Latest Bashar Assad News

Top Iran diplomat: Tehran ready for closer ties with Riyadh

May. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country is ready for closer ties with regional rival Saudi Arabia, adding that he hoped recent talks between the two sides would lead to greater stability in the region. Mohammad Javad Zarif was...

Hezbollah leader backs Iran talks with US, Saudi Arabia

May. 07, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group on Friday indicated his support for a dialogue between Iran one one side and the U.S. and Saudi Arabia on the other. Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that such talks could benefit Tehran and...

UN official reports undeclared Syrian chemical warfare agent

May. 06, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. disarmament chief reported the discovery of an undeclared chemical warfare agent at a Syrian site to a Security Council meeting Thursday where the United States and its Western allies clashed with Russia over international findings that Syria has used chemical...

Syrian court accepts 3 candidates to run for president

May. 03, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has accepted three applications out of 51 for candidacy for this month’s presidential elections in the war-torn country, state media reported Monday. The largely symbolic election is certain to be won by President...

Syria's Assad grants amnesties before presidential election

May. 02, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for several categories of crime committed before May 2, state news agency SANA said. SANA did not give a reason for the amnesty but it came days before...

UN Syria envoy says there's interest in stepped up diplomacy

Apr. 28, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Wednesday that key global players are interested in stepped-up international diplomacy to “unlock progress” toward ending the country’s 10-year war. Geir Pederson called for exploratory discussions to...

Russian military intervenes to halt clashes in Syrian city

Apr. 27, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military police have been deployed to a city in northeastern Syria to halt clashes between Kurdish forces and Syrian government-allied fighters, a Russian officer said Tuesday. Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, the head of the Russian military’s...

Syria rights group urges world to reject presidential vote

Apr. 26, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading Syrian rights group Monday called on the international community to reject next month’s presidential elections because they will take place under the rule of President Bashar Assad, who is implicated in war crimes. Paris-based Syrian Network...

Syria schools begin final exams weeks early because of virus

Apr. 25, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students in government-controlled parts of Syria began taking final exams Sunday after a three-week schools closure to limit the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency SANA reported. Syria has witnessed a sharp...

Today in History

Apr. 25, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 25, the 115th day of 2021. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller...