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# Assad

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Column: People hit by indiscriminate violence need psycho-social help
The civil war in Syria has killed and injured innumerable people, many of them innocent civilians. We are trying to help survivors repair the damage to their bodies – and to their minds, writes Jane-Ann McKenna.
Process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons now under way
The team charged with the destruction of the weapons began the process this morning, a source in the international mission has said.
Column: Full, unimpeded access for all doctors is immediately needed in Syria
It is unacceptable that medical staff are being denied access to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the Cold War, writes Irish-Libyan doctor Dr Fatima Hamroush.
Column: Syrians are convinced they're considered 'expendable'... wouldn’t you be?
David Adams documents the often horrific experiences of ordinary Syrians caught up in the ongoing conflict. Time and again he hears tales of heartbreaking loss and suffering, from people who believe the world has forgotten them.
Syria: Inspectors prepare to destroy chemical weapons
UN chemical weapons experts leave country as separate disarmament group moves in to take next step against banned arsenal.
Assad will destroy chemical arms - but it'll take a year and cost $1 billion
The Syrian President made his remarks in an interview with Fox News, telling the network that Syria is not gripped by a civil war.
Obama and Assad go head-to-head in US interview duel
The two will take part in separate US television interviews today.
‘It’s not a new photo’: Sinn Féin on picture of Chris Andrews with Bashar al-Assad
The photo of the party’s newest member was taken when the former Fianna Fáil TD visited Syria in 2009 and has re-emerged online in recent days.
President Obama says no decision has been made on Syria but insists world must act
The US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that “the question is no longer what do we know, the question is what we in the international community do now.”
“Syria is not like Iraq” – David Cameron makes his case for military action
Cameron told a special debate in Westminster that Britain could not stand idle in the face of “one of the most abhorrent uses of chemical weapons in a century”.
Gilmore: Syria needs a political solution - not a military invasion
The Minister for Foreign Affairs described the deliberate use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria as “a very serious war crime” – but called for diplomacy rather than an invasion.
John Kerry warns Syria of “consequences” for using chemical weapons
The US Secretary of State said the “indiscriminate slaughter” by chemical weapons was inexcusable and undeniable.
Hollande says evidence implicates Assad in chemical attacks
The French President said that everything led to the belief that the regime was responsible for the “unspeakable act”.
Column: Those Syrian children are dead because the world didn't try to save them
Using chemical weapons and targeting innocent civilians are war crimes. But so is silence – and every day we sit back while this slaughter continues is another day that we have facilitated the killing of innocent people, writes Maurice McQuillan.
Syrian leader Bashar Asssad joins Instagram in 'despicable PR stunt'
“It is repulsive that the Assad regime would use this to gloss over the brutality and suffering it’s causing”.
Barack Obama has decided it's time to send weapons to Syrian rebels
Associated Press reports that the White House has reached a view that the Syrian crisis requires greater intervention by western powers.
France says Assad regime has used the deadly chemical sarin
Meanwhile, it is reported this morning that the Assad regime has retaken the key western town of Qusayr.
Syria Through a Lens: life of slain filmmaker and activist honoured
The one-year anniversary of the death of young journalist Bassel Shehadeh, who was killed in a shelling attack by Syrian government forces, will be marked by a worldwide commemoration of his life and work.
Turkey and US demand Assad stand down
The US President and Turkish Prime Minister met in Washington to discuss Syria’s ongoing, bloody conflict.
Column: For women giving birth in a war zone, I was more than just a midwife
Tens of thousands have died in the ongoing, bloody conflict in Syria to date – and those who remain live under constant threat of violence. Midwife Cathy Janssens writes about trying to bring new life into the world in such unstable circumstances.
Assad warns of 'instability' across region if regime falls
Assad has said the fall of his regime would cause a “domino effect” that would lead to years of instability in the Middle East.
Study finds 26 Irish people have fought in Syria
Researchers in London found that between 2,000 and 5,500 people from other countries have joined the rebel forces to fight against the Assad regime.
Residents of Syria's Aleppo sell their belongings to survive
People are trying to sell off electronic devices to make money – but there isn’t enough electricity to make them work.
Damascus hit by its deadliest bombing in Syria war
Almost 60 people were killed in the blast that rocked the city with many children among those wounded.
Syria VP says neither side can win outright
His comments came as the regime launched air strikes against a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.
Syria cuts off internet and phone networks
Authorities say the interruption is “maintenance” – but activists are accusing the Syrian regime of preparing a massacre.
Syrian rebels make new push into capital Damascus
The regime stronghold of Damascus has seen a surge in violence this week with some of the fiercest clashes in months.
Car bomb kills 50 in Syria as air strikes pound rebels
Air strikes continue as 50 pro-regime fighters are reported dead in the city of Hama.
Turkish jets force Syrian plane to land over suspicious cargo
Turkey says that the plane’s cargo “did not comply with rules of civil aviation” as tensions between the two countries escalate.
Damascus rejects UN chief call for unilateral ceasefire
The foreign ministry said it had twice implemented a ceasefire – but rebels had used it as an opportunity to ” expand their armed deployment”.
Syria: Explosions rock army HQ in Damascus
Witnesses said the blasts set off hours of sporadic gunbattles and a raging fire inside the heavily guarded compound.
UN peace envoy says Syria death toll is 'staggering'
Lakhdar Brahimi told the UN General Assembly that the destruction in the country is reaching “catastrophic proportions and the suffering of the people is immense”.
Syria: UN chief 'shocked' at massacre reports
Meanwhile, French president Hollande says he is ready to recognise a provisional Syrian government.
The Evening Fix: Sunday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
Syria: Dozens of bodies filmed as opposing sides blame each other for massacre
Footage posted online but not independently verified purports to show rows of bodies lined up at a graveyard and sprawled on Syrian streets.
Costello to announce increase in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees
The junior foreign minister will visit a refugee camp in Jordan this week where it’s expected he will announce a significant increase in humanitarian aid for people displaced by the civil war.
US will intervene in Syrian crisis - but only if Assad uses chemical weapons
President Obama says the issue of Syrian WMDs is two-fold, raising fears that chemical or biological weapons may fall into the hands of anti-Israeli extremists.
Syria: Departing UN observer chief criticises failure to protect civilians
International obligations towards civilians “have not been respected” by either side in Syrian conflict,
Syria: Defected premier says regime is 'near collapse'
Riad Hijab, highest-ranking political figure to defect from the government, said he felt “pain in his soul” over the regime’s shelling and other attacks on rebel strongholds.