Politics

17-04-2006
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a joint press conference with Syrian Vice President Farouk al Shara in Damascus on April 16 warned that any US attack on Iran over its nuclear programme would plunge the region into instability.
17-04-2006
Syria and Jordan have begun to demarcate their border, an official Jordanian source told United Press International on April 3, a process which has been absent since the delimitation of the border in a French-British protocol in 1931.
17-04-2006
US Ambassador in Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman has condemned the issuance by Syria's Military Court of subpoenas against Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications Marwan Hamadeh, Druze leader Waleed Jumblatt and journalist Fares Khashan, calling the move a "cynical attempt" to continue Syrian interference in Lebanon.
17-04-2006
A study into violence against women in Syria released in the first week of April by the state-run General Union of Women and funded by United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) found that one in four married women surveyed was beaten by a family member.
17-04-2006
A Syrian military court has charged former Vice President turned exiled opposition leader Abdul Halim Khaddam with inciting a foreign attack against Syria and plotting to take power, an official close to the court told The Associated Press on April 9.
17-04-2006
A meeting in Damascus scheduled for April 9 between Serge Brammertz, chief UN investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was cancelled after disagreement over the protocol of the meeting, according to reports.
17-04-2006
In a rare interview from Damascus published in the Kuwaiti Al-Rai Al-Aam newspaper on April 8, Rustom Ghazali, Syria's intelligence chief in Lebanon at the time of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, strongly denied his country's involvement in the murder.
17-04-2006
Amnesty International, the international rights group, issued a statement on April 3 calling on the Syrian government “to immediately release all those arrested for peacefully expressing their opinions.”
17-04-2006
The role of Islam in Syria is changing. From former President Hafez al Assad’s failed attempt to change the 1973 constitution that said the president of Syria must be a Muslim, to the outlawing in Law 49 of the Muslim Brotherhood after the Islamist group’s armed uprising against the state was brutally crushed leading to the deaths in Hama in 1982 of an estimated 20,000 Syrians the ruling Ba’ath Party has historically sought to secularize Syria as much as its grip on power would allow.
03-04-2006
Text of President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Sky’s World News Tonight with James Rubin, recorded in Damascus and broadcast on March 16, 2006. Source: Sky News
03-04-2006
Exiled former Syrian Vice-President Abdel-Halim Khaddam and Ali Bayanouni, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, announced the creation of a united front on March 17 aimed at forming a transitional government to bring about "regime change" from President Bashar al-Assad to democracy.
03-04-2006
The past fortnight has seen a state crack down on opposition forces in the country, with several leading pro-democracy activists detained for varying periods of time and large numbers of Kurds arrested in developments that have attracted criticism from the US State Department.
03-04-2006
Syrian security forces killed two terrorists in a clash in a southwestern region of Syria near the Lebanese border, the official SANA news agency reported on March 14.
03-04-2006
Syrian President Bashar al Assad on March 30 appointed former Culture Minister Najah al Attar as a second vice president, the official news agency SANA reported. Attar is the first woman to hold such a high position in Syria.
03-04-2006
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad gave interviews to the British satellite channel Sky News and the American television network PBS in the last two weeks of March, promising that UN investigators could “ask him anything” about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri when they meet him later this month.

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