Syria

April 3, 2011

Hailing his people and power, a smiling, smug Bashar is not so formidable as father who ruled by force, and it is perhaps his cronies and military that lend him the iron fist he nevertheless wields. Known as more of a soft touch, on a path for doctoring, not dictating initially.
16:41 GMT

Similar to the the nature of Syrian politics, much known about but little spoken of, cloaked in secrecy, the Assads, who have reigned supreme as ruling family for over half a century, like to do things hush-hush and on the down-low. Take the nature of the courtship and even marriage of the current President to wife Asma Akhras. Asma conducted her whole relationship with the number one family on the sly, as she surreptitiously stole time with Bashar before their discreet marriage in 2000. This, in the words of American Vogue, the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies, married into a family famours for the fear it instills into its people.

Assad
12:26 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued decree No. 134 stipulating for designating Adel Safar to form the new government.

April 1, 2011

Syria
13:30 GMT

According to news reports, demonstrations were held Friday in several citiesز

March 31, 2011

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
11:41 GMT

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) announced it had scrapped plans to compete on the third license to operate a mobile network in Syria.

March 30, 2011

Assad during his speech. AFP
13:42 GMT

In his first public comments since the beginning of protests in his country, Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday blamed it on "conspirators".

March 29, 2011

Syrian rally
15:13 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the government chaired by Mohammad Naji Otri.

March 28, 2011

Assad
19:43 GMT

Observers question the absence of Syrian President Bashar Assad, despite the announcement that he would address the Syrian people on Sunday evening.

March 27, 2011

Latakia protests
16:10 GMT

A total of 12 people were killed in clashes Saturday and Sunday in the northern port city of Latakia, presidential adviser Buthaina Shaaban said.

Bashar Assad
11:37 GMT

Activists and eyewitnesses on Sunday said Syrian army units have deployed in key areas of a port city rocked by protests, unrest and acts of vandalism.

Central Bank of Syria
08:03 GMT

The Governor of the Central Bank of Syria said that in contrary to reports about increasing withdrawals from banks in recent days the activities are normal.

March 26, 2011

Assad
14:40 GMT

Eyewitnesses reported that 40 to 60 members of the Syrian security forces and demonstrators were wounded.

March 25, 2011

Assad
13:24 GMT

Syrian security forces detained scores of people who staged a brief pro-democracy rally in Damascus Friday.

March 24, 2011

Daraa protest
19:20 GMT

The Syria government said on Thursday it may abolish an emergency law in place since 1963 following a week of deadly protests in the southern city of Daraa.

Daraa
12:39 GMT

The main hospital in the southern Syrian city of Daraa has received the bodies of at least 25 demonstrators.

March 23, 2011

Weapons "found" in Daraa
20:37 GMT

Human rights activists in Syria said at least 15 people were killed Wednesday in the southern city of Daraa