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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 Baath party's hegemony is guaranteed.

Heavy rains and reduced violence in parts of the country this year have led to a much improved harvest.

Syria refuses to 'bow' to US sanctions

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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 presidential elections next year.

Iranian foreign minister to meet Assad in Damascus

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Iranian foreign minister to meet Assad in Damascus

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday, Tehran has announced.

Assad, Libya's Haftar announce alliance to combat 'Turkish aggression'

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Assad, Libya's Haftar announce alliance to combat 'Turkish aggression'

Syrian authorities announced the formation of diplomatic relations with Libya's rogue General Khalifa Haftar on Sunday to combat Turkish ...

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Syria: How Russia uses 'de-escalation agreements' to destroy cities

The city of Maaret al-Numan has been destroyed by Russia, a few days after negotiations over Syria in Astana concluded. There appears to be a link between the two events.

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Iraq to reopen Syria border-crossing amid warming Assad ties

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi approved the reopening of a border crossing between Iraq and Syria, in the latest sign of normalisation ...

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Syrian foreign minister and Arab League head meet

The Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit met senior Syria regime officials at the UN on Friday.

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UN envoy hails 'successful' constitutional committee talks in Damascus

The UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, says that talks with the Syrian regime and opposition to form a new constitutional committee have been ...

UN Syria envoy arrives in Damascus

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UN Syria envoy arrives in Damascus

The UN special envoy for Syria arrived in Damascus on Sunday for fresh talks on forming a committee tasked with drafting a new constitution for ...

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UN envoy lands in Damascus for fresh peace talks

Geir Pedersen, a seasoned Norwegian diplomat and the fourth UN ambassador to seek an end to the civil war, landed in Damascus on Tuesday.

Top Omani official meets Assad in rare Syria visit

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Top Omani official meets Assad in rare Syria visit

Oman’s top diplomat met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, in a rare visit to the Syrian capital.

Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

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Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

With Russia and Iran suffering from US sanctions and the EU still resisting pressure to pay for reconstruction, China could be key to rebuilding ...

Syria does not want war with Turkey: foreign minister

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Syria does not want war with Turkey: foreign minister

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said tried to cool tensions with Turkey, after a Turkish military post in Idlib was ...

Kazakhstan to host Syria talks with Iran, Turkey, Russia

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Kazakhstan to host Syria talks with Iran, Turkey, Russia

Kazakhstan will host new talks on Syria, backed by Iran, Russia and Turkey in effort to reach a political settlement for the eight-year conflict

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Iran Foreign Minister Zarif visits Syria for Assad talks

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, arrived in Damascus for meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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UN envoy says a 'new Syria' starts with reconciliation

The United Nations envoy for Syria on Tuesday said a solution to the eight-year-long conflict begins with confidence building measures and ...

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Syria army vows to retake control of Kurdish areas

Syria's defence minister warned government forces will reclaim control of eastern areas controlled by the US-backed SDF.

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'Thousands' still inside last IS pocket as bombardment continues

Thousands of civilians remain inside the town of Baghouz as bombardment to oust IS from the area continues.

Slow US pullout until IS 'truly defeated': US Senator Slow US pullout until IS 'truly defeated': US Senator

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Slow US pullout until IS 'truly defeated': US Senator

Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham urged President Donald Trump to slow down the withdrawal of US ground troops from Syria to avoid ...

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New Syria envoy urges UN-backed solution to end war

Geir Pedersen, who started his new job last week, is the fourth UN envoy to seek a solution to Syria's conflict, after endless rounds of failed ...

New envoy in Syria to revive UN mediation efforts

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New envoy in Syria to revive UN mediation efforts

Geir Pedersen's visit to Syria comes at a time of heightened tension between the top foreign brokers of a conflict that has already killed more ...

First Syria constitution session to be held next year

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First Syria constitution session to be held next year

Turkey, Russia and Iran say the first session for a new Syrian constitution will be held next year.

UAE 'to reopen Syria embassy' amid warming Assad relations

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UAE 'to reopen Syria embassy' amid warming Assad relations

The UAE is negotiating the return of its ambassador to Damascus, after the embassy was closed six years ago, Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya ...

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