Loveday Morris

Loveday Morris is an award-winning freelance journalist currently based in Beirut and covering the unfolding crisis in Syria. She regularly contributes to the Independent

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, left, and his new Defence Minister, Fahad Jassim al-Freij, in Damascus yesterday

Hunt for Assad is on amid claims of wife Asma's exit to Russia

President allays injury suspicions with TV appearance to swear in Defence Minister

Crowds in Damascus celebrate the news of yesterday’s bomb strikes

A ruthless attack that proves Assad is not invincible

After 16 months of brutality, Syria's President yesterday experienced it at his own door

A high-profile activist, Ahmed Abdul Khaleq was arrested in May for the second time, but has now given the choice for his exile

UAE deports rights activist Ahmed Abdul Khaleq in clampdown on dissent

A stateless resident of the United Arab Emirates, who had never set foot outside the country, was yesterday escorted on to a plane and deported to Thailand, in a clear message that speaking out will not be tolerated.

Anti-government protesters block roads close to the centre of Damascus

Assad loses grip on Damascus as rebels begin to close in on regime

Worst fighting in Syrian city since uprising began as more senior figures turn their backs on the President

Video footage shows the mourners

Terrified villagers tell of the horror of Tremseh

Chilling evidence of Syria's worst atrocity as bodies are packed into mass graves

Mr Assad lost the support of Syria’s ambassador to Iraq

Opposition's hopes fade as Russian warships sail to aid Assad regime

The 11 vessels will set sail to protect merchant ships that are delivering military hardware to Syria

Russia cuts off Assad's military lifeline to leave regime out in the cold

Move by Moscow is strongest signal that support for long-time ally is on the decline
The Syrian President faces widespread condemnation

Assad: We shot down Turkish jet thinking it was Israeli

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tried to diffuse tension with neighbouring Turkey yesterday – or appeared to, at least – as he expressed regret that his forces shot down a Turkish jet last month and said he does not want the relationship between the two countries to spiral into conflict.

Syrian rebels call Cairo summit a conspiracy

Fractures within the Syrian opposition were laid bare again yesterday as elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) slammed a summit in Cairo as being part of a "conspiracy" that will allow the regime more time to kill.

Hilary Clinton: The Secretary of State meets her Russian counterpart this evening

Diplomats seek Syrian solution after bloodiest day of the conflict

UN foreign ministers meet today to discuss plans for a transitional rule to end the violence

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