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The Higher Regional Court in Germany will hold the world's first global cirminal trial against Bashar al-Assad's aides.

Comment: Germany's efforts to prosecute two Syrians who are believed to have committed war crimes under Assad barely scratches the surface of the Syrian regime's crimes, writes James Snell.

Germany charges former Syria officials with crimes against humanity

The New Arab

Germany charges former Syria officials with crimes against humanity

Germany has charged two former Syrian intelligence officers for torture and crimes against humanity, the first in a series of prosecutions against the Syrian regime using universal jurisdiction.

Rafic Hariri murder suspect charged with three more killings

The New Arab & agencies

Rafic Hariri murder suspect charged with three more killings

The Hezbollah suspect has been indicted for the killings of three others.

Syria Weekly: Security reshuffle sees Bashar imitate late father

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Security reshuffle sees Bashar imitate late father

Syria Weekly: A major and surprise reshuffle of the regime's security apparatus was seen in Syria this week.

The New Arab & agencies

Syria's Assad replaces powerful ‘torture chief’ in security shake-up

President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly replaced heads of security agencies, including Jamil Hassan, who ran the notorious intelligence Air Force Intelligence and is wanted for crimes against

The New Arab & agencies

France issues arrest warrants for senior Assad regime officials

France has issued international arrest warrants for three senior Syrian intelligence officials in connection with the deaths of two ...

The New Arab

Germany issues arrest warrant for leading Syrian 'torture official'

Germany has filed an arrest warrant for Jamil Hassan, head of the Syrian regime's notorious Air Force Intelligence agency, ...

The New Arab

Germany issues arrest warrant for leading Syrian 'torture official'

Germany has filed an arrest warrant for Jamil Hassan, head of the Syrian regime's notorious Air Force Intelligence agency, ...

Former Lebanese spy chief testifies at Hariri murder trial

The New Arab & agencies

Former Lebanese spy chief testifies at Hariri murder trial

A Lebanese spy chief once jailed in connection to the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is giving testimony to the ...

Bachar Halabi

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Comment: The Saudi leadership understands the need to play the image game, selling tokenistic women's rights reforms while arresting hundreds of ...

Lebanon continues to get tough on celebratory gunfire

Robert Cusack

Lebanon continues to get tough on celebratory gunfire

The laws over celebratory gunfire - which has led to a number of accidental deaths in Lebanon - changed last year following public anger about ...

Make falafel great again: Trump-inspired restaurant opens in Syria

The New Arab

Make falafel great again: Trump-inspired restaurant opens in Syria

An enterprising Syrian man has recently opened up a falafel shop and decided to name the small eatery after US President-elect Donald Trump.

US names Syrian generals 'linked to attacks on civilians'

The New Arab & agencies

US names Syrian generals 'linked to attacks on civilians'

The US ambassador to the UN has named Syrian military commanders complicit in the murder of civilians.

Lebanon: The return of the police state

Thaer Ghandour

Lebanon: The return of the police state

Analysis: The security state in Lebanon did not end with the withdrawal of the Syrian army; some agencies have weakened to the advantage of ...

AAAJ and agencies

Doctors fear Palestinian hunger striker has suffered 'brain damage'

Imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Mohammed Allan, who has been on hunger strike for over two months, may now have suffered brain damage due to a nutrient deficiency, doctors are warning.

Rayan Mohammad

Preparations underway for Moscow II Syria talks

Damascus is reportedly angered by Russian "interference" in Syrian affairs, and the opposition is sceptical about Assad's commitment to finding ...

Ibrahim Halawi

Assad played crucial role in the rise of IS

Comment: You cannot reduce the rise of IS to Assad’s malevolent politics. You cannot ignore it either, writes Ibrahim Halawi

Anas al-Kurdi

Syrian regime to unleash 'The Tiger' in Hama

A notorious Syrian army commander known is set to head a military offensive to capture opposition-held territory in northern Hama.

The clinical death of the Syrian people

Sawsan Jamil Hassan

The clinical death of the Syrian people

Comment: Syrians now cling to the shrinking margins of the lives they once had, existing only as the living dead.

Sawsan Jamil Hassan

A new year, but no new hope for Syria

Many countries celebrated the advent of 2015 with huge firework displays. For many in Syria, the crackle of gunfire punctuated a night spent ...

2014 marked Syria's deadliest year yet

AFP

2014 marked Syria's deadliest year yet

More than 76,000 people were killed in Syria's brutal conflict in 2014, as Russia invites opposition figures to Moscow for talks in preparation ...

A revolution of the starving in Syria

Sawsan Jamil Hassan

A revolution of the starving in Syria

The hopes and ambitions of the uprising, founded on the injustice and tyranny of the old regime, have faded and been replaced by a desperation ...

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