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.
Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have arrived to northern Syria in recent days to help fight jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab, a monitor said Tuesday.
The UN Security Council's resolution on Syria unanimously passed yesterday does not impel any automatic action against Damascus in the case its provisions are not fulfilled properly. Any additional steps will require approval by the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced.
British police on Saturday bailed a 22-year-old man who was arrested this week on suspicion of terrorism offences as he attempted to board a flight to Turkey, a well-travelled route to Syria. The unnamed man was arrested on Wednesday at Luton airport, north of London, on suspicion of being involved in the preparation of acts to commit terrorism.
16-year-old twin sisters from the UK, Salma and Zahra Halane, have fled their home in Manchester to join Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Syria. Experts doubt that the girls will join ranks of fighters and say the teenagers are more likely to become jihad brides or even suicide bombers.
The United Nations Security Council continues work on Russia-proposed draft statement targeting to fight against illegal oil purchases from terrorists in Syria, Russian Permanent Representative at the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told journalists on Friday. The document, he said, had all the chances to be finally adopted.
The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the US merchant vessel Cape Ray kicked off on Monday. That's according to Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. There are approximately 600 metric tons of chemical agents loaded on the ship. The elimination of poisonous substances will be carried out in the Mediterranean Sea and is expected to take about 60 days. The exact terms will depend on weather and sea conditions.
The US Department of State seems to have given up all pretense. Its statements are becoming ever more contradictory and double-standard, too much so, even for a diplomatic service. War crimes are one issue on which the US's 'our-son-of-a-bitch' approach is just too sickening to bear.
The US Treasury placed a United Arab Emirates company on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday for selling specialty oil products to the Syrian government.
Italian top diplomat Staffan de Mistura is appointed as the new UN envoy to Syria, replacing Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned at the end of May.
France on Wednesday presented a bill aimed at strengthening anti-terrorism laws to stop increasing numbers of aspiring jihadists from travelling to combat in Syria. The new bill, presented by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to the council of ministers, came as a 48-year-old woman was charged under anti-terrorism laws after visiting Syria thrice where her son is fighting.
Russia is prepared to continue working on a UN Security Council draft humanitarian resolution on Syria proposed by Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg, but it cannot contain provisions opening the path toward using force against Damascus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Australia, Jordan, and Luxembourg proposed at the end of May that a new UN Security Council resolution on Syria should be passed to improve the humanitarian situation in the country.
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.
Two 22-year-old British men pled guilty to terrorism charges on Tuesday after returning from months spent in Syria. Childhood friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar admitted spending eight months in the war-torn country fighting alongside a group linked to Al-Qaeda.
The process of chemical disarmament in Syria is finished, with Damascus having fulfilled all its liabilities to the international community, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Tuesday. "We think that Syria has completely fulfilled its liabilities, and what is yet left to be done is not that important in terms of reaching the ultimate goal of complete elimination of Syria's chemical arsenals," Gatilov said to Russian journalists.
The United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ joint mission in Syria has confirmed that two abandoned cylinders found in a rebel-controlled area contained lethal nerve gas, sarin, banned by the UN Chemical Weapons Convention.
The process of destruction of chemical weapons taken out of Syria kicked off on Monday on board the US merchant vessel Cape Ray, specially modified for such purposes, in the Mediterranean Sea, US Department of Defense spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said Monday. Warren said the destruction of warfare poisonous agents will take about 60 days. The exact terms will also depend on weather conditions, he said.
Amnesty International has criticized the Lebanese government regarding the fact that it has prevented the Palestinian refugees living in Syria access to Lebanon's territory. According to the organization, such actions violate the human rights. In an interview to the Voice of Russia Lebanon’s Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbas comments on the situation with refugees in his country.
British security forces arrested an Islamic extremist, returned from Syria, who had been preparing a terrorist act in London. This was reported by UK newspaper Daily Mail on its website. This is the first known case of a British Islamist, who fought in Syria, being accused of preparing terrorist attacks in the country, according to ITAR-TASS.