Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi said today the Syrian people have decided president Bashar al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him to stand in elections this year. The comments were the strongest indication yet that Dr Assad intends to extend his rule and are sure to anger opposition politicians and fighters. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

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A Free Syrian Army fighter rests next to his weapons in al-Swaika district in Aleppo at the weekend. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Rebel groups in Syria’s north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to an anti-government campaign that had stalle(...)