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Bashar al-Assad to hold presidential elections this summer

Damascus - The Syrian presidential election will proceed as scheduled, at least according to officials. Despite the heavy death toll and destruction in the war-torn country, experts say things are looking up for Bashar al-Assad.

Op-Ed: New evidence shows US intelligence on Syrian sarin attack faulty

Damascus - U.S. technical intelligence on the Damascus sarin attack of August 21, 2013 appears flawed as new analysis of the rocket said to have delivered the gas in a main attack has too short a range to have been fired from government positions as the U.S. claims.

Syria's President Assad's letter to Pope Francis

Rome - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Saturday, sent a message to Pope Francis through a Syrian delegation to the Vatican headed up by Syria’s Minister of State Joseph Sweid.

Op-Ed: Free Syrian Army refuses to commit to ceasefire during Geneva 2

The Geneva 2 peace conference on Syria is set to meet on January 22. The western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) leader, General Salim Idriss said that he would not agree to a ceasefire during the talks.

Syria conflict: Geneva peace talks scheduled for January

Geneva - The long-promised peace conference aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis has been given a start date of January 22. The conference will be held in Geneva and will be the first talks to include representatives of the regime and the opposition.

Report warns on Al Qaeda's access to Syrian biological weapons

In a disturbing report released this week by the Henry Jackson Society, a direct line is drawn between the instability of the Assad regime in Syria and the ability of the Al Qaeda terrorist network to acquire biological weapons.

Russia has evidence linking Syrian rebels to chemical weapons use

Damascus - According to the Russian Sergei Lavrov, it is the Syrian rebels who are responsible for the August 21 chemical attack on Damascus suburbs and Russia has substantial proof which it plans to discuss at the UN Security council.

Syria: Russia gets new evidence of chemical weapons use by rebels

While the international community continued mulling over the Syrian civil war, Russia was supplied "new evidence" from Syria's Assad regime that rebels had used chemical weapons.

Op-Ed: Syria agrees to sign International Convention on Chemical Weapons

Damascus - Syrian President Bahar al-Assad has signed a decree stating that Syria will accede to international law governing chemical weapons, according to a UN spokesperson.

Syria welcomes idea to dispose of chemical weapons

Damascus - In a shocking turn of events, Syria has welcomed the idea of relinquishing all of its chemical weapons Monday to avoid a military strike by the United States.

Pope cries for peace while Obama makes case for Syria strike

Damascus - Anticipating possible US military action in Syria, Pope Francis two days ago called a military solution in Syria "a futile pursuit.” He led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East

Obama on a Syrian military strike: 'The world set a red line'

Speaking to reporters in Sweden, President Obama detailed his case for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria and said the red line drawn was the world's.

Op-Ed: Assad forces hammer Homs while SNC elects new leader

Homs - Assad's forces backed by Hezbollah hammered the Syrian central city of Homs, as they push an offensive against the key city using heavy air raids and artillery barrages.

Syrian troops make gains in Homs offensive

The Syrian army have managed to advance and push into a rebel held district in the city of Homs, one of their first significant gains in their offensive.

Foreign military intervention the only way to beat me: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has taunted the Syrian opposition by telling them that they've used all their options, and have still failed in removing him.

Russia, China, and Iran keep Assad's Syria economy afloat

Damascus - These days, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has to do business in Iranian rials, roubles from Russia or Chinese currency. All three countries are helping to bring some degree of stability to the war-ravaged Syrian economy.

Poll: 70% of Americans oppose arming Syrian rebels

According to a poll released from the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of Americans are opposed to plans to arm Syrian rebels.

Syrian army captures strategic town in southern Syria

The Syrian military scored a strategic victory today with the capture of Khirbet Ghazaleh, a southern town located on a key highway to Jordan.

Syrian officials deny using chemical weapons against rebels

Damascus - In their first response to accusations of using chemical weapons, Syrian officials have denied using such weapons against rebel fighters.

March was deadliest month in Syria

Over 6,000 people were killed last month making it the bloodiest month in the ongoing civil war in Syria. The report was released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Russia will not ask Assad to step down

Moscow - In an interview with the BBC, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the Russians would not be asking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Assad to step down, stating that Russia are not involved in the "regime change game".

Op-Ed: The Rights of World Heritage Sites

With the threat of destruction at the hands of dictators and fundamentalists do the nations of the world have a right and an obligation to protect United Nations World Heritage sites?

Ecuador may consider political asylum for Syria's Assad, if asked

Quito - President Rafael Correa says that while Ecuador has not been asked to grant political asylum to the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, the country may consider it, if requested.

Op-Ed: America's plans in Syria running into trouble

Damascus - Throughout the conflict in Syria, America has been one of Assad's staunchest critics, calling for his immediate removal, and possible prosecution.

Video: 'I'm not Western puppet — I live and die in Syria' — Assad

Damascus - RT News recently held an exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, and asked his views on the current conflict in Syria.

Op-Ed: Dictators hang on to power while the world looks on

It is said that dictators hang on to power and kill for it because they are psychopaths and paranoid narcissists. Fine. But that does not explain why the world simply looks on.

Op-Ed: Annan finally gets the message

The U.N. and Arab League appointed peace envoy to Syria has finally conceded that his peace plan has not been implemented and has subsequently placed the blame on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Op-Ed: The imprint of the act: impressions from Syria's massacre

The photographs of the dead Syrian children are fashioned on a digital scroll, one after the next conveyed in a window through intuitive navigation arrows. I can go forward and I can return. It is a granted exploration. I go forward.

Video: Man buried alive by Syrian soldiers

Video circulating in Turkey shows a man being buried alive allegedly by Bashar Assad's soldiers. Caution: the contents of this video are extremely disturbing and not suitable for viewing by all audiences.

Syrian regime wants guarantee in writing from opposition

The government in Damascus has called for "written guarantees" to be given by the opposition forces before it withdraws troops from flash-point's across the country.
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