Syrian Vice-President Farouk al-Sharaa has said neither his government nor the rebels fighting to overthrow it can achieve a decisive victory in the conflict - a rare admission by a top official that the outcome sought by President Bashar al-Assad is unlikely.Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 4:08am
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has appealed for a halt to firing on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, after air strikes on Yarmuk camp in Damascus killed at least eight civilians.
The Islamist Hamas movement, whose leadership-in-exile was based in Damascus until a recent falling-out with Syrian authorities, condemned the attacks, calling them a crime.18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am
US President Barack Obama proclaimed Syria’s newly reframed opposition as the “legitimate” representative of the nation’s people on Tuesday, in the most significant US intervention in a brutal civil war.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Four years ago, Fadi Chehne moved to China with his father, who wanted to pursue new business opportunities in Asia when the economic crisis hit the West. The 24-year-old, who was born in Syria and grew up in Morocco, studies international trade in Beijing. Although he did not want to move initially, he now sees a future for himself in China.9 Dec 2012 - 4:54am
The US State Department has expressed concern over the influence of fundamentalist groups in Syria, including al-Nusra Front, which is said to have ties to al-Qaeda.
As opposition fighters in Syria struggle to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that groups such as al-Nusra are increasingly "a matter of concern" to Washington.8 Dec 2012 - 5:51am
Nato has approved Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to defend its border against Syria following a series of blunt warnings to Damascus not to use chemical weapons.6 Dec 2012 - 5:26am
The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons, after intelligence reports showed the Syrian regime may be readying the arms and may be desperate enough to use them against rebels, US officials said.
One US official said Monday that Syria had begun mixing chemicals that might be used to make deadly sarin gas.5 Dec 2012 - 2:25pm
Nato told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons in his fight against rebel forces would be met by an swift international response.4 Dec 2012 - 9:31pm
Syrian web, phone lines still down amid clashes1 Dec 2012 - 3:47am
Simultaneous bombings in the mostly Druze and Christian town of Jaramana, near Damascus, yesterday killed more than 50 people and left a trail of destruction.
The explosives-packed cars blew up at daybreak in a pro-regime neighbourhood of the mainly Christian and Druze town of Jaramana, state media and a rights watchdog reported.29 Nov 2012 - 6:37am
The six Gulf states recognised a newly formed opposition bloc as the Syrian people’s legitimate representative on Monday, as border violence stoked fears of a spillover of the 20-month conflict.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to "live and die" in Syria, saying in an interview broadcast yesterday that he will never flee his country despite the bloody, uprising against him.9 Nov 2012 - 3:39am
Bombings, clashes and air strikes shook Syria on Tuesday as British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would back giving safe passage to President Bashar al-Assad if it meant ending the bloodshed.7 Nov 2012 - 10:35am
Brother of parliament speaker assassinated
BEIRUT - Gunmen shot and killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in the capital, Damascus, the state-run news agency reported on Tuesday. The Sana news agency said Mohammed Osama Laham, brother of Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham was killed. AP7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am
Syrian rebels launched a devastating car bomb attack Monday that killed 50 pro-regime fighters, a watchdog said, as air strikes pounded rebel positions and the opposition held talks on an overhaul.6 Nov 2012 - 12:30pm