Hafez Al Assad

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Alois Brunner: The Austrian Nazi, responsible for the deaths of an estimated 130,000 Jews, died locked up  in a squalid Damascus basement, a French magazine has reported. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Nazi war criminal, believed responsible for the deaths of 130,000 European Jews during the second World War, died in a dungeon cell near the preside(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad  with the apostolic nuncio to Syria, Cardinal Mario Zenari, in Damascus on Monday. According to media reports, Cardinal Zenari handed Mr Assad a letter from Pope Francis expressing his heartfelt sympathy for Syria and its people and asserting the Vatican’s condemnation of all forms of extremism and terrorism. Photograph: EPA/Sana

The fight for Aleppo is almost at an end. The clusters of desperate Syrians who remain huddled in the last rebel redoubt face an imminent reckoning , (...)

A rebel fighter reloads the magazine of his weapon during clashes with regime forces in Ramussa on the southwestern edges of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Syrian rebels broke through to besieged opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday in an assault on a major government military complex meant(...)

Druze men from the village of Buqatat carry a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad during a rally in support of the Syrian regime at the weekend. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

When Arab Spring protests against autocratic governments erupted in 2011, the common causes in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Yemen, the countries most aff(...)

 Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Western powers want his removal from office as part of a Syrian peace deal. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

“Assad must go,” is the constant refrain from US president Barack Obama, French president François Hollande, British prime minister David Cameron and (...)

Anwar al-Bunni: “There is no future for Syria if the people responsible for war crimes are not brought to justice.”

When plain-clothes agents approached Anwar al-Bunni outside his Damascus home on May 17th 2006, his first reaction was one of weary familiarity. After(...)

In this 2010 file photo, Syria president Bashar al-Assad addresses reporters following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

Over the past two years, Bashar al-Assad has lost control of two-thirds of Syria. Last spring, Islamists took over most of the northwestern province o(...)

Jeb Bush at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photograph: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share(...)

Scotland Yard said a 46-year-old man was arrested last night in Brent, north-west London.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder in London last week of an imam who was a critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, police said(...)

Bashar al-Assad reviews the guard of honour on his arrival at his swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Damascus on Wednesday. He was elected for another seven-year term with 88.7 per cent of the vote in an election in June. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third term as Syria’s president, defiantly scorning enemies at home and abroad and claiming victory over those(...)

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