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Syrian envoy says country is ready to discuss departure of Bashar al-Assad

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

Unite now to plan post-Assad future

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

China steps up diplomacy in Syria crisis

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

Clinton, Turkish FM say no-fly zone among possible measures to help rebels

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

Assad's exile the only way for Syria

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

Talking points

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Olympic 'breaststroke queen' gives tips on swimming

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

UN chief urges Beijing to boost aid to Africa

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

Toughen up on Syria, Paris urges Beijing

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

Everyone wants a piece of Middle East as region moves towards democracy

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

Quotes of the week

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-Assad

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We may have a higher level of 'wartime security measures' here

Activist Hu Jia comments on Twitter that security around his home has been beefed up over the past few days

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

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

US and Russia are best hope for Syria

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's peace mission to end the bloody conflict in Syria always had only the slimmest chance of success. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plainly does not want to negotiate with his opponents, preferring to answer those who want him to give sway to democratic rule with guns.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Syrian massacre

What?

More than 100 people died, most of them women and children, during a massacre in the Syrian city of Houla last week.

Why?

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Jerome Lau hears verdict on indecent assault charges

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Nominations deadline for World Bank's top job

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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