Rebels in Syria are disappointed at the US decision to delay military action against the regime of President Assad. Russia says it has not yet seen conclusive evidence linking Assad to the gas attack two weeks ago.
The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. The Syrian president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to countries wanting to rejig their relationship with Syria.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Beirut has begun strikes against "Islamic State" positions near its border with Syria. The move is a precarious one, as it places the US-backed army tenuously on the same side as Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad.
The US has blacklisted 16 Chinese and Russian entities for their role in North Korea's weapons development. The move coincided with reports the UN is investigating North Korean shipments to a Syrian chemical arms agency.
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