uncle of Syria's Assad

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court is mulling legal action against President Bashar al-Assad's uncle for laundering hundreds of millions of euros taken from Syrian state coffers, legal documents showed Friday.

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

Syria's first lady undergoes operation over cancer: presidency

Damascus - The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has undergone a "successful" operation as part of treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said on Sunday.

Syria issues pardon for army deserters, draft dodgers

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad issued a general amnesty Tuesday for army deserters and those who have avoided compulsory military service during the country's seven-year civil war, state media said.

Syria's first lady diagnosed with breast cancer: presidency

Damascus - The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said on Wednesday.

'Victory is near,' Syria's Assad tells troops

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were close to winning the country's seven-year civil war after inflicting a succession of defeats on rebels.

Syria's Assad says next priority is retaking Idlib: Russian media

Moscow - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian media on Thursday his regime's next priority would be retaking Idlib province, currently dominated by rebels and jihadists.

Assad's son takes part in maths competition in Romania

Bucharest - The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania, where he has asked to be treated like any normal student, an education official said Tuesday.

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

France moves to strip Assad of his Legion d'Honneur

Paris - The French government plans to strip Syrian President Bashar as-Assad of his Legion d'Honneur, France's most prestigious award, days after participating in airstrikes against suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria.

Syria's Assad warns Western action would 'further destabilise' region

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned on Thursday that threats of Western military action in response to an alleged chemical attack would only lead to further chaos in the region.

French graft trial looms for uncle of Syria's Assad

Paris - The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad alone accounts for 80 percent of the assets seized by French customs authorities last year as a four-year probe into his eye-popping assets in Europe winds up.

Turkey says Assad must go 'at some point'

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should leave office "at some point" in the future but denied there was any kind of contact between Ankara and Damascus over ending the seven year civil war.

Syria's Assad slams Turkey offensive as 'support for terrorism'

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday condemned Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, saying it was part of Ankara's support for extremist groups.

Assad-Kurd barbs raise fears of new Syria fault line

Kamishli - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a Kurdish-dominated force exchanged insults Monday, raising fears of a new fault line in the country's devastating seven-year conflict.

Tillerson: No future for Assad in Syria

Geneva - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Thursday that Bashar al-Assad has no future as leader of Syria and will have to leave office as part of a UN-mediated peace process.

Assad may win war but will preside over a ruined Syria

Birut - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad appears to be winning the war against those who sought his overthrow, but he will preside over a ruined country with an economy in tatters.

Syria's Assad visits Russian airbase

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad hailed Moscow's support Tuesday as he toured the airbase in western Syria set up for a Russian intervention that has shored up his regime.

Assad leads prayers in rare appearance outside Damascus

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Eid al-Fitr prayers in the central city of Hama on Sunday, appearing in public outside the capital for the first time in a year.

Syria's Assad says war's 'worst is behind us'

Damascus - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has said the worst of his country's six-year war "is behind us" after a string of advances by his forces backed by key ally Russia.

Assad comments on chemical attack '100% lies': French FM

Bejing - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's comments that last week's chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are "100 percent lies", French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday.

EU sees no future for Assad in Syria: foreign ministers

Luxembourg - President Bashar al-Assad has no future in post-conflict Syria but his fate is ultimately up to the Syrian people, EU foreign ministers said Monday in response to an apparent shift in US policy.

Syrian opposition rejects 'any role' for Assad

Geneva - The Syrian opposition to the Damascus regime said Thursday it rejected "any role" now or in the future for current President Bashar al-Assad, even though the United States now says Assad's departure is no longer a priority to end the conflict.

Assad says 'terrorists' hiding among Syrian refugees

Washington - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said some of the millions of refugees who have fled his country's conflict are "terrorists," in an interview published Friday.
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