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Russia must be convinced to 'finish with Assad': Hollande
Russia must be convinced to 'finish with Assad': Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that more efforts were needed to convince Moscow to drop its support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Russia must be convinced to 'finish with Assad': Hollande
EU gives oil boost to Syria rebels
EU gives oil boost to Syria rebels

Syrian rebels fighting President President Bashar al-Assad's troops won a fresh boost Monday when the European Union eased its oil embargo to let them exploit the resources they control.

EU gives oil boost to Syria rebels
Syria opposition chief quits over world 'inaction'
Syria opposition chief quits over world 'inaction'

Syrian opposition chief Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib is determined to step down in the face of what he sees as world "inaction" as government forces recapture territory from the rebels.

Syria opposition chief quits over world 'inaction'
Assad warns of instability, Obama to host Syria talks
Assad warns of instability, Obama to host Syria talks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the fall of his regime would destabilise the region "for many years", as US President Barack Obama announced talks with Middle East allies over the crisis.

Assad warns of instability, Obama to host Syria talks
Syria rebels seize UN peacekeepers, take key city
Syria rebels seize UN peacekeepers, take key city

Negotiations were under way with Syrian rebels who seized 21 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone between Syria and Israel, as rebels took total control of the key northern city of Raqa.

Syria rebels seize UN peacekeepers, take key city
Assad says confident of winning Syria war
Assad says confident of winning Syria war

President Bashar al-Assad said he is confident his troops will win the conflict ravaging Syria, as new calls were made on Monday for the International Criminal Court to launch a probe into war crimes.

Assad says confident of winning Syria war
Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. Photo courtesy of lapresse.ca
Syria opposition head seeks talks with Assad's VP

The United States has strongly backed a move by Syria's opposition chief to open dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to end 22 months of warfare that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

Syria opposition head seeks talks with Assad's VP
Assad fumes as Israel admits Syria air strike
Assad fumes as Israel admits Syria air strike

Israel has implicitly confirmed it staged an air strike on Syria last week, with President Bashar al-Assad accusing the Jewish state of trying to further destabilise his war-torn country.

Assad fumes as Israel admits Syria air strike
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) takes part in an interview with a news channel. ©REUTERS
Russia says Assad blundered, as regime courts opposition

Russia's prime minister has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a "grave, perhaps fatal error" by delaying political reforms, as Damascus courted opposition forces.

Russia says Assad blundered, as regime courts opposition
Women join ranks of Assad forces in Syria's Homs
Women join ranks of Assad forces in Syria's Homs

At 40 years of age, Abir Ramadan joined the all-female unit of Syria's new paramilitary force, pledging loyalty to Bashar al-Assad in the armed struggle against those seeking to topple the president.

Women join ranks of Assad forces in Syria's Homs
Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia
Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia

Russia said Sunday that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power was not part of past international agreements on the crisis and was impossible to implement.

Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia
UN peace envoy to meet Russian, US officials on Syria
UN peace envoy to meet Russian, US officials on Syria

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was set to meet top US and Russian officials Friday to discuss the Syrian conflict, a day after Damascus denounced his "bias" against President Bashar al-Assad.

UN peace envoy to meet Russian, US officials on Syria
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad meets International peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. ©REUTERS
Syria's Alawite area Assad's last resort: analysts

The last option for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, who is determined not to back down after 21 months of deadly conflict, is to battle to the end from a fortified Alawite statelet, analysts believe.

Syria's Alawite area Assad's last resort: analysts
Syria ushers in New Year with more violence
Syria ushers in New Year with more violence

Syrians woke up to air strikes near Damascus on New Year's Day and the closure of Aleppo airport after repeated rebel attacks, casting doubts on efforts to end the 21-month conflict.

Syria ushers in New Year with more violence
Defectors say Syrian state journalists 'kill with words'
Defectors say Syrian state journalists 'kill with words'

Lama al-Khadra summed up her work for Radio Damascus with a grim phrase: "Our mission was to kill with words."

Defectors say Syrian state journalists 'kill with words'
Assad forces take district of Syria's Homs: NGO
Assad forces take district of Syria's Homs: NGO

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday seized a district of the central city of Homs after a fierce assault that sparked a humanitarian crisis.

Assad forces take district of Syria's Homs: NGO
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. ©REUTERS
Russia invites Syria opposition chief for talks

Russia, one of the few powers to maintain links with the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has sent an invitation for talks to the head of the opposition Syria National Coalition.

Russia invites Syria opposition chief for talks
Syrian regime 'has no future' says US
Syrian regime 'has no future' says US

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held "constructive" talks in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad, as Washington warned Monday that his regime's days are numbered.

Syrian regime 'has no future' says US
Russia: 'political suicide' if Assad uses chemical arms
Russia: 'political suicide' if Assad uses chemical arms

Russia said on Monday it would be "political suicide" for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if it used chemical weapons against the armed opposition.

Russia: 'political suicide' if Assad uses chemical arms
Russia denounces West's 'dangerous' stance on Syria
Russia denounces West's 'dangerous' stance on Syria

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday denounced the West's "dangerous" stance in support of Syrian rebels seeking to unseat President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia denounces West's 'dangerous' stance on Syria