Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) said on Tuesday there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict. "We express deep concern about the ongoing violence and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria and condemn the increasing violations of human rights by all parties," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at the VI BRICS summit held in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi al-Bahra was elected on Wednesday as new president of the Syrian National coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad.
British military had a secret plan to train and equip about 100,000 Syrian rebels to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad, BBC reports.
An Iranian general announced that Tehran is ready to support Iraq in an armed revolt employing the same methods used against opposition in Syria, suggesting that Iran has expressed a will to take on a more significant role in fighting Sunni militias that threaten Baghdad, reports Reuters.
Russia is critical of Western attempts to keep pumping money into the Syrian opposition, saying it will cause the crisis in the country to deteriorate further, and reiterates that there is no alternative to a political settlement, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.
The number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance has risen to 10.8 million, or about half the country's population, as conditions continue to deteriorate, UN humanitarian affairs Chief Valerie Amos warned Thursday. Amos, who briefed the UN Security Council on the implementation of humanitarian access resolution, said that thousands of Syrian civilians are dying every month in targeted or indiscriminate attacks.
Syrian rebel groups are recruiting 15-year-old children to battle against the government forces after promising them a free education, says a Human Rights Watch report, released on June, 23. Worse still, those groups are strongly backed by the US and Israel, US political commentator told Radio VR.
European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on 12 Syrian government ministers, accusing them of "responsibility for serious human rights violations".
US President Barack Obama warned Iran on Thursday it could end up fighting sectarian fury "in a whole lot of places" unless it helped stabilize Iraq and pushed for an inclusive, multiethnic government. Shiite Iran could play a "constructive" role in helping ease the crisis in Iraq sparked by the lightning advance of Sunni radicals from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Obama said.
US military may once again return to Iraq, but this time under invitation and not invasion - the Iraqi government has directly asked the US to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But a Moscow-based journalist and political analyst Andrew Korybko says the real US goal in the region is not peace and stability, but rather a redraw and split up of the region.
The former UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said on Sunday the unrest sweeping Iraq stemmed from the international community's neglect of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Jihadist-led militants launched a lightning offensive on Monday, advancing to within 80 kilometres (50 miles) of Baghdad's city limits and bringing Iraq's security forces to the brink of collapse.
Fighters from the jihadist Al-Nusra Front and Syrian insurgents have withdrawn from the city of Kesab on the border with Turkey, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The majority of the fighters and rebels have left the city, the monitoring group said.
The operation to remove chemical weapons from Syria is being protracted, there is one facility in the area of combat operations left, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.
Moscow is opposed to the West's reaction to the presidential elections in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.
China says it is offering $16 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees from the conflict in Syria as part of its growing engagement with the Arab world.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, are due to meet in Paris on Thursday to discuss Syria and Ukraine, two countries that both have recently held presidential ballots amid what is largely described as a civil war. The two foreign policy officials have a long history of talks, having held rounds after rounds of meetings to broker the Syrian settlement and later to press the government in Damascus to hand over the country's chemical arms stockpile.
Syria's presidential election, which has been held for the first-ever time on an alternative basis, ended at midnight. Due to a very high turnout of voters, polling, which began at 07 am Tuesday, was prolonged for five hours. The present Head of State Bashar Assad is indisputably in the lead. Together with his wife Asma, he cast his vote at a polling station in the secondary school named after national hero Naim Maasarani. The school is located not far far from the presidential residence in Damascus.
Syrians began voting on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory to President Bashar al-Assad. Polling stations opened at 7 am (04:00 GMT) in Syria. This is Syria's first election in nearly 50 years, with Assad and his father Hafez renewing their mandates in successive referendums.
Syria "has withstood and repelled a hostile plot due to its people", Syrian President Bashar Assad said in Damascus on the last day of the election campaign when he met with the city elders. "Any state is strong with its people and Syrians have shown great patriotism and public spirit," Assad said and his words were quoted by the Al-Manar TV station today. He pointed out that Damascus historically played an important role in the history of human civilization and the Arabic and Muslim world. These days, its residents' tenacity helped to repel terrorist attacks planned abroad."