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Islamic State steps up oil, gas sales to Assad regime, its largest source of funds

By  BENOIT FAUCON and AHMED AL OMRAN Islamic State has ramped up sales of oil and gas to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. and European officials said, providing vital fuel to the government in return for desperately needed cash. The regime’s purchases are helping sustain Islamic State amid unprecedented military pressure on the militant group in […]

Syria's Assad says Astana talks will focus on ceasefire

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week will focus on enforcing a cessation of hostilities to allow aid access across the country. "I believe that they will focus, in the beginning, and will...Show More Summary

Syria's Assad hopes for 'reconciliation' deals from Astana talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed Russian-backed peace talks in Kazakhstan aimed to produce local "reconciliation" agreements with rebel groups whereby they would give up their weapons and receive a government pardon.

Assad Linked To Syrian Chemical Attacks For First Time

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n" style="transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px);">International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict,...Show More Summary

Exclusive: Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

(Reuters) - International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Turkey says united, peaceful Syria impossible with Assad

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey still believes a united and peaceful Syria is impossible with President Bashar al-Assad but wants to proceed "step-by-step" and see the outcome of planned peace talks in Astana, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Friday.

Syria’s al-Assad welcomes Fillon’s policies on terrorism

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he welcomed conservative French presidential candidate François Fillon’s policies on terrorism.

Syria's Assad vows to retake key area near Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake an area that supplies Damascus with water and rejected any negotiations on his departure at upcoming talks in Kazakhstan. Millions of people have been without water for weeks after...Show More Summary

Syrian government ready to negotiate on 'everything', Assad says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government is ready to negotiate on "everything" in proposed peace talks in Kazakhstan but said it was not yet clear who would represent the opposition and no date had been set.

Syria's Assad 'optimistic' on new peace talks: French MP

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told visiting French lawmakers on Sunday that he was "optimistic" about new peace talks planned for later this month, a member of the delegation told AFP. Lawmaker Thierry Mariani said the Syrian president...Show More Summary

Assad tells French MPs he is ‘optimistic’ about peace talks

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad told visiting French lawmakers on Sunday that he was "optimistic" about new peace talks planned for later this month, a member of the delegation told French news agency AFP.

Russia Announces “Fragile” Cease-Fire in Syrian Civl War, Peace Talks

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Syrian rebel groups have reached a cease-fire set to go into effect at midnight local time, Russia announced on Thursday. This is the third such cease-fire in the past year, with the previous two...Show More Summary

Syrian rebel charged in Sweden on suspicion of war crimes

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A former Syrian opposition fighter has been charged with breaching international law over the execution in 2012 of seven soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the Swedish prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

Turkey aims to establish Syria ceasefire before new year, foreign minister says

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey aims to establish a ceasefire in Syria before the new year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that Ankara would not hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

With an Eye on South Korea’s Presidency, Ban Ki-moon Seeks to Burnish his U.N. Legacy

The outgoing U.N. secretary-general touts his support for climate change and gay rights, regrets failures from Haiti to North Korea, and calls Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a liar.

Turkey and Russia have ceasefire plan for Syria, says Ankara

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said, adding Ankara would not budge on its opposition to President Bashar al-Assad staying in power.

Hezbollah says Aleppo could pave way to political solution

Hezbollah leader  Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday the Syrian government’s defeat of rebels in Aleppo this week had ended their hopes of ousting President Bashar al-Assad and could pave the way to a political solution for the country. Troops from the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah are fighting alongside Syrian government forces against rebels opposed to Assad’s […]

Aleppo recapture deals setback to Gulf rebel backers

The Syrian army's recapture of Aleppo has dealt a setback to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two supporters of rebel forces whose struggle to oust President Bashar al-Assad appears increasingly fruitless. Along with fellow US ally Turkey, the two wealthy Gulf countries have backed armed groups fighting government forces in Syria's civil war. Show More Summary

Aleppo sees shelling, air strikes again as Assad urges peace talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels shelled Aleppo and air strikes resumed around the city on Friday as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies said the insurgents' withdrawal from the city could pave the way toward a political solution for the country.

Distinguished people of 2016

From the mundane (Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton) to the horrific (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s bloodbath), there were plenty of people who distinguished themselves in 2016 by their ineptness, cowardice, dishonesty and cruelty. But let’s try to keep in mind some who stand out for positive reasons. They deserve praise. Sen. […]

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