A car bomb exploded in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on today, killing at least seven people, including a local rebel commander, opposition activists said.
A senior member of the Syrian opposition said Western nations had offered reassurances that President Bashar al-Assad will play no role in a negotiated political transition.
The US Congress took steps to accelerate the voting process on the resolution to authorise military action against the Assad regime.
Pope Francis had invited people of all faiths to join him and the world`s Catholics in a day of prayer and fasting on September 7 to end the conflict in Syria.
Israel sought to play down its attack on Syrian soldiers during an air strike on research facilities and weapons shipments that were bound for the Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Russia does not have conclusive evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, Russian Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev said.
More than 6,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in March alone, according to a leading activist group that reported it was the deadliest month yet in the 2-year-old conflict.
The United Nations has warmed that the number of refugees from Syria may double or even triple this year if the two-year-old bloody uprising does not end.
UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey would not say whether the missing person was a military or civilian member of the international or local staff.
Activists reported "huge demonstrations" after weekly
Muslim prayers in response to calls from an Internet group
that urged rallies against President Bashar al-Assad`s regime
under the banner "death rather than humiliation".
Ibrahim Qashoush`s lyrics moved thousands of protesters in Syria who sang his jaunty verses.
Tehran sees Syria`s unrest as a "Zionist plot" against its close ally Damascus.
Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said it had the names of the 1,100 people who it reported were killed mostly in the southern Hauran Plain region, where the uprising erupted on March 18.
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