Syria

April 29, 2014

Out of the 11 candidates running for election, two are women and one is Christian (File Archive/AFP)
13:24 GMT

At least four more candidates have registered their bids for the Syrian presidency Tuesday ahead of the June 3 polls.

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13:17 GMT

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Samer Al Masri is running for President of Syria (Image: Facebook).
12:02 GMT

Syrian star Samer al Masri is on his way to Damascus to submit documents required to run in the Presidential elections against current President Bashar Al Assad and fellow candidate parliament member Maher Hajjar.

The Syrian opposition has stepped up attacks on government-controlled Damascus in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

Twelve citizens were killed and 50 wounded in Damascus after heavy shelling.

April 28, 2014

Many Syrian refugees that are in Turkey will not be allowed to vote in the June presidential election (File Archive/AFP)
13:59 GMT

Syria's electoral commission has banned all Syrians who fled the country "via unofficial crossings" from voting in the tentative June presidential elections.

Assad is largely expected to win the June 3 vote (File Archive/AFP)
11:00 GMT

Syria's president Bashar Al Assad officially registered his bid for re-election in the country's upcoming June presidential elections Monday.

Regime air strikes have pounded and destroyed Syria's second largest city (File Archive/AFP)
07:09 GMT

Air attacks continued on Aleppo Sunday, leaving at least 21 dead and dozens of others wounded.

April 27, 2014

It is not yet clear how the government plans to coordinate the election nationwide under the present civil war conditions that have killed at least 150,000 and forced at least half of the country's population to flee their homes (Fadi Al Halabi/AFP)
13:32 GMT

Four more candidates are now running in Syria's June 3 presidential election against incumbent leader President Bashar Al Assad.

The UN-OPCW mission visited Syria's chemical weapon facilities in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Syria still possesses nearly eight percent of its chemical weapons stockpile as Damascus' own self-imposed deadline for the arsenal's removal expired Sunday.

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12:45 GMT

Syrian actor Jihad Abdo is quickly climbing up the A-List ladder as he's granted himself an acting role alongside Hollywood's Tom Hanks.

A Syrian boy runs from snipers in Aleppo's old city (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Syrian army has regained control of a city in the Aleppo region, pushing back militants, according to military sources.

April 26, 2014

Thousands of civilians are currently living under siege as Syria's civil war continues (File/AFP)
17:33 GMT

Fighting between rebels and Syrian forces has left 88 people dead in two days.

The UN estimates that an estimated 400,000 Iraqis have been displaced due to violence this year (File/AFP)
10:59 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki has accused Saudi Arabia of meddling in Baghdad's affairs and further antagonizing the Syrian conflict by arming rebels.

Syrian rebels in Hama released video footage of the gas attack earlier this month, causing France and the U.S. to allege further chemical weapons were used by Assad's forces (File/AFP)
09:34 GMT

Accusations of Assad using further chemical weapons are "fabricated", according to Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday.

Bekaa Valley is also home to thousands of Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A Bengali domestic worker was mildly injured after rockets fired from Syria landed in the outskirts of Bekaa Valley on Friday.