In an interview with Russian TV, Bashar al-Assad rejected offers of safe passage to another country in exchange for halting the civil war.
Not long ago, many observers thought the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was only months away. The tide has turned - and his hold on power seems increasingly secure, but why?
Jordan's army and state television say warplanes have destroyed a number of vehicles crossing over the border from Syria. Arms smuggling across the border has risen sharply over the past year, according to Amman.
The international chemical weapons watchdog has said that Syria must speed up its efforts to remove its arsenal in time to meet a deadline to complete the process. A deal reached last year headed off possible US strikes.
The tension over Ukraine has all but buried the chance of peace in Syria. The Syrian people, still being massacred every day, are paying the price for the awkward stalemate between the West and Russia.
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