Syria said it was ready to hold talks on the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as part of a negotiated settlement to the civil war raging in the country, but the US reacted with scepticism.Thursday, 23 August, 2012, 4:17am
China said yesterday that it would host an envoy of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and consider another visit by members of the opposition, as Beijing steps up its diplomacy to help resolve the crisis gripping the Middle Eastern country.14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm
Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said yesterday.
Abdelbasset Sida, head of the Syrian National Council, said the US had realised the absence of a no-fly zone to counter Assad's air superiority hindered rebel movements.13 Aug 2012 - 8:51am
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to show his regime is in control have taken a hit with the defection of Prime Minister Dr Riad Hijab. Of the growing list of political and military figures to have switched allegiance to the opposition Free Syrian Army rebels, none has been as high-profile.15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm
The tide has turned against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime. Although rebels are battling for control of the capital, Damascus, and the second city, Aleppo, civil war having come to the dictator's door is a turning point from which there can never be reconciliation.25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, due to speak at the China-Africa co-operation forum tomorrow, appealed to Beijing last night to provide more assistance to Africa, not only for economic development but also in political and social areas.18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday called for more punitive measures against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as he ended his two-day talks with top Chinese leaders.
'We believe that Assad should step down, and there should be sanctions against his regime,' Fabius said. 'But China opposes sanctions.11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
A street hawker's self-immolation in Tunis changed the course of history in North Africa and the Middle East. Western-styled electoral systems are likely to be institutionalised in the region, while traditional authoritarianism is on the wane. However, the process is going to be a long one.29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
We may have a higher level of 'wartime security measures' here
Activist Hu Jia tweets on the watch around his home
Not even monsters would carry out [the crimes] that we have seen, especially the Houla massacre ... There are no Arabic or even human words to describe it
President Bashar al-Assad10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am