Syria

March 15, 2012

MP Bapt
16:37 GMT

As the French election campaign heats up, President Nicholas Sarkozy seems poised to lose in a run-off to leftist candidate Francois Hollande.

All you need is love: The Assad email leaks cause a lion's share of embarrassment. The loving couple exchanged a multitude of motivational and affection notes. In December, an email from Asma to husband Bashar, contained some wifely encouragement: "If we are strong together, we will overcome this together... I love you".
15:11 GMT

The Assad gmail leaks cause lion's share of embarrassment. On the back of the Guardian's vanguard ground work to breaking 'The Assad Emails' into the public domain, here's a look at the juiciest revelations to emerge from this sensational finding.

Syria
07:43 GMT

The Syrian army took control of the rebel stronghold of Idleb on Wednesday and intensified repression in other centers of protest in Syria

March 14, 2012

Syria
14:17 GMT

Two Turkish journalists have disappeared in Syria, announced representatives from Milat newspaper, who have requested assistance from the Turkish government to locate them.

Syria
07:32 GMT

The Syrian army took full control of the rebel city of Idleb, in the north-west of the country, following an assault that lasted four days and drove the insurgents to retreat.

March 13, 2012

Syria in the global spotlight: From Washington DC, to neighboring Lebanon and Jordan all eyes are on what will happen with the problem that is 'Syria'.
22:30 GMT

A year on from the (Twitter hash-tagged, aptly named) "March 15" 2011 official start of the Syrian round of the wider Arab crisis, Syria's endgame looks nowhere in sight. One year anniversary, and counting. The future for Syria at least upon the anniversary of the Syria Spring looks wide open or tightly sealed and deadlocked. A year in pictures and text.

Syria
16:20 GMT

The Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil Al-Arabi called on Tuesday to open an impartial international investigation into crimes committed against civilians in Syria.

Syria revolt
11:22 GMT

Syrian government forces have laid mines in areas near the borders of Lebanon and Turkey

Nocolas Sarkozy cozies up with the late Gaddafi
09:30 GMT

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might have helped finance French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign, a report published late Monday by the Guardian said.

March 12, 2012

Syria
15:52 GMT

Demands for a speedy regime change in Syria are only fueling the conflict in that country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Syria
07:10 GMT

The "Al Arabiya" TV channel on Monday quoted the coordinating committees of the Syrian revolt as saying that a "massacre" was committed again Sunday evening

March 11, 2012

Annan
15:38 GMT

International envoy Kofi Annan said he was "optimistic" on Sunday after meeting with President Bashar al-Assad.

Anisa Makhlouf, mother of Bashar al-Assad, wife to late Hafez al-Assad
13:55 GMT

Bashar al-Assad's Mother is deeply concerned for her Syrian dictator boy's fate, particularly in view of what happened to Gaddafi, or even Mubarak. Her answer? "If your father were still alive, we would not be in this mess."

Idleb
07:43 GMT

The Syrian army continues its offensive against the insurgents. Residents of the city of Idleb reported Sunday on massive bombings.

March 10, 2012

Assad and Annan
13:02 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received in Damascus Saturday Kofi Annan, the special envoy of the UN and the Arab League. The meeting at the presidential palace, was held in a "positive atmosphere", reported the Syrian state television.