The international community is demanding UN access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he is confident that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime. Assad made the comments in an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar television network.
Several civilians have been killed in air strikes and shelling by Syrian government forces in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. The suburb has been under aerial attack for more than a week.
At least ten were killed and others wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Latakia, in a rare attack in a coastal stronghold of President Bashar Assad. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The UN's human rights panel on Syria has demanded that outside powers stop shipping arms to the warring sides and develop more 'legal channels' for refugees. The grinding 4-and-half year war has claimed 250,000 lives.