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In a statement, the presidency said that the decree applies to crimes committed before 14 September, downgrading the death penalty to a life sentence of hard labour, and reducing life sentences to 20 years.
Russia, main ally of Al-Assad, rejects US “delusions campaign”
Mamlouk’s second publicised visit to Cairo since start of Syrian revolution
Visit is first of its kind since outbreak of Syrian uprising in 2011
Turkey has softened its stance towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over reaching a settlement to end the conflict.
Shoukry asserted Egypt’s tendency to support “national opposition” in media interviews, despite Al-Sisi’s previous support for Al-Assad’s Syrian army
Russia has announced it will not extended its unilateral “humanitarian pause,” citing rebel attacks.
In Libreville, Gabon, residents ventured out on the streets and surveyed damage after two days of riots sparked by a disputed presidential poll. There was little to choose between the main candidates, writes Dirke Köpp.
Russia has said it launched strikes against the so-called “Islamic State” from air bases in Iran. It’s a noticeable change of strategy for Moscow as it continues to aid the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The terror organization ‘Islamic State’ (IS) has suffered serious losses in Syria, and even more in Iraq. It can no longer count on public support. Yet, it still has a few aces up its sleeve.
Russia has accused Turkey of using three humanitarian organizations to funnel weapons and supplies to IS and other jihadist groups in Syria. Moscow also called for Turkey close the porous border to extremists.
Since Russia was declared to officially be present in the Middle East, and following the extended presence of its military in Syria, speculations splashed media platforms around the globe. Observers saw Russia’s decision to enter Syria as a long-term strategy, so the abrupt announcement of Russian president Vladimir Putin to withdraw most of his forces …
UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura described the transitional government in Syria as the main issue and refused to avoid discussing Al-Assad’s fate
A football star-turned-protest leader-turned-jihadist encourages peaceful anti-Bashar Al-Assad protests in Syrian rebel-held territory. Nearby, in “Islamic State” (IS)-controlled territory, young boys play football with decapitated heads. The contrast is rife with symbolism. It potentially offers alternative ways of understanding the parameters within which at least some Syrians who joined jihadist groups operate. It also provides …
Regime is willing to participate in UN-backed talks, but will not discuss Al-Assad’s resignation, says Syrian foreign minister
Saudi Arabia will receive weapons from France that were initially ordered for Lebanon as a part of the conservative kingdom’s military aid
Conditions for ceasefire agreement cannot be fulfilled in one week, says Al-Assad
There is no evidence that we have bombed civilians, in spite of everyone’s accusations, says Russian PM
The conflict over the Syrian opposition delegation is not between Russia and the US at this point, but between Russia and the US’s Turkish and Saudi allies, says Moscow-based analyst
Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Russia has limited itself to its traditional role of providing arms, military, and logistical experts to its Arab allies. As Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime weakened, the Russians intensified their military support dramatically. Recently, the Russian “Caesar” opted to expand his role in Syria to include direct intervention …
Moscow-based analyst questions reliance on witness testimony and Amnesty’s institutional bias
Moscow insists that extremist groups cannot be included in future negotiations
Syrian opposition groups have begun discussing the formation of a delegation on the second day of talks in Riyadh. Groups have met in the Saudi capital to discuss a peaceful political transition in war-torn Syria
The US has slapped sanctions on a number of individuals accused of supporting Syria’s government. The blacklisted names include a “middleman” who buys oil from “Islamic State” and the head of the World Chess Federation
Commentators have already called for banning Middle Eastern refugees from crossing their borders
Reports suggest Russia struck civilian targets in northern Homs
“Iranian/Russian” strikes favour Al-Assad’s criminal Alawite regime
Airstrikes come as Egypt’s relations with Russia improve, but support likely to remain rhetorical