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# Damascus

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Syrian ambassador defections confirmed by US
White House also said it considers reports the Syrian government is using planes in its assault on Aleppo as “credible”.
Eight killed in Syrian prison mutiny
Opposition Syrian National Council claims regime forces opened fire on detainees during a peaceful sit-in protest.
Syria threatens using WMDs as EU prepares to withdraw citizens
Cyprus’s justice minister says the bloc is “prepared for the worst”, as Syria reveals its WMD for the first time.
Syrian regime forces accused of summary executions
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that state forces executed at least 23 people yesterday.
Syria: Government troops fight back against rebels in Damascus
The move is an attempt to take over rebel-held areas in Damascus and Aleppo, two of the biggest cities in the country.
Syrian war: fierce fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo
Rebels have launched an operation to ‘liberate’ Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Both sides are claiming territorial gains.
Thousands flee Syria as war rages on
Despite the UN’s extension of its observation mission, violence continues to escalate across the country.
Executions reported as rebels seize border crossings in Syria
Iraq says that all of its borders with Syria have been seized.
Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law killed in Damascus suicide bombing
A suicide bombing targeted the national security headquarters in central Damascus with Syrian state TV reporting that Defence Minister General Daoud Rajha was also killed.
Civil war declared in Syria as fighting escalates
Meanwhile, the UN is pressing China and Russia to back tougher action against Bashar Assad.
US, Russia hold talks on Syria
Meanwhile, violence continues in Syria with activists stating it has been a particularly bloody week around the nation’s capital.
Pro government TV station attacked in Syria
Seven people were killed in the attack after explosives were detonated in the channel’s offices.
Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs, 38 killed
Women and children have been sheltering in basements for days, according to activists.
Two strong explosions shake Syrian capital
Violence continues in Damascus despite UN-backed ceasefire.
Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10
Despite a cease-fire agreement, chaos and violence continue in Syria – with protests ongoing and a suicide attack in Damascus today that killed ten people.
Reports of three intelligence officers killed in Syria
As monitors continue to visit parts of the unrest-stricken country, reports say that around 30 people died in Hama yesterday.
Clinton pushes for greater action on Syria
The US has increased the supports it is making available to the Syrian opposition.
Syria steps up offensive in Damascus suburbs
Opposition activists believe Assad’s regime is stepping up attacks to gain ground ahead of an internationally sponsored cease-fire due to take place next week.
Gulf countries agree a 'pot of gold' to fund Syrian rebels
The large-scale plan was agreed at a meeting of foreign ministers in Istanbul today as violence continues in Syria.
Column: ‘Staying in Syria was too risky’ – an Irish journalist’s story
Stephen Starr lived in conflict-torn Syria for five years until last month, one of the only Irish journalists able to do so. Here he explains why he had to leave.
EU slaps sanctions on Assad's wife and mother
Intercepted emails recently showed that the president’s wife Asma spent thousands on designer shoes and bespoke furniture as the government continued its violent crackdown.
Syrian troops and gunmen clash in Damascus
The clashes follow Saturday’s car bombings, which killed 27 people. Three strong explosions were reported in Damascus last night.
Explosion in Syria's second city Aleppo
Syrian state media is reporting an unspecified number of casualties from today’s blast.
Why has the world not intervened in Syria?
A number of Middle East experts tell why Syria is not Libya.
Dozens killed as twin explosions strike Syrian capital
State news agency SANA says that car bombs appear to have been involved in the attacks which killed several people this morning.
Syria: 6 things we have learned from the Assad emails
The Guardian has today published details from thousands of emails it reports were sent and received by the embattled president Bashar Assad and his wife in recent months.
Kofi Annan leaves Syria without securing peace deal
The UN envoy was rebuffed by president Bashar al-Assad as he attempted to broker a ceasefire.
Kofi Annan meets Syrian president in bid to defuse violence
The visit comes amid reports that a number of high-ranking military officers have joined rebel forces against Bashar al-Assad.
Syrians vote on new draft constitution as violence continues
Opposition parties are boycotting the vote and have called for Assad to step down immediately.
Syria troops fire on Damascus funeral, say activists
Eyewitnesses say the procession numbered around 15,000 – which would make it among the largest anti-government gatherings to have taken place in Damascus during the 11-month rising.
Al-Qaeda chief urges outside help for Syria rebels
Ayman al-Zawahri calls on Muslims elsewhere in the Arab World to join the uprising against Syrian president Bashar Assad.
Military official shot dead in Damascus
Dr Issa al-Kholi is the highest ranking military official to have been killed since unrest began almost a year ago.
Syria: 28 killed in Aleppo bomb blasts
Bashar Assad’s forces continue to bombard the city of Homs as the government said that military complexes in the economically important city of Aleppo had been targeted today.
Over a dozen dead as shelling of Syrian city of Homs continues
Scores of people have died in the last week alone as UN chief Ban Ki Moon said that the failure to agree a resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council has been “disastrous”.
Syria: Dozens reported dead as shelling of Homs continues
The violence comes despite more assurances from president Bashar Assad to end the bombardment and start dialogue with rebel fighters.
Syria: Shelling resumes in Homs as Russian foreign minister due for talks
Sergei Lavrov is in Damascus today but has remained tight-lipped about what he will tell Syrian officials after Russia’s veto of a UN resolution last week.
US closes Syrian embassy amid growing unrest
The US has reiterated its calls for the international community to act in support of the Arab League’s peace plan.
UN to hold key talks on resolution demanding Assad steps aside
The move comes as Syrian troops push further into Damascus suburbs, crushing pockets of resistance.
Syrian troops storm rebel strongholds near Damascus, 62 reported dead
The widescale offensive near the capital suggested the regime is worried that military defectors could close in on Damascus.