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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 14, 2012.
By United Press International
Idlib falls to Syrian forces

Idlib falls to Syrian forces

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 14 (UPI) -- Syrian forces Wednesday captured the opposition stronghold of Idlib after a four-day assault, state media reports said.
Russian veto fears soften EU line on Syria

Russian veto fears soften EU line on Syria

BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Fears of a Russian veto of a United Nations Security Resolution on Syria mellowed European positions on ways to defuse the violent government-opposition showdown in the Middle Eastern country only days after the EU showed issued tough sanctions against Iran.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 14, 2008.
By United Press International

Syria elects municipal councilors

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Syrians went to the polls Sunday to elect nearly 10,000 municipal councilors across the country.

Syrian president sworn in for second term

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 17 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad officially began his second seven-year term Tuesday.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, July 14, 2007.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 14, the 195th day of 2006 with 170 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 14, the 195th day of 2005 with 170 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 14, the 196th day of 2004 with 170 to follow.
By United Press International

Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad named Speaker of the People's Assembly Mohammed Naji Al-Qtari to form a new cabinet.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2003 with 170 to follow.
By United Press International

Think tanks wrap-up-III

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the third of three wrap-ups for March 24.

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. T

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 14, the 195th day of 2002 with 170 to follow.
By United Press International
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Hafez al-Assad
WAX2000061006 - 10 JUNE 2000 - WASHINGTON, DC. USA: Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, died at the age of 69 in Syria, June 10, 2000. He was the region's longest ruling leader, controlling Syria for 30 years. His son Bashar is expected to succeed him as leader. mc UPI
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Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: حافظ الأسد‎ Ḥāfiẓ al-Asad, 6 October 1930 – 10 June 2000) was the President of Syria for three decades. Assad's rule was praised for consolidating the power of the central government after decades of coups and counter-coups, such as Operation Wappen in 1957 conducted by the Eisenhower administration and preceding covert failures, and continued foreign meddling thereafter. His rule brought modern changes, including the 1973 constitution which guaranteed women's equal status in society. Economic reforms industrialized the country and it was opened up to foreign markets. He invested in infrastructure, education, medicine, and urban construction, contributing to the creation of a broad middle class. Literacy was drastically increased and economic booms experienced.

He also drew criticism for repressing of his own people, in particular for ordering the Hama massacre of 1982, which has been described as "the single deadliest act by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East". Human Rights groups have detailed thousands of extra-judicial executions he committed against opponents of his regime.

He was succeeded by his son, current president Bashar al-Assad, in 2000.

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