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Surely a man on a near £1m income over five years, law degree from Cambridge and ambitions to manage the economy, should not have lost control of his purse strings?
Officials say the Syrians were chasing rebels who were trying to sneak into Lebanon
Al-Assad will stay in power. The rebels are not strong enough to remove him without Western intervention
Compared writing poetry to the sex act? May he be turned to dust!
What prompted the death of a man whose life was more valuable to Assad than any other foreigner’s in Syria?
Family deny Syrian security authorities' claims that he committed suicide and demand an explanation
Syrians 'forced to eat cats and dogs' to survive the war as three-quarters of population of 22 million will need aid to survive next year
Chemical weapons were used in Syria, UN weapons inspectors have said, and probably in several locations.
Picture appears to showing starving rebels with a slaughtered lion
Sudden offer by Tehran to negotiate a high-speed end to this cancerous threat of further war was thus greeted with almost manic excitement
No country volunteered to perform the task, and there is money to be made from it, says David Usborne
The new Islamic Front will have an estimated 45,000 fighters under its control
Nobel committee reveals OPCW as official winner one hour after the result was leaked by Norweigan public broadcaster NRK
UN-sanctioned inspectors have already begun to destroy Syria’s arsenal. But with as much as 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other neurotoxic agents spread across dozens of different locations, the task remaining is huge
US cautiously praises the Syrian regime for complying with UN mission to oversee the destruction of the country's chemical stockpile
The inspection team only crossed into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon on Tuesday