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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Damascus enjoys relative calm this Ramadan as missiles subside

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 04:51am by AFP

    ... on Wednesday when Assad was being sworn in for a new term, he admitted. "But we're still optimistic, it was a lot worse last year," he said. At the Dama Rose hotel, in an upmarket ... broke out. "We get together to chat, smoke a hookah, until late," said the man in his 40s. "It's a big change from Ramadan last year when we'd race home at sunset ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556764/damascus-enjoys-relative-calm-ramadan-missiles-subside
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... to a senior minister. He urged Western countries to recognise "new realities" by joining the battle against terrorism and ending their support for rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar ... spokesman, his arguments closely echo those of Assad, who will be inaugurated for a new term this week. European countries, including Britain, were changing their minds about Syria, Mekdad suggested. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian rebel group Dawud Brigade defects to Islamic State

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:41pm by NYT

    ... in Syria's Idlib province, arrived on Sunday in Raqqa, a city in northeastern Syria that Islamic State has made its main headquarters for more than a year. The defecting rebels moved in a convoy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550554/syrian-rebel-group-dawud-brigade-defects-islamic-state
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Transfer of Syrian chemical weapons complete: Pentagon

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:43am by Agence France-Presse in Washington and Reuters in Slaviansk

    ... year, that may have killed as many as 1,400 people. “The transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete,” said Pentagon press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545328/transfer-syrian-chemical-weapons-complete-pentagon
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Barack Obama seeks US$500 million from Congress to train, equip Syrian rebels

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:07pm by AFP

    ... for the 2015 financial year, which begins on October 1. The bulk of that amount, US$58.6 billion, has been allocated to the Defence Department. In a separate statement, National Security Council ... aid was dispatched. "Four years into this war, we are unable to sustainably reach nearly half of those identified as being in the direst need," Amos said. Associated Press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541552/obama-seeks-us500-million-congress-train-equip-syrian-rebels
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Three years after revolt to topple him began, Assad retains grip on power

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 05:54am by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post in Beirut With revolt against him crumbling and his foes divided three years on, Syrian leader can likely pacify enough of the country to claim victory Assad's grip on power stronger than ever Three years into the revolt against his rule, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in a stronger position than ever before to quell the rebellion against his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1449582/three-years-after-revolt-topple-him-began-assad-retains-grip-power
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    100,000 victims’ names read in global protest against UN inaction on Syria

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 08:49pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York 100,000 victims' names read in global protest Activists began reading the names of 100,000 people killed in Syria outside UN headquarters, in a modest launch of what they hope will be a global protest. A dozen Syrian-Americans opposed to President Bashar al-Assad started the event in New York's Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The names of 100,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524687/100000-victims-names-read-global-protest-against-un-inaction-syria
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Assad certain of crushing win in Syria's controversial presidential vote

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:39pm by AFP

    ... of abortive negotiations. The exiled opposition has made Assad's departure from power a precondition for any negotiated settlement and his re-election for a new seven-year term is likely ... little-known challengers and is expected to win, despite a massive rebellion and a three-year war which the UN has warned is likely to drag on even longer as a result of the vote. In Damascus, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524438/assad-certain-crushing-win-syrias-controversial-presidential-vote
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

    Posted May 31st 2014, 11:01am by AFP

    ... in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight in the three-year war that has already left 162,000 people ... in 2011. Estimates of the number of foreign fighters who have flooded into Syria in the past three years range from between 9,000 to 11,000, with most believed to have come from neighbouring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1522478/us-confirms-american-carried-out-syria-suicide-bombing
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Human Rights Watch says evidence 'strongly suggests’ Syria regime used chlorine gas

    Posted May 13th 2014, 04:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut New York-based rights group says there is evidence indicating Assad regime used chlorine gas on three towns under rebel control in April Evidence “strongly suggests” Syria’s government used chlorine gas on three towns in mid-April in violation of the chemical weapons treaty it joined last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. The New ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511235/human-rights-watch-says-evidence-strongly-suggests-syria-regime-used

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