- 6 June, 2012 -- Syria’s Assad names new PM after parliamentary vote
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday appointed agriculture minister Riad Hijab as the strife-torn country's new premier and tasked him with forming a government, state television reported.
- 10 March, 2012 -- Syria’s Assad has ‘positive’ talks with Annan: state TV
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held "positive" talks with international peace envoy Kofi Annan on Saturday, state television reported.
- 21 March, 2013 -- Obama skeptical of Assad claim on chemical weapons
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States is investigating whether chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria, but he's "deeply skeptical" of claims by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime that rebel forces were behind such an attack.
- 7 August, 2012 -- Top aide to Iran supreme leader in Syria to meet Assad
Saeed Jalili, a top aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, arrived in Damascus on a surprise visit on Tuesday for talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian state television reported.
- 28 March, 2012 -- Activists: 40 killed this week in north Syria town
Syrian forces have captured a northern town from rebels after four days of fighting in which more than 40 people were killed and homes were burned down, activists said Wednesday.