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Football 11 Sep 2013 | 6:17 PM

Leaden-footed England plod on towards samba party

LONDON (Reuters) - England remain on course to qualify for next year's World Cup finals but the tedious nature of their 0-0 draw in Kiev on Tuesday did little to suggest they will bring much fun to the party.

Football 11 Sep 2013 | 6:57 AM

Uninspired Germany overcome Faroes 3-0

TORSHAVN, September 10 - Germany, treating the match like a tedious household chore, duly overcame a rugged Faroe Islands side 3-0 on Tuesday to maintain their predictable progress towards a place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil next year.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 5:45 AM

Russia cancels emergency U.N. meeting on Syria chemical weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An emergency closed-door meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Syria was cancelled on Tuesday after Russia withdrew its request for the session, Australia's U.N. envoy said, as Western powers and Russia disagreed over a plan for Syria's chemical arsenal.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 5:20 AM

Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 5:20 AM

Impromptu or scripted, Syria plan lets Russia play the peacemaker

MOSCOW (Reuters) - If it really was just an offhand remark by the U.S. secretary of state that gave Russia the chance to play peacemaker in the Syrian conflict, Moscow is certainly not letting on.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 5:00 AM

Putin says he, Obama discussed control over Syrian chemical arms

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed at talks last week to step up efforts to safeguard Syria's chemical weapons and discussed placing the arsenal under international control.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 4:10 AM

Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 1:30 AM

Syria chemical plan can only work if U.S. rejects force - Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control will not succeed unless the United States and its allies reject the use of force against Damascus, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 1:10 AM

Concerned Israel sees some hope in Syrian weapons plan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A sceptical Israel saw potential positives in Syria's acceptance to surrender control of its chemical weapons to Russia, hoping the mooted deal would make Iran think twice about its nuclear project.

World 11 Sep 2013 | 12:45 AM

Syria prompts Europe to question US leadership will

PARIS (Reuters) - The United States' uncertainty over how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria has left close European allies wondering whether Washington remains ready to play the world leadership role it has long assumed.