• Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government-controlled areas returned to school this week.

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students gather in the playground of Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. (AP Photo)
    LAST UPDATE : Sep 19, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT
  • Syria has turned over materials to Russia which aim to show that a chemical weapons attack last month was carried out by the rebels, a top Russian diplomat visiting Damascus says.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 18, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT
  • UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos leaves in a UN vehicle Syrian Labour Ministry after talks with government officials on September 5, 2013 in Damascus.

    U.N. inspectors said Monday there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 16, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT
  • From left, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius pose upon their arrival at the Elysse Palace in Paris, prior to a meeting on Syria, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

    The top diplomats from the United States, France and Britain stood side by side Monday to pressure President Bashar Assad to uphold his end of any deal on securing and destroying Syria's chemical weapons.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 16, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT
  • A high-ranking Syrian official hailed the U.S.-Russian agreement on securing Syria's chemical weapons, but the U.S. warned "the threat of force is real" if Damascus fails to carry out the plan.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 15, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT