Claims that the rebels targeted Syrian President Assad's convoy have not been verified. Some question whether Assad's death would alter the balance of the conflict.
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.