Fabius: Assad's departure not necessary before transitionFrance's Foreign Minister says the departure of Syrian President no longer necessary before any political transition.
Assad's friend to be Lebanon's new ruler?'Pan-Arabist' childhood friend of Assad and member of dynasty family may put an end to long feud over who will be president.
Assad: Peace can come when West stops supporting terroristsIn an interview, Syrian President insists he's not going anywhere despite calls on him to go.
Assad accuses France of 'supporting terrorism'Syrian President rejects France as venue for signing peace deal with opponents, says France supports terrorism.
Syria's Assad claims enemies boosting support for 'terrorists'Syrian dictator suggests Turkey, Gulf nations, others giving weapons to 'terrorist groups.'
'Assad won when Russia's plane went down'Experts agree Assad received a boon in the Turkey-Russia spat, as Putin went from being Erdogan's friend to his enemy.
US sanctions Syrian regime for buying ISIS oilUS Treasury sanctions Assad backers for enabling bloodshed, including company buying oil for Assad from his enemy ISIS.
Iran and Russia vow to oppose attempts to dump AssadRussia and Iran will jointly oppose "external attempts" at regime change in Syria, says the Kremlin after Putin meeting with Khamenei.
In rare interview, Assad claims army 'advancing' on rebelsSyrian dictator claims army 'making advancement on every front' since Russian airstrikes began - but evidence on ground suggests otherwise.
Obama: No end to ISIS if Assad remains in powerUS President sees no end to civil war if Assad remains in power and says Syrian won't accept him as solution.
Assad: We'll help France - if it changes its attitudeSyrian President says his country is only willing to share intelligence information with France - if it changes its policies in the region.
Kerry says Syria weeks from 'big transition'Kerry reveals international talks have yielded agreement on principles with outline for elections and transition government.
Assad holds France guilty for Paris attackSyrian despot blames France's support of rebel groups as causing ISIS's lethal attacks, says 'Europe did not listen.'
Syrian regime makes second major victory ahead of talksAssad's forces make 'most important advance' since Russian airstrikes began, days ahead of international diplomatic talks.
Syrian regime adamant: Assad not stepping downSyrian Deputy Foreign Minister rules out any 'transitional period' involving Bashar al-Assad relinquishing power.
Ban: Assad has taken Syria 'hostage'As talks renew, UN chief slams the way in which Assad's future has held up a diplomatic solution to the civil war for years.
Iran may back away from demand to keep Assad in powerSenior official says Iran may accept a six-month transition in Syria, followed by elections to decide ally Assad's fate.
Assad: West is backing 'terrorists' in SyriaSyrian President accuses Western states, including France, of supporting terrorist groups - meaning rebels - in his country.
Visiting French MP: Syria deal means talking to AssadRight-wing parliamentarian in controversial visit to war-torn country says western states will need to talk to Bashar al-Assad.
Assad: We must eradicate 'terrorism' before political solutionSyrian President says country must eradicate terrorism to find a political solution to its civil war.
Russia: Assad willing to hold new electionsAccording to Russian legislator Alexnader Yushchenko, Syria's president is ready to take part in polls 'if the people are not against it.'
Putin's high-stakes Syria gamble: with or without AssadExperts reveal surprise Moscow summit may have discussed replacement for Assad in an attempt to expand Russia's global influence.
Iran: We won't keep Assad in power foreverIran's deputy foreign minister says his country won't keep Syrian president in power forever and will let the people decide.
Assad Makes Secretive Surprise Visit to MoscowAssad makes secretive first foreign visit abroad since war started in 2011; in Moscow, hints of a new diplomatic front are raised.
Leading Security Institute: Israel Should Topple Assad NowINSS head Amos Yadlin argues that Russia's involvement offers Israel an opportunity to weaken Iran-Hezbollah threat.
Syrian Rebels Place Bounty on Assad, NasrallahAl Qaeda's Nusra Front offers millions of dollars to anyone who kills Syrian dictator or Hezbollah leader - even if they're non-Sunnis.
Assad: I Won't Hesitate to Step Down if That's the SolutionA change of tone? Syrian President tells Iranian TV he won't rule out stepping down if the situation requires.
France Launches Criminal Probe Against AssadFrench authorities launch criminal probe of Syrian President for alleged war crimes between 2011 and 2013.
France Softens Position on Assad, Won't Demand His RemovalFrance's Foreign Minister announces his country will not demand Syrian President's departure as a precondition for peace talks.
Netanyahu Meeting Putin to Avoid Clashes with Russians in SyriaPrime Minister, along with Chief of Staff, will make clear Israeli operations to continue despite Russians' growing presence.
Assad Starts Using Advanced Russian WeaponsSyrian official reveals new weapons now being deployed, US exposes Russian helicopters in rapidly expanding military buildup.
Assad: Iran Hasn't Sent Me an ArmyIn interview to Russian media Syrian president admits Iran giving military support, but denies troop presence despite numerous reports.
Russia Says it Will Continue to Support AssadRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterates his country will continue to support its Syrian ally.
Rouhani Says Democracy 'Not a Priority' in SyriaAt a news conference with visiting Austrian President, Iranian President dismisses calls for reform, Assad's ouster.
Zarif: Those Demanding Assad's Ouster Responsible for BloodshedIran's foreign minister claims that demands for the resignation of Syrian President will prolong the country's civil war.
Pictures Show 'Russian Soldiers' Fighting in SyriaMounting evidence of Russian boots on the ground to defend flagging Syrian allies against resurgent rebels; Obama still dawdling.
Russian Boots on the Ground in Syria?As Obama prevaricates, Russia has no compunctions about backing its Syrian allies - and seems to even be sending troops to the front lines.
Iran Sending Afghan Refugees as 'Cannon Fodder' for AssadIran exploiting Afghan Shi'ite refugees by coercing them to prop up Syrian regime for incentives, leading to many of their deaths.
Assad 'Confident' of Russia's SupportSyrian President says he is confident Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, accuses America of abandoning its allies.
Assad: Fighting 'Terrorists' More Important than Fighting IsraelSyrian President says his country must first deal with anti-regime rebels before it responds to last week's Israeli airstrikes in Syria.
US Condemns Assad's 'Disregard for Human Life'US demands Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be given the boot after nearly 100 killed in devastating regime strike in Syria.
Rebels Close in on Assad's Latakia BastionRare lethal rocket attack strikes capital of Assad's Alawite sect's heartland on western coast, as rebels close in on key regime stronghold.
Assad's Cousin Arrested Over 'Road Rage' KillingSyrian authorities arrest Suleiman Al-Assad, a cousin of the president accused of killing a military officer in a road rage incident.
Assad Pledges to Punish Cousin for Road Rage MurderSyrian dictator in sticky situation as cousin guns down senior military commander in 'cold blood' - for overtaking him in traffic.
Syria: Assad's Cousin Kills Army Commander in Road Rage IncidentAs regime battles rebels just a few miles away, cousin of Syrian dictator shoots air force commander for overtaking him at a crossroads.
End of Assad? Erdogan Claims Putin Pulling SupportPutin 'may give up on Assad' according to Turkish president, in a sign that some of the last backers of Assad may leave him out to dry.
Syria's Assad Admits Army Suffering from Manpower ShortageFor the first time, Bashar al-Assad acknowledges his forces are suffering from serious manpower shortages, as rebels advance.
Officials: Despite Inspections, Syria Kept its Chemical ArsenalInspectors reveal regime lied to them and hid chemical arsenal, but Western governments refused to press Assad.
Three Hezbollah Officials Sanctioned by United States TreasuryUnited States Treasury imposes sanctions on three Hezbollah military officials and a businessman tied to the group.
US and Assad Covertly Cooperating Via KurdsRegime forces and Kurdish YPG combine forces for the first time in fight against ISIS in Hasakeh province.
Assad Makes Rare Public Appearance for Muslim HolidaySyrian President attends prayers at a Damascus mosque to mark the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
Syrian Regime Unleashes the Barrel Bomb's Big BrotherMeet the 'container bomb,' a more powerful crude killer Assad's forces used Saturday to murder 28 - mostly civilians - in ISIS-held town.
Assad Ratifies $1 Billion Credit Line from IranSyrian President signs a law ratifying a $1 billion credit line from top regional ally Iran.
What Sanctions? Iran Gives Syria $1 Billion BailoutIran continues to prop up Assad's regime, dishing out its third new line of credit - even as it supposedly is crippled by nuclear sanctions.
Putin Willing to 'Push' Ally Assad to Introduce ReformsRussian President is ready to "push" Syrian counterpart towards introducing reforms, but vows to continue to support his ally.
Assad's Latest Weapon: Elephant RocketsImprovised weapon with mass damage and minimal accuracy unleashed on Damascus suburb, killing at least 27 people.
Assad and UN Envoy Agree to Keep Pushing PeaceSyrian President Bashar Al-Assad and UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura agree to continue talks to find a political solution to the war.