Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (c) meets members of a ministerial committee responsible for establishing a framework aimed at ending the two-year conflict with anti-government forces last week. Photograph: Reuters/Sana.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilise the Middl(...)

Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib (second from right) arrives at the opening of its embassy in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.  A Syrian opposition bloc recognised by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria has opened its first embassy there.  Photograph: Mohammed Dabbous

A Syrian opposition bloc recognised by the Arab League as the sole representative for Syria opened its first embassy in Qatar yesterday in a di(...)