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Assad loyalists protest in Turkey

ANTALYA, Turkey, June 2 (UPI) -- Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad demonstrated Thursday outside a Turkish hotel where opponents were holding a conference.

Report: Syrian dissidents tracked online

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 28 (UPI) -- Anti-government Syrian protesters are being captured based on information from their Facebook and Twitter accounts, U.S. intelligence officials said.

More bloodshed in Syrian uprising

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 7 (UPI) -- At least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed and an indeterminate number of civilians died Saturday in anti-government protests, opposition groups said.
Syrian protests turn deadly

Syrian protests turn deadly

BANIYAS, Syria, April 11 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad employed soldiers and tanks for the first time against anti-government demonstrators Sunday, human rights activists said.
U.N., U.S. condemn Syrian protest response

U.N., U.S. condemn Syrian protest response

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 26 (UPI) -- The Syrian government has come under condemnation by the United Nations and United States for its violent response to protesters, officials said.
Tear gas fired during Syria funeral

Tear gas fired during Syria funeral

DERAA, Syria, March 19 (UPI) -- Activists say Syrian secret police arrested one person Saturday and security forces fired tear gas to breakup thousands of mourners at a funeral outside Deraa.
Ahmadinejad meets with Syria's Assad

Ahmadinejad meets with Syria's Assad

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Syria says President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met for a brief session at the Damascus airport Saturday.

U.S. diplomats travel to Syria, Israel

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. special envoy George Mitchell met Sunday with Syrian President Bashar Assad, beginning a weeklong series of diplomatic visits to the Middle East.

France, Syria agree to improve ties

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 12 (UPI) -- The office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday the leader reached a deal aimed at improving ties between his country and France.

Abbas, Assad meet in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 20 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, in Damascus, officials said.

Sudan's Bashir overshadows Arab summit

DOHA, Qatar, March 30 (UPI) -- The presence of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir overshadowed talks on the Palestinian issue Monday at the 21st Arab Summit in Qatar.

Iran, Syrian leaders say Israel on skids

TEHRAN, March 27 (UPI) -- The presidents of Iran and Syria say the world is tilting in favor of Muslim nations and that Israel will soon be on the losing side of the balance of power.

Abbas on state visit to Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Damascus for a two-day state visit to Syria.

Peres calls for direct talks with Syria

LAKE COMO, Italy, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres said Friday that face-to-face talks with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria could bring "major change" in the Middle East.

Sarkozy warns against Iranian nukes

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- If Iran is able to acquire nuclear weapons it could not only threaten the Middle East, but also the rest of the world, French President Nicolas Sarkozy warns.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waves to supporters in the street after addressing parliament on March 30, 2011 in Damascus, Syria. Al-Assad ordered a committee to conduct an investigation into the deaths of protesters and also to study the lifting of emergency laws. UPI
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Bashar al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎, Baššār al-ʾAsad; born 11 September 1965) is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death. Al-Assad was elected in 2000 and 2007, but was unopposed each time.

Bashar al-Assad was born in Damascus on 11 September 1965, the son of Aniseh (née Makhluf) and Hafez al-Assad. Initially Bashar had few political aspirations. His father had been grooming Bashar's older brother, Basil al-Assad, as a future president. Bashar studied ophthalmology at Damascus University 1988 and arrived in London in 1992 to continue his studies. He was recalled in 1994 to join the Syrian army after Basil's death in an automobile accident. Bashar entered the military academy at Homs, north of Damascus, following the death of Basil, and was propelled through the ranks to become a colonel in January 1999. The accident made Bashar his father's new heir-apparent.

When the elder Assad died in 2000, Bashar was appointed leader of the Baath-Party and the Army and was elected president unopposed with what the regime claimed to be a massive popular support (97.2% of the votes), after the Majlis Al Sha'ab (Parliament) swiftly voted to lower the minimum age for candidates from 40 to 34 (Assad's age when he was elected). On 27 May 2007 Bashar was approved as president for another seven-year term, with the official result of 97.6% of the votes in a referendum without another candidate.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Bashar al-Assad."
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