The Dutch decision to hold Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad accountable for human rights violations comes after Russia blocked multiple efforts at the UN Security Council to refer a case to the International Criminal Court.
The UAE-led Gulf states are essential to Bashar al Assad's plan to re-integrate himself into polite company.
The first session in nine months is aimed at making progress in drafting a new Syrian charter to pave the way for UN-sponsored elections.
The move freezes any US assets of those blacklisted and generally bars Americans from dealing with them.
How a Syrian-Canadian professor of international relations and Mid East politics navigated the Assad regime's schizophrenic attitude toward social media.
Palestinians with nowhere left to go are being collectively punished by the Assad regime.
Washington says sanctions on Hafez al Assad, teenage son of regime leader Bashar al Assad, and 14 others are part of efforts to block funds for war-torn country's regime.
Rami Makhlouf's estrangement with regime leader Bashar al Assad first came to the open on April 30 when he denounced taxes imposed on Syriatel, which the Makhlouf family controls.
Regime leader Bashar al Assad's party and allies take 177 seats out of 250 in the third such elections since the start of the war nine years ago.
Amid an absence of any real opposition, regime leader Bashar al Assad's Baath ruling party and its allies are expected to take most of parliament's 250 seats in the third such polls to be held since the war started nine years ago.
Several troops were reported injured by the Russian defence ministry after a joint military patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device near Ariha town of Idlib.
Recently, the US suggested that Assad does not necessarily have to go. Nonetheless, experts say it is still too early to ascertain whether the West's attitude towards the regime has changed.
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