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In the twisted calculus of today's presidential election, President Bashar al-Assad will claim legitimacy by getting a smaller percentage of the vote than in years past.
Advance voting in Syria's presidential election begins today. Although there is widespread skepticism about the legitimacy of the vote, enthusiasm was high among exiles in Lebanon.
The OPCW inspectors were investigating recent claims that the Syrian regime used chlorine gas on a rebel-held town. Although the chemical is not outright banned, its use in weapons is.
Gen. Hussein Ishaq was the commander of Syria's air defenses and among the highest-ranking regime officials killed since the conflict began in 2011.
At war since 1967, Israelis and Syrians rarely interact. But with wounded Syrians seeking treatment in Israel, a rare opportunity for chatter has emerged.
This week's roundup of Good Reads includes a look at two American demographic dramas, the danger journalists face in Syria, a profile of UN Ambassador Samantha Power, why professional women lack confidence, and slumping casino sales.
Outgunned and surrounded, Syria's rebels are withdrawing from Homs under a 24-hour cease-fire. Claiming complete control of the city would be a significant victory for Damascus.