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# Bashar Assad

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France issues arrest warrant for Syrian President over alleged war crimes
Warrants were issued for President Bashar Assad, his brother, and two army generals.
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UN commission 'has enough to prosecute Assad for war crimes'
“The preparatory work has been done, but nevertheless, there is no prosecutor and no court.”
France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas attack
It says the chemical fingerprint was developed in Syrian laboratories.
Syrian rebels storm Sunni village, leaving 14 dead
Both State media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the attack.
Faces of War: Syrian children make the most of makeshift homes
The real lives behind the civil war which the world barely notices.
'God, Bashar, and that's all': Assad announces presidential candidacy
Shouts of “God, Bashar, and that’s all” were heard from schoolchildren following the announcement.
Syria rebel commander freezes to death in bitter cold - report
Syria has been struck by a severe snowstorm that has seen a number of people die from the cold.
'Clear and convincing evidence' that chemical weapons used in Syria
The United Nations report concluded that there have been at least five deadly attacks.
Syrian children return to school for first time in a year
Children in the rural village of Madaya went back to school last week. Here are the first photos of them in class, playing football and making do.
Meeting of chemical weapons watchdog on Syria postponed again
Syria has handed over details of its chemical weapons arsenal.
Syria war has reached stalemate
Neither side can win, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.
G20 fails to heal rift on Syria at Russia talks
Putin has emerged as one of the most implacable critics of military intervention against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Putin: Idea of Assad using chemical weapons is 'utter nonsense'
The Russian president said it would be “utter nonsense” for the Assad regime to hand a “trump card” to those calling for military intervention.
President Obama says no decision has been made on Syria but insists world must act
The US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that “the question is no longer what do we know, the question is what we in the international community do now.”
UN chemical inspectors shot at in Syria
A UN spokesperson confirmed the attack.
Syrian opposition accuses regime of killing 1,300 in chemical weapons attack
Pro-opposition groups say that government forces used a “poisonous gas” in an attack earlier today but the government says the reports are “totally false”.
Barack Obama has decided it's time to send weapons to Syrian rebels
Associated Press reports that the White House has reached a view that the Syrian crisis requires greater intervention by western powers.
France says Assad regime has used the deadly chemical sarin
Meanwhile, it is reported this morning that the Assad regime has retaken the key western town of Qusayr.
US, French and Russian ministers to meet for Syria talks
There will also be a meeting of the EU’s 27 foreign ministers in Brussels.
Israeli PM visits China after Syria strikes
Benjamin Netanyahu’s signalling of a return to “business as usual” may indicate that Israel does not expect an immediate retaliation for this weekend’s airstrikes.
Syrian refugees 'now make up 10 per cent of population of Lebanon'
Oxfam said the figure is comparable to the entire population of Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Derry all moving to Dublin.
Study finds 26 Irish people have fought in Syria
Researchers in London found that between 2,000 and 5,500 people from other countries have joined the rebel forces to fight against the Assad regime.
Syrian opposition in disarray as leader attempts to resign
But matters were confused by the Syrian National Coalition’s refusal to accept Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib’s resignation earlier today.
Assad vows to 'cleanse' Syria after attack
The statement was made after a suicide bomb at the Iman Mosque in Damascus.
There are now one million Syrian refugees
“This tragedy has to be stopped,” says UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. The refugees arrive “traumatised, without possessions and having lost members of their families”.
Syrian conflict spills into Iraq as dozens killed in ambush
In a separate development rebel forces have seized parts of Raqqa city, the capital of the northern province of Raqqa, in what could be a significant development.
Iran: ‘Bashar al-Assad will run for Syrian president again next year’
Iran’s foreign minister says the country officially expects Assad to remain in power for the rest of his mandate, and run again.
Russia in ground-breaking talks with Syrian opposition
The development brings with it a glimmer of hope for the end of the bloody conflict.
Syria's war worsening 'by the day', says UN envoy
Lakhdar Brahimi believes he has a ceasefire plan that could be accepted by the international community, including Russia.
Syrian rebels claim capture of infantry base in Aleppo
The fall of the army installation in Syria’s largest city is the last blow to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Syria cuts off internet and phone networks
Authorities say the interruption is “maintenance” – but activists are accusing the Syrian regime of preparing a massacre.
Syria state TV journalist shot dead: official media
The official state news agency said that the man was the latest in a string of employees of pro-government media to be killed.
NGO: Two blasts kill and injure dozens in Syria
Meanwhile, Kurds say they have taken control of towns in the northeast.
Assad warns against armed intervention
Meanwhile the UN has said that the need for humanitarian aid in Syria could rise sharply early next year.
Syria's Assad refuses to flee: 'I'll live and die in Syria'
The beleaguered Syrian president is defiant, telling Russian TV: “I am not a puppet, I was not made by the West”.
Syria ceasefire in tatters as fighting rages
The death toll on the first of of Eid al-Adha reached 146, according to reports.
Protestors try to storm Lebanese government headquarters
Police used tear gas to repel protestors who stormed the headquarters of the Lebanese Prime Minister following the funeral of the security chief killed in a car bomb on Friday.