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Dozens of current and former employees of President Bashar al-Assad's embattled billionaire cousin Rami Makhlouf have been released.

Bashar al-Assad has awarded a contract to operate Syria’s duty-free shops to the brother of Rami Makhlouf, Assad’s billionaire businessman relative who has fallen from grace with the regime.

Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

The move comes as part of an ongoing dispute between Assad and his cousin, Rami Makhlouf.

Syria Insight: Syria's collapsing economy threatens Assad's rule

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Syria's collapsing economy threatens Assad's rule

The Syrian economy has not looked in a worse position for decades with few options for the bankrupt regime.

Syrian pound drops to record low against US dollar

The New Arab Staff

Syrian pound drops to record low against US dollar

The Syrian pound has hit its record low against the US dollar following incoming US sanctions against the regime and the state's seizure of a ...

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Syrian stock market halts trading for Assad cousin's company

Syria's stock market suspended trading for the largest cellular company in the country, owned by his cousin Rami Makhlouf.

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Syria imposes travel ban on Assad's tycoon cousin Makhlouf

Syria's justice ministry has banned Rami Makhlouf from leaving the country, following a public dispute over millions of dollars the government ...

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Syrian regime seizes assets of tycoon Rami Makhlouf

Syrian tycoon and cousin of President Bashar Al-Assad, Rami Makhlouf, has made three videos challenging the regime, prompting a response from ...

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Syrian lira crashes after latest Rami Makhlouf video

Rami Makhlouf has made a series of videos criticising elements of the Assad regime.

Makhlouf lashes out at Syria regime in fresh accusations

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Makhlouf lashes out at Syria regime in fresh accusations

Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf accused the regime of threatening to arrest him and close his telecommunications empire if he does not hand over ...

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Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf says will not resign

The owner of Syria's largest telecommunication company said his business was pressured with several 'unlawful' demands from authorities who ...

Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

The New Arab

Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

Following a public dispute between Bashar Al-Assad and his businessman cousin Rami Makhlouf, the Guernica 37 human rights lawyers group have ...

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

The rise and fall of Rami Makhlouf will be one of the great turning points in recent Syrian history.

Billionaire cousin of Syria's Assad publicly complains about regime

The New Arab

Billionaire cousin of Syria's Assad publicly complains about regime

Businessman Rami Makhlouf, the wealthy cousin of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, took to Facebook to plead with his cousin to show mercy on ...

Amr Salahi

Is Syria's Assad now a liability to Russia?

Unprecedented criticism of Bashar al-Assad in Russian media points to growing competition between different international players for influence over the regime, and anger with the Syrian dictator.

The New Arab

Assad's wife stages 'hostile takeover' of country’s telecoms sector

After decimating Syria's main telecoms company after feuding with 'regime crony' Rami Makhlouf, Assad has cleared the way for his wife to ...

The New Arab

Powerful cousin of Assad arrested in Syria - reports

Syrian opposition websites have published unconfirmed reports of a dispute between Bashar al-Assad and his powerful cousin Rami Makhlouf, with ...

The New Arab & agencies

Dubai real estate a money-laundering haven, new report finds

War profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the US in recent years have used Dubai's real-estate market as a haven for ...

How Rami Makhlouf's front companies helped bypass US sanctions

Robert Cusack

How Rami Makhlouf's front companies helped bypass US sanctions

Investigation: Makhlouf - labelled Syria's 'poster boy for corruption' - was able to trade in Polish real estate, international telecomms and ...

The New Arab

UN paid millions to Assad allies on sanctions list

The UN paid almost $18 million to companies linked to allies of Syria's President Assad, an annual report from the international body has ...

Assad pays his war-debts: Phosphate, telecom concessions to Iran

The New Arab

Assad pays his war-debts: Phosphate, telecom concessions to Iran

An Iranian delegation led by assistant economy minster Farhard Zargar discussed in Damascus Thursday with Bashar al-Assad's prime minister a ...

Anisa Makhlouf: The mother of the Syrian regime

Paul McLoughlin

Anisa Makhlouf: The mother of the Syrian regime

Syria has been ruled by the Assad-Makhlouf clans for close to five decades. Hafez al-Assad's wife, Anisa, was key to this union and helped ...

Exclusive: The Assad family ties to Israeli business tycoon

Al-Araby al-Jadeed

Exclusive: The Assad family ties to Israeli business tycoon

Exclusive: Assad's uncle is using HSBC and front companies to avoid EU/US sanctions and funnel cash through international tax havens, funding ...

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