US faces 'Munich moment' on Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Democrat congressmen that they face a "Munich moment" as they weigh-up whether to approve strikes on Syria.

Kerry: House Democrats face 'Munich moment' on Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Democrat congressmen that they face a "Munich moment" as they weigh-up whether to approve strikes on Syria, NBC News reports.

Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Reuters

The phrase is a reference to the 1938 Munich Pact that ceded control of part of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany - a moment that history has judged as the appeasement of Adolf Hitler that preceded the Holocaust and the Second World War.

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Syria asks UN to 'prevent any aggression' against it

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Bashar Ja'afari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations. Credit: Reuters

Syria has asked the United Nations to "prevent any aggression" against it. The request was in a letter from the UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari, the state news agency SANA reported.

Read: Assad: France will become enemy of Syria over any military action

Desolate Syrian refugees feel let down by world powers

Syrian refugees who were forced to flee their war-torn country told ITV News that the world has let them down by not staging an intervention to a chemical weapons attack.

UN: Seven million displaced by Syrian civil war

One refugee at the Zaatari camp in Jordan told our Correspondent Martin Geissler: "Assad has used chemicals 14 times at least. What is the matter with the world. Are they sleeping? Are they drunk? Are they on drugs?"

Watch: Refugees call for the world to act now on Syrian crisis

UN: Seven million displaced by Syrian civil war

The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan which is home to around 150,000 Syrian refugees. Credit: ITV News/Lutfi Abu-Aun

Seven million Syrian have been displaced by the country's civil war, the head of the UN refugee agency in Syria said.

Tarik Kurdi said that five million of the displaced are still in Syria, while around two million have fled to neighbouring countries.

Watch: Refugees call for the world to act now on Syrian crisis

He added that UN assistance had been a "drop in the sea of humanitarian need" and the funding gap is "very, very wide."

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Russia 'deploys reconnaissance ship' to Mediterranean

Russia has deployed a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean in a bid to "to gather current information in the area of the escalating conflict", a military source told Interfax news agency.

The ship is understood to have left the naval base in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol late on Sunday.

The Defence Ministry declined to comment on the reports.

Russia: US evidence on Syria holds 'nothing concrete'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed America's evidence on Syria, Moscow Correspondent for BBC News Steve Rosenberg reported.

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Lavrov dismisses Syria evidence presented by US as "nothing concrete: no coordinates, no names, no proof samples taken by professionals"

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Lavrov: Russia & China advocate talks on Syria & Iran, oppose ultimatums and sanctions (Interfax)

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Lavrov recalls "cynical participation of NATO in Libya's internal conflict". Russia suspects the West has similar plans in Syria.

US diverts aircraft carrier towards Syrian waters

The US has diverted the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships towards the Red Sea in preparation for a possible strike in Syria, defence officials have told Reuters.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Credit: REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

The Nimitz carrier group had been in the Indian Ocean and was due to return to port in Washington, but has reportedly been redirected.

It has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked.

The US has already deployed an additional two destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean over the past week, bringing to the total to five.

USS San Antonio, an amphibious ship with 300 Marines and extensive communications equipment on board, has also been diverted to the area.

Kerry: 'Congress will not turn its back on US credibility'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he does not believe that Congress will "turn it's back" America's credibility in its response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria.

In an interview with NBC, he said: "The United States is strongest when Congress speaks with the President, when the American people are invested, because we have had an appropriate vetting of all the facts.

"I don't believe my former colleagues in the United States Senate, in the House, will turn their backs on all of our interests."

Read: US - Sarin used in Syria attacks

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