The international community is demanding UN access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Not long ago, many observers thought the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was only months away. The tide has turned - and his hold on power seems increasingly secure, but why?
The international chemical weapons watchdog has said that Syria must speed up its efforts to remove its arsenal in time to meet a deadline to complete the process. A deal reached last year headed off possible US strikes.
Jordan's army and state television say warplanes have destroyed a number of vehicles crossing over the border from Syria. Arms smuggling across the border has risen sharply over the past year, according to Amman.
The German government has said it will provide an armed escort ship to take part in an international mission to destroy Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons. The decision must now be approved by parliament.
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