Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem on Friday informed Moscow of a security plan regarding a ceasefire and a possible prison swap with the rebel groups, Syria' s official SANA news agency reported.
Rocket fire into the Lebanese border town of Arsal killed at least seven people and wounded 15 on Friday, Lebanon's state news agency said, in one of several such salvoes to hit towns bordering war-torn Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel is making stern security demands in the peace talks with the Palestinians, and that it is doing so in order to achieve a peace agreement.
Israeli politicians scrambled to do damage control on Tuesday, following harsh statements attributed to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon regarding US Secretary of State John Kerry's performance on Tuesday.
Israel's hawkish defence minister apologised to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad- Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on an official visit to meet with the Iraqi leaders over bilateral relations and developments in the Middle East, an official told Xinhua on Tuesday.