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Syrian President's wife diagnosed with leukemia

Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has leukemia and will need to step away from public engagements.

Syrian President's wife diagnosed with leukemia

Assad:

'We've held meetings from time to time with Washington'

Syrian President reveals his country has held meetings "from time to time" with Washington, as it seeks openings after over a decade of isolation.

'We've held meetings from time to time with Washington'

Switzerland to try Assad's uncle for war crimes

Switzerland's Attorney General's Office says Rifaat Al-Assad will be put on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity dating back to 1982.

Switzerland to try Assad's uncle for war crimes

Syrian President:

'No evidence Holocaust occurred, lie was used to justify Israel'

Bashar Al-Assad engages in Holocaust denial, claims US funded rise of Nazi Germany, peddles discredited Khazar theory.

'No evidence Holocaust occurred, lie was used to justify Israel'

France issues arrest warrant for Assad

France issues arrest warrant for Syrian President over his regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

France issues arrest warrant for Assad

IDF spokesman to Assad:

'Syrian regime is responsible for any action in its territory'

IDF spokesman has message for Syrian President after a terrorist organization in Syria launched a UAV that hit a school in Eilat.

'Syrian regime is responsible for any action in its territory'

Report:

Assad agreed to send Russian missile system to Hezbollah

US reportedly has intelligence that Syrian President has agreed to provide Hezbollah with a Russian-made missile defense system.

Assad agreed to send Russian missile system to Hezbollah

Syria's Assad arrives in China

In his second visit to the country, the Syrian leader will attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games and will meet with President Xi.

Syria's Assad arrives in China

Assad:

'Israeli strikes will continue as long as Israel is an enemy'

Syrian President on alleged Israeli strikes: They are directed against the Syrian army under the pretext of the Iranian presence.

'Israeli strikes will continue as long as Israel is an enemy'

Bipartisan US bill would prevent normalization with Syria

Bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduce bill intended to prevent recognition of Bashar Al-Assad and enhance ability to impose sanctions.

Bipartisan US bill would prevent normalization with Syria

Iranian President to visit Damascus

The visit comes amid Arab willingness to re-engage with the Syrian government.

Iranian President to visit Damascus

Assad, Iranian President discuss 'Israeli failure'

Syrian President speaks to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi following recent rocket fire from Syria and Israeli retaliation.

Assad, Iranian President discuss 'Israeli failure'

Is Assad regime profiting from earthquake aid to Syria?

Foreign policy and security analyst Ömer Özkizilcik says Assad takes two-thirds of the 'spoils' from humanitarian aid from the West.

Is Assad regime profiting from earthquake aid to Syria?

Ukraine cuts ties with Syria for recognizing breakaway regions

Syria set to recognize the “independence and sovereignty” of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine cuts ties with Syria for recognizing breakaway regions

Assad in Iran: We have prevented 'Zionist dominance'

Syrian President Bashar Assad met with Iranian leaders, all of whom reasserted their believes about the 'Zionist regime.'

Assad in Iran: We have prevented 'Zionist dominance'

State Department:

Assad's family likely worth $1-2 billion

State Department says Syrian President's family worth $1-2 billion, despite US-led efforts to isolate Assad.

Assad's family likely worth $1-2 billion

Assad: 'Zionist Jew' Zelenskyy is a Nazi-supporter

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told supporters that Israel and the West were 'lying' to the world in their condemnations of Nazism.

Assad: 'Zionist Jew' Zelenskyy is a Nazi-supporter

Analysis:

Assad's Iranian allies have overstayed their welcome

Analysis: While Tehran and Hezbollah helped Assad regain control over Syria, he is far from thrilled about Iran's presence in his country.

Assad's Iranian allies have overstayed their welcome

US concerned after UAE Foreign Minister meets Assad

State Department spokesperson stresses US does not support efforts to normalize Syrian President.

US concerned after UAE Foreign Minister meets Assad

Blinken: US doesn't support efforts to normalize ties with Syria

Secretary of State: There will be no efforts to normalize relations with Assad until there is progress in the political process.

Blinken: US doesn't support efforts to normalize ties with Syria

Jordan’s King, Assad speak for first time in a decade

Jordan’s King Abdullah II receives call from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad amid efforts to boost cooperation between the countries.

Jordan’s King, Assad speak for first time in a decade

Assad sworn in for fourth term in office

Assad won the May election in a landslide, winning 95.1% of the votes.

Assad sworn in for fourth term in office

Iran: Assad victory 'a big step towards restoring peace'

Syrian President's ally congratulated him on his landslide election victory.

Iran: Assad victory 'a big step towards restoring peace'

Assad wins presidential election with 95% of the votes

Assad’s win was not in doubt, even though two challengers ran against him.

Assad wins presidential election with 95% of the votes

State Department: Syrian elections are illegitimate

Despite two other candidates running, election in Syria is widely expected to give President Bashar Al-Assad a fourth seven-year term.

State Department: Syrian elections are illegitimate

Syria selects two candidates to run against Assad

Syria’s higher constitutional court selects two obscure figures to appear on ballots against President Bashar Al-Assad in May 26 election.

Syria selects two candidates to run against Assad

Assad applies to run in Syrian presidential election

Six people, including a woman, have applied to take part in the presidential race.

Assad applies to run in Syrian presidential election

Syria to hold presidential elections on May 26

President Bashar Al-Assad widely expected to win a fourth seven-year term.

Syria to hold presidential elections on May 26

UAE leaders congratulate Syrian president on National Day

Bashar Al-Assad has been president of Syria since 2000 and has been in a bloody civil war since 2011.

UAE leaders congratulate Syrian president on National Day

Syrian President and his wife recover from COVID-19

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife, Asma, return to their regular duties after recovering from COVID-19.

Syrian President and his wife recover from COVID-19

Assad and his wife test positive for COVID-19

Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife, Asma, are in good health and will keep working in isolation at home.

Assad and his wife test positive for COVID-19

Report: Israeli officers met Syrian counterparts at Russian base

With yesterday's security cabinet meeting surrounding 'humanitarian' issues in Syria shrouded in mystery, some details have emerged.

Report: Israeli officers met Syrian counterparts at Russian base

US sanctions Assad's wife

US sanctions Syria’s central bank and several people and entities close to President Bashar Al-Assad.

US sanctions Assad's wife

Assad: No relations with Israel until we restore our lands

Syrian President stresses that ties with Israel are conditional on Israel giving up the Golan Heights.

Assad: No relations with Israel until we restore our lands

Trump: There was a plan to take out Assad, but Mattis refused

US President confirms plan was in the works to take out Syrian President but then-Defense Secretary was opposed.

Trump: There was a plan to take out Assad, but Mattis refused

Assad interrupts speech due to drop in blood pressure

Syrian President interrupts speech he was giving to parliament after suffering a brief drop in blood pressure.

Assad interrupts speech due to drop in blood pressure

US imposes sanctions on Assad's son

Bashar Al Assad's eldest son among 14 Syrian officials placed under sanctions by the US government Wednesday.

US imposes sanctions on Assad's son

Assad and allies win majority in parliamentary elections

In widely expected victory, Syrian President's party and allied candidates take 177 seats out of 250 in parliament.

Assad and allies win majority in parliamentary elections

Assad announces parliamentary elections in April

Syrian President says parliamentary elections will be held on April 13 in areas of the country controlled by the government.

Assad announces parliamentary elections in April

Assad: Chemical watchdog falsified report at request of US

Syrian President claims OPCW faked report on attack near Damascus “just because the Americans wanted them to do so.”

Assad: Chemical watchdog falsified report at request of US

Assad: 'Israel has conquered our land'

Bashar al-Assad says more than 100,000 Syrian troops killed in civil war, blasts Israel for 'conquering' Syrian land.

Assad: 'Israel has conquered our land'

Assad: Trump is the best US president

Syrian President on Donald Trump: He's the best president because he is the most transparent.

Assad: Trump is the best US president

Syria, Iran plan responses to Israeli airstrikes

Syrian Pres. Assad discusses Israel's 'attacks on Syria,' US peace plan, in secret meeting with Iranian official.

Syria, Iran plan responses to Israeli airstrikes

Germany: Hold Assad accountable for chemical attacks

German Foreign Minister says those responsible for use of chemical weapons in Syria must be held accountable.

Germany: Hold Assad accountable for chemical attacks

Spokesman: Zarif quit because he wasn't informed of Assad visit

Spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry: 'One of the reasons' FM Zarif resigned was lack of knowledge regarding Syrian Pres. Assad's visit.

Spokesman: Zarif quit because he wasn't informed of Assad visit

Syrian President meets Iran's Supreme Leader

Syrian President visits Iran for the first time since start of Syrian conflict, thanks Iran for its assistance.

Syrian President meets Iran's Supreme Leader

Assad warns Kurds: The US won't protect you

Syrian President warns country’s Kurds that the US would not protect them against any Turkish offensive.

Assad warns Kurds: The US won't protect you

Assad blames Israel for downing of Russian plane

Syrian President writes Putin, says Russian plane was downed over Syria due to Israeli "arrogance".

Assad blames Israel for downing of Russian plane

There's a war going on out there

There's a war going on out there

Report: Israel secretly armed, funded Syrian rebels

12 anti-Assad rebel groups in south Syria reportedly received money and weapons from Israel to combat ISIS, Iran-linked forces.

Report: Israel secretly armed, funded Syrian rebels

Trump warns Assad: The world is watching

US President denies claims made in Bob Woodward's book, but also warns Syrian President that "the world is watching".

Trump warns Assad: The world is watching

White House warns Assad against use of chemical weapons

White House warns Syrian President against using chemical weapons in Idlib, says the US and its allies will respond "appropriately".

White House warns Assad against use of chemical weapons

Book claims Trump ordered Assad killed

New book claims Secretary of Defense ignored order from President to kill Syrian dictator following deadly chemical weapons attack.

Book claims Trump ordered Assad killed

Trump warns Assad against 'reckless' attack in Idlib

Trump says Russia and Iran would be making a "grave mistake" if they back Syrian attack in province of Idlib.

Trump warns Assad against 'reckless' attack in Idlib

Report: Trump offered US pullout for partial Iranian retreat

Lebanese paper claims US delegation met in secret with Syrian leaders, offered withdrawal in exchange for Iranian pullback from border.

Report: Trump offered US pullout for partial Iranian retreat

Iran inks deal with Syria, vows to continue military cooperation

Despite demands by US that Iran withdraw forces from Syria, Tehran signs deal with Assad regime, vows to continue military cooperation.

Iran inks deal with Syria, vows to continue military cooperation

Iranian minister: We will continue to support Syria

Iran's defense minister says the Iran-Syria cooperation won't be decided by a "third party."

Iranian minister: We will continue to support Syria

ANALYSIS: Another major battle on the horizon in Syria

Assad intends to retake Idlib, but that may not be as easy as he thinks.

ANALYSIS: Another major battle on the horizon in Syria

'When people take you seriously, you can live in peace'

Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar explains why Israel's friends aren't necessarily 'good guys,' says only deterrence sustains Israel.

'When people take you seriously, you can live in peace'

White Helmets will speak against Assad

Middle East expert says White Helmets will provide footage and testimony of Syrian Pres. Assad's war crimes.

White Helmets will speak against Assad