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MOSCOW (AP) — The foreign ministers of Russia and Syria say they want United Nations inspectors to return to Syria to continue their probe into the use of chemical weapons. The pair met in Moscow today, and afterward Russia's Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) vowed Moscow would continue to seek a peaceful settlement to Syria's civil war. He says a U.S. attack on Syria would deal a fatal blow to peace efforts.
LONDON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding a chemical weapons attack simply by turning over "every single bit" of his weapons stock to the international community. But at a news conference in London with his British counterpart, Kerry said Assad "isn't about to do that."
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops have launched an attack on hills overlooking a Christian-majority village near the capital today. Activists say the Syrian army appears to be trying to isolate the rebels who have seized control of the village. One man who fled says all but about 50 village residents have left.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Facebook has no official face in Iran but the winds of change may be blowing. Iran's entire Cabinet has opened Facebook pages in what is seen as a move toward greater openness. Newspapers hinted that the move might herald the lifting of some Internet barriers.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is showing off a newly discovered painting by Vincent Van Gogh. "Sunset at Montmajour" depicts trees, bushes and sky, painted with Van Gogh's familiar thick brush strokes. The museum director says the painting belongs to a private collector and spent years in an attic in Norway believed to be by another artist. It's the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928.