China supports Russia's proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international control for their eventual destruction, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.China calls for positive response on Syria
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged small-scale attacks inside the United States to "bleed America economically", adding he hoped eventually to see a more significant strike.
Syria on Thursday formally applied to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), vowing to immediately fully abide with the treaty.
The new Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday said Tehran was ready to remove ambiguity on its disputed nuclear activities, but stressed Iran would never give up its established nuclear right.
Egypt extended state of emergency that was scheduled to end on Thursday by two months, official news agency MENA reported.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that he agreed to put chemical weapons under international observation "upon the request of Russia and not because of the American threats".
The United States has begun delivering weapons to Syrian rebels over the past two weeks, which marks "a major escalation of the US role" in the Syria conflict.
The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss Syria's chemical weapons crisis, but no deal was reached.
In an address to the nation on Tuesday President Obama said he asked Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force.
US President Barack Obama said a Russian plan to avert US strike threats on Syria by securing a deal to destroy the government's chemical weapons could be a "significant breakthrough".
France would propose a UN resolution outlining conditions to place Syrian government's chemical arms under international control and dismantle them.