August 31, 2013
Russian leader Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he was "convinced" chemical attacks in Syria were the work of those trying to push foreign powers into the Syrian conflict.
Bahrain became the latest country late Friday to urge its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, following in the footsteps of travel warnings issued by the UK, France and Kuwait.
A parliamentary delegation left for Syria and Lebanon on Saturday to examine the situation there.
A Syrian security official said Saturday that the country was expecting a military strike "at any moment", just hours after U.N. inspectors left the capital Damascus.
Friday saw a relatively low turnout of protesters in support of ousted President Morsi on the streets of Cairo, despite six dead and dozens of injuries.
The government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria branded as "fabricated" a U.S. intelligence report which found the Syrian regime guilty of using chemical weapons on its own citizens.
U.S. President Barak Obama said on Friday he is mulling over military action in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
August 30, 2013
U.N. disarmament envoy Angela Kane left Syria Friday, whilst the rest of the U.N. chemical inspection team is expected to cross the border Saturday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revealed details of an intelligence report on Syria Friday, which says the regime prepared for days in advance to launch a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Damascus.
U.S. President Barack Obama met on Friday with his national security team on Syria, as the White House said it planned to release an intelligence report supposedly confirming the role of the Syrian regime in the death of hundreds by chemical attack in a Damascus suburb.
Supporters of ousted president Morsi began marching after noon prayers Friday in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, amid tightened security measures.
At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike Friday, including one local Qaeda leader.
Lebanon charged five people Friday, including one Syrian intelligence officer, over the Tripoli bombings that killed nearly 50 people last week.
Russia's top foreign policy adviser said Friday that the UK parliament's rejection of military action in Syria reflects the danger of foreign intervention.
French President François Hollande said Friday that France had not changed its position on a possible military intervention in Syria, following a UK parliament vote to abstain from possible action.