Russia pushed Syria to agree to put its chemical stockpile under international control. But Putin's government is opposing a UN resolution that would outline strict consequences for Syria if it doesn't comply.
As Obama argues for military intervention in Syria, President Assad says he wasn't involved in the use of chemical weapons there and the US could see consequences if they act.
The United Nations inspectors were heading to the site of last week's alleged chemical weapons attack when unidentified gunmen forced the convoy to retreat.
Syrian opposition groups allege that the regime killed more than 1,300 people with the help of chemical weapons. The government denies the reports.
Meanwhile, the Gulf states have pledged billions to the country's new government in a bid to bring back 'trusted friends' in the region.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is being pushed to do more to stop violence that has spiked this summer in Iraq.
Sinai-based Islamist militants claimed the attack was in retaliation for a drone strike that killed four of their own last week.
A specific threat prompted a move of US personnel to Islamabad. The Pakistani government is also on high alert.
A number of Israelis and Americans say that fear of being cast as rejectionist may keep the parties at the table.
The charges against the recently deposed president include murder and kidnapping, and come as thousands of Egyptians prepare to take to the streets.
Alexei Navalny's surprise release on bail may indicate government uncertainty, but others believe the move was more calculated.
The former NSA contractor has invited human rights groups and lawyers to his first public appearance since arriving in Russia last month.
If Washington deemed Morsi's removal a coup, the US would be legally required to cut its estimated $1.3 billion in military aid.
Usually apolitical Al Azhar University encouraged dialogue as major anti-Morsi protests loom. The military is also watching closely.
The Taliban is trying to set itself up as a legitimate party, angering the Afghan government which has put peace talks on hold.
A poll by Northwestern in Qatar, due out tomorrow, shows growing trust in regional news outlets across the Arab world.
The Obama administration says it's convinced the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and promised more aid to the rebellion. Russia warns that it could be Iraq all over again.
The Syrian Army and rebels battled for control of Syria's crossing into the Golan Heights. The fighting lasted for seven hours and sent UN peacekeepers scrambling.
Relations between the North and the South have been more strained than usual lately, but an agreement to discuss reopening a joint factory venture could shift the mood in the region.