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Syria's Assad says Russia 're-establishing multipolar world'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish "a multipolar world", as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus. The delegation was delivering a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has provided political, military and financial backing to Assad's regime since the outbreak of a revolt in March 2011.

Beirut gunfight between Assad supporters and opponents kills one

REUTERS - One person was killed and 10 people were wounded in clashes in south Beirut on Sunday between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rival fighters, security sources said. The fighting broke out before dawn between gunmen loyal to Shaker Barjawi, a Sunni Muslim who supports the Syrian Alawite president, and Sunni Muslims who back the three-year uprising against Assad's rule.

Fear rules in Damascus as Syria's revolt enters fourth year

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - During a recent meeting of Damascene merchants, talk turned to the case of a colleague detained by Syria's powerful and dreaded state security apparatus. The man in question, it seemed, had overheard someone cursing President Bashar al-Assad, but failed to turn them in. "Imagine that! They took him and beat him to a pulp and called him a mute devil for not reporting his colleague," one merchant said. "Imagine the life we're living now!"

Syria refugees dismayed at prospect of Assad re-election

Syrian refugees in a sprawling desert camp in Jordan fear that President Bashar al-Assad's likely re-election this year will leave their dream of a return home as distant as ever. As Syria's war entered its fourth year this weekend, many of the around 100,000 refugees in Zaatari camp see no end in sight to their misery. "After killing tens of thousands of his own people and forcing millions more to flee their homes, the idea of Assad's re-election is insane," Abu Mohammad, 54, said.

Syrian opposition leader calls for 'means to fight' Assad

Leader of the Syrian opposition Ahmad Jarba called on the "free world" to provide "the means to fight" the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and jihadist rebels, as the conflict entered its fourth year on Saturday. An article attributed to Jarba on the website of French newspaper Le Monde said: "Nothing and no one was able -- or willing -- to save the Syrian people, either from Assad's missiles and bombs, or from torture and death in his dungeons, or from suffocation and asphyxiation by chemical weapons."

Syrian opposition leader calls for 'means to fight' Assad

Syrian opposition chief Ahmed Jarba called Saturday for backers of the rebellion to provide it with the "means to fight" the regime, as the conflict entered its fourth year. In a speech delivered in Istanbul and articles published in the French and US media, Jarba renewed a call for weapons as the rebels take on both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and jihadists. "Our fighters are not only facing regime forces and their allied gangs," he said in the speech.

Assad re-election campaign 'disgusting'

The United States expressed revulsion Friday at the prospect of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad running for re-election, three years into a crushing civil war triggered by an uprising against his family's lengthy rule. "We've been clear that Assad has lost all legitimacy to lead his people and any sort of campaign that he might run would be offensive and disgusting, I think, after what he's done to his people over the last many, many months," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

New law paves way for re-election of Syria's Assad

Syria's exiled opposition will be barred from a presidential vote to be held before July, virtually ensuring Bashar al-Assad's re-election three years into an uprising against his family's four-decade rule. Saturday marks the third anniversary of the revolt, which began as peaceful protests calling for democratic change but deteriorated into an insurgency and then civil war after the regime brutally crushed dissent.

New law paves way for re-election of Syria's Assad

Syria's exiled opposition will be barred from a presidential vote to be held before July, virtually ensuring Bashar al-Assad's re-election three years into an uprising against his family's four-decade rule. Saturday marks the third anniversary of the revolt, which began as peaceful protests calling for democratic change but deteriorated into an insurgency and then civil war after the regime brutally cracked down on dissent.

Assad reelection campaign begins in battered Syria city

In the heart of Syria's devastated city of Homs, once hailed as the "capital of the revolution," President Bashar al-Assad looks down from a banner calling for his reelection. "Because you are a symbol of our victory and our resistance, we implore you to be a candidate for the presidency," reads the caption beneath the smiling Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more than four decades.
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