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Syria's Bashar al-Assad meets Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran

DUBAI, May 8 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited his closest regional ally Iran on Sunday for talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during which both leaders called for stronger ties between Tehran and Damascus, Iranian state media reported. Assad, who was making his second trip to Tehran...
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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad visits UAE in attempt to come in from the cold

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has flown to the United Arab Emirates, his office said, in his first visit to an Arab country since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011. In a statement posted on its social media pages, the office says that Assad met with Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai. The two discussed expanding bilateral relations between their countries.
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Syria's Bashar al-Assad Returns to World Stage in Defeat for US, Win for its Foes

Ten years ago, it appeared to be the beginning of the end for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. His government's brutal crackdowns on peaceful protests in 2011 had given birth to an insurgency backed by foreign foes—the U.S. among them. Atrocities mounted, including use of chemical weapons against civilians, mass murders and torture, over the course of the decade-long civil war that followed. Estimates suggest that more than 600,000 people have died and millions more have been displaced, making the Syrian civil war one of the deadliest, most disruptive conflicts of the 21st century.
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Chemical weapons | Syria called for Bashar al-Assad to allow inspections

(The Hague) The member states of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) called on Syria on Monday to let inspectors on its soil. Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm. They believe Damascus continues to violate its obligations to verify the possible...
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ‘vaccinated with Russian Sputnik Covid jab’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been vaccinated using Russia’s Sputnik V Covid jab, it has been reported.Russian news agency interfax said Mr Assad had been inoculated on Thursday.Riad Haddad, Syria's ambassador to Moscow, told reporters the president had got the injection.Last month, a Covid-19 vaccine campaign was launched in Idlib, Syria's only remaining rebel-held enclave. Nizar Fattouh, a nurse in Ibn Sina Hospital in Idlib city, was one of the first to benefit from 53,800 UN-secured AstraZeneca jabs delivered to northwest Syria through Turkey on 21 April.Idlib health official Yasser Najib said at the time the jabs were provided through...
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Syrian election: Bashar al-Assad wins with 95% of votes as world watches in disbelief

The least surprising news of the week from Syria is that Bashar al-Assad has won another seven-year term with 95% of the votes – an increase on the 89% he won in 2014. Officials said 78.6% of eligible voters, or more than 13.5 million people, cast their ballots in the election on May 26. But western critics have pointed out this is highly unlikely, given that so much of the electorate lives in areas under the control of rebels or Kurdish-led troops, where the vote wasn’t held.

Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad votes in Douma, former rebel town, site of chemical attack

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad voted on Wednesday in an election set to tighten his grip over a country mired in more than a decade-long conflict.Al-Assad cast his ballot in the former rebel stronghold of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in 2018, which, in retaliation, saw heavy military strikes by the US, UK and France.After voting, Assad said, "Syria is not what they were trying to market, one city against the other and sect against the other or civil war. Today we are proving from Douma that the Syrian people are one.”Since March 2011, scores have...
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19, the Syrian presidency said in a statement Monday. The president and his wife, Asma al-Assad, were tested for the coronavirus after they felt "mild symptoms," according to the statement, which confirmed that the test came back positive. "Both...
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Syria's Bashar al-Assad tests positive for coronavirus

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to a statement from his office. The state of play: The 55-year-old dictator and his 45-year-old wife, who is a breast cancer survivor, are showing mild symptoms but are in stable condition, according to Assad's office. They will self-isolate for two weeks.
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