• The Syrian government said Wednesday it will participate in U.N.-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the country's civil war, but insisted that it is not going to the conference to hand over power.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 27, 2013, 7:17 AM EST
  • This citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows the 13th-century mosque of Khalid Ibn al-Walid, which was damaged by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling, in Homs province, Syria, Thursday, July 11, 2013. Heavy fighting has been taking place around the mosque and government troops have heavily shelled the area in the past days in the central city of Homs. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi)

    Syria's embattled president said that Arab identity is back on the right track after the fall from power of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 11, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
  • This image made from video shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

    The comments were in line with a forceful and confident message the regime has been sending in recent days, even as the international community attempts to launch a peace conference in Geneva.

    LAST UPDATE : May 30, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
  • Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle against opposition fighters in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province, on May 23, 2013. Syrian government troops launched a week ago an assault on Qusayr and the intervention of hundreds of fighters of Shiite militant group Hezbollah from neighbouring Lebanon has given the regime the upper hand in the battle.

    European Union nations decided to lift an arms embargo on Syria as Russia disclosed it has a contract to sell the Syrian government sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles.

    LAST UPDATE : May 28, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT