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ISIL, jihadist group tormenting Iraq, threatening region

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 16:22

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which dealt a spectacular blow to Baghdad`s Shiite-led government by grabbing Iraq`s second city Mosul, now poses a threat across the Middle East.

Assad tops list of Syria war crimes suspects handed to ICC: Ex-prosecutor

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 10:25

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tops a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels drafted by experts for prosecution someday, a former international war crimes prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Syria begins prisoners` release under presidential pardon

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 06:15

A day after President Bashar al-Assad declared a general amnesty which covers crimes committed before Monday, the first batch of Syrian inmates were released from government jails here Tuesday.

A `gift` from the President: Bashar al-Assad declares amnesty for Syria prisoners

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:35

In what a Syrian lawmaker termed a “gift from the President”, the recently triumphant Bashar al-Assad announced a general amnesty for all crimes committed before June 9, 2014, reported state news agency (SANA).

Syria slams EU criticism of Presidential Election

Last Updated: Saturday, June 07, 2014, 20:31

The Syrian government condemned the European Union`s criticism of its presidential election, branding it a "violation" of national sovereignty.

Syria`s Assad sweeps `non-election` US says changes nothing

Last Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014, 18:54

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a new seven-year term with nearly 90 per cent of the vote but Washington said the "non-election" changed nothing and activists said it would spell only more war.

China`s Xi repeats call for political resolution for Syria

Last Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014, 09:41

Chinese President Xi Jinping repeated on Thursday a call for a political resolution to the Syrian crisis and his country`s support for an inclusive political transition on Thursday, and offered to boost aid for Syrian refugees.

Bashar al-Assad wins Syria election with 88.7 percent of votes: Speaker

Last Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014, 00:55

Bashar al-Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote in Syria`s Presidential Election, Parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham announced.

Bashar al-Assad set for victory in wartime vote slammed by West

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 17:37

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was on course today to claim a sweeping victory in an election held amid raging conflict that Washington called a "disgrace".

Presidential election in Syria is a disgrace: US

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 08:43

The United States has said the presidential election in Syria is a "disgrace" and its president Bashar al-Assad has lost his credibility which he had before the elections.

Syria holds controversial wartime presidential vote

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 05:53

Syrians voted in a Presidential Election in which Bashar al-Assad is looking to tighten his grip on power as his forces battle rebels in a devastating three-year war.

US slams Syrian elections as `a disgrace`

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 05:27

The United States denounced Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad`s attempt to shore up his authority by staging Presidential Elections in the middle of a brutal civil war.