Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spurned any hopes of negotiations in the war in Syria, calling rebels terrorists. the international community responsed with concern and anger at Assad's speech, his first in public in more than half a year.
After a highly questionable election, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun his new term. The fact that he should present himself as a bulwark against terrorism is a mockery, says DW's Rainer Sollich.
Syria's last declared stockpiles of chemical weapons agents have been shipped to be destroyed, according to an international watchdog. But there are doubts that Syria will stop waging war using toxic chemicals.
With the chaos unfolding in Iraq, another Middle Eastern state looks set to fail. Instability in the region poses a direct threat to Europe, and there isn't a satisfactory solution, writes DW's Dennis Stute.
Foreign ministers from several nations are discussing ways to support Syria’s opposition. On Wednesday, rebels detonated explosives underneath a large army base.
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