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Syrians in govt-controlled areas vote in local elections

DAMASCUS: Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots on Sunday in the first local elections there since 2011, when uprising in the country erupted against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Seven years since the last vote,…

Assad leads prayers in rare appearance outside Damascus

DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Eid al-Fitr prayers in the central city of Hama on Sunday, appearing in public outside the capital for the first time in a year. Assad's office published images of him praying inside the…

Tillerson to confront Russia over support for Assad

MOSCOW: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew into Moscow on Tuesday to confront Russia about its support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad after a suspected chemical weapons massacre. Tillerson is the first senior US official to visit Moscow…

Syria attack ‘crossed a lot of lines,’ says Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime had crossed a line with its latest alleged chemical attack and faces a US response. Trump described the strike on the rebel-held town of Khan…