The EU allowed the arms embargo to expire in June, but said it would not take action until August. That day is here.
The photos feature President Assad and wife Asma surrounded by adoring Syrians, with few signs of the conflict that is tearing the country apart.
Lebanon's economy typically rides a wave of tourism every summer, but Syria's war is scaring off visitors.
Foreign journalists are increasingly staying out of Syria, judging the risk of kidnapping to be too great.
This weekend saw one of the highest death tolls for Syrian rebels in a civil war that has now claimed an estimated 93,000 lives.
The Russian report alleges that the rebels fired a rocket laced with homemade sarin into Aleppo in March.
An Israeli engineering student gathered 30 people from his Golan Heights kibbutz to construct a giant peace sign on the de-facto Israel-Syria border.
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.
Former President Bill Clinton suggested President Obama was being a 'wuss' over intervention in Syria as the UN reported the death toll has reached 93,000.
An Iran-backed victory for the Syrian regime may give Iran more regional influence, but it could lose its claim to being a leader of resistance.