• The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Friday "for its extensive efforts" to rid the world of such arsenals, the awarding committee said.

    In this Friday Sept. 27, 2013 file photo a car arrives at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, in The Hague, Netherlands.
    LAST UPDATE : Oct 11, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
  • Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says "reasonable" representatives of the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad could take part in prospective peace talks with the regime.

    Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that the West should help encourage those rebels who don't harbor "extremist or terrorist views" to join the talks to settle the 2 ½-year conflict.

    The U.N. Security Council, which last week endorsed an international plan for Syria to destroy its chemical weapons, has called for a peace conference to be convened "as soon as possible."

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 01, 2013, 6:54 AM EDT