United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and ambassadors discussed "possible diplomatic moves to end" the Syria conflict after UN diplomats said mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is determined to quit.
US Defense Secretary said the administration is rethinking its previous opposition to arming Syrian opposition.
Most Americans do not want to intervene in Syria's civil war, although the percentage in favor more than doubles if Bashar al-Assad's forces use chemical weapons against their people.
The international community has yet to come to a clear conclusion though speculation was still rife on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
An Israeli girl sits on a stool in a buttercup plantation, near the southern town of Kiryat Gat April 30, 2013.
Some 170 prisoners escaped on Tuesday from a prison in Libya's Sebha, some 800 km south of the capital of Tripoli.
A total of 535,000 houses have been completely destroyed across Syria since the eruption of crisis two years ago, resulting in the displacement of more than 700,000 families, a new study revealed.
At least 21 people were killed and 78 others injured in attacks across Iraq on Monday, mostly in the southern Shiite provinces, an Interior Ministry source said.
An explosion rocked a district of Syria's capital Damascus Monday, leaving unspecified number of casualties, the state-media said, while other reports said the prime minister was the target of the attack.
Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said here Sunday that Iran's natural gas exports to Turkey will increase following the establishment of a planned joint pipeline
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang from May 6 to 10.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that Iran and Turkey share common interests when meeting with visiting Turkish minster of development.