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The Syrian regime condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country's northeast and a US oil company, describing it as "theft" and an "affront to national sovereignty".

The number of coronavirus cases has increased across Syria as doubts emerge over figures reported by the regime's health ministry and the ability of authorities to contain the crisis.

The painstaking hunt for Assad's henchmen in Europe

Hugo Goodridge

The painstaking hunt for Assad's henchmen in Europe

Former regime officials accused of war crimes are living across Europe, but Syrian activists and the German judiciary are working tirelessly to bring them to justice.

US imposes sanctions on teenage son of Syria's Assad

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US imposes sanctions on teenage son of Syria's Assad

The US imposed sanctions on the son of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad under the Caesar Act.

The UAE's hidden hand in Tunisia's political crisis

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE's hidden hand in Tunisia's political crisis

As Tunisia becomes embroiled in a political crisis, questions are being raised about the UAE's role.

The New Arab Staff

Syrian tycoon says targeted companies were evading US sanctions

Rami Makhlouf said that overseas companies being targeted by the Syrian regime were set up to evade US sanctions.

Jim Muir

Lebanon: Adrift in stormy seas

Comment: With its currency in free-fall, half the population plunged into poverty, and IMF talks in disarray, Lebanon appears to be lurching ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

The New Arab Staff

Assad's uncle hired Israeli lawyers on graft case

Rifaat al-Assad hired Israeli lawyers before being sentenced to prison for embezzlement.

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

Gasia Ohanes

Syrians 'must exchange $100 to local currency' upon return

'Like a visa to your own country': Syrians say the forced transaction through regime channels will cost nationals returning over $50 upon entry.

'Living in hope': Families of Syria detainees await news

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Living in hope': Families of Syria detainees await news

Anguished relatives are poring over photos of torture victims from Syrian prisons, posted online by activists after the US imposed new sanctions ...

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Khaled Sid Mohand

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security ...

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Gasia Ohanes

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but ...

Regime soldiers killed, injured in rebel attack near Damascus

The New Arab Staff

Regime soldiers killed, injured in rebel attack near Damascus

Several Syrian regime soldiers have been killed and injured in an attack which a rebel group says it carried out in revenge for detainees killed ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Will the Caesar Act deter UAE normalisation of Assad?

In-depth: The Syrian regime has become increasingly important to the UAE's geopolitical goals.

Gasia Ohanes

The future of international aid in sanctions-hit Syria

As global donors hold a virtual meeting to pledge funds for Syria's humanitarian crisis, aid workers warn operating in the war-torn country is ...

The New Arab Staff

Pope warns of 'mass starvation' in Syria and Lebanon

As Syria and Lebanon continue to struggle amid worsening economic crises, the Pope on Sunday urged world leaders to help the two countries.

The New Arab Staff

UAE training brutal Syrian regime intelligence agents

UAE de-facto ruler Mohammed bin Zayed made the first publicly known contact with Assad this year since relations were officially cut in 2012.

Syria refuses to 'bow' to US sanctions

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria refuses to 'bow' to US sanctions

The Syrian regime's foreign minister has said that the US Caesar Act sanctions are intended to weaken support for Assad ahead of ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

Draft UN resolution calls for three Syria aid crossings

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Draft UN resolution calls for three Syria aid crossings

It remains to be seen whether Russia, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, will allow the Iraqi Al Yarubiyah crossing to reopen for medical aid ...

Explainer: Who’s on the US’s new Syria sanctions blacklist?

Amr Salahi

Explainer: Who’s on the US’s new Syria sanctions blacklist?

Sanctions passed under the United States’ Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act have targeted a series of figures associated with the ...

US threatens UAE with sanctions over normalisation with Syria

The New Arab Staff

US threatens UAE with sanctions over normalisation with Syria

James Jeffrey said that UAE's normalisation bid with the Assad regime was 'a bad idea', signalling that Emirati businesses will be hit with ...

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