Developments on Syria
Arab League: The 22-member organization urged action against the Syrian government to deter what it called the "ugly crime" of using chemical weapons. It was a major step toward supporting Western military strikes but short of the explicit endorsement the United States and some Persian Gulf allies had hoped for.
United Nations: U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon asked the head of the U.N. chemical weapons inspection team to expedite the analysis of tests from samples collected from its visits to alleged chemical weapons attack sites in Syria. Nesirky declined to comment on when results were expected.
Iran: Iranian state TV said an Iranian parliamentary delegation in Damascus visited with Syrians allegedly injured in chemical weapons attacks that the Syrian regime blames on rebels. The delegation was also expected to meet with the Syrian prime minister and foreign minister.
Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to soothe a jittery nation unnerved by the standoff between the United States and Syria, saying Israel is "calm and self-assured" and ready for "any possible scenario."
Vatican: Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons and called for a negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria. He announced that he would lead a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday.