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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in today for his third, seven-year term in power. He vowed to crush his opponents and pronounced the 'death' of the Arab Spring.
The thousands of Syrian detainees released from regime prisons after President Assad declared a general amnesty last month now fear re-arrest. One man shares his story.
Saudi Arabia sent 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after reports that Iraqi soldiers had abandoned their posts, reports Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV. But Iraqi officials denied Iraqi forces had withdrawn. Saudi Arabia also named a new spy chief.
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen pleaded guilty in December to one count of attempting to assist a known terrorist organization.
In the run-up to his stop in Saudi Arabia, Kerry has been imploring the region’s powers to refrain from entering the Iraqi conflict in ways he says could turn it into a full-blown sectarian war.
Diplomats in the region, as well in the West, are deeply troubled about the possibility that sectarian conflicts in both countries could morph into a wider war.
Syrian regime gains in the strategic Qalamoun area face a counterattack by rebels holed up across the border in Lebanon. Post-Ottoman boundaries are dissolving in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
A car bomb in the town of Arsal on Friday revived fears of Syria's conflict spreading. In Lebanon's east, Syrian rebel fighters are targeting locals for extortion and assassination.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged help for Lebanon, which is housing 1 million Syrian refugees in a country of 4 million.
The father-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad, who is staging an election today in Syria, lives on a modest house in London. Some Syrian exiles gripe over his support for the regime.