The international community is demanding UN access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has admitted that his army is short of troops and has abandoned some areas. In a rare public speech, he insisted his forces could still beat rebels after four years of civil war.
Bashar al-Assad, has granted an amnesty for people in war-torn Syria who have dodged service or defected from the army. The amnesty applies to those still in Syria, as well as those who have fled the country.
The United Nations' envoy to Syria has invited the country's groups to hold discussions on political transition and fighting terrorism. The roadmap to peace until now envisages a government without President Assad.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced a general amnesty for army deserters or those who have dodged conscription, state media report. The forgiveness will apply to thousands of men.