Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has reportedly told his French counterpart that any proposal for a UN resolution holding Syria responsible for a chemical weapons attack would be "unacceptable".
Separately, Russia's foreign ministry said it will propose a UN draft declaration supporting an initiative to bring Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control.
More top news
The Government will urge the Church of England not to oppose plans to relax Sunday trading laws during a consultation starting today.
The number of night workers has risen to three million since the recession, with more women than ever working antisocial hours.
Sixteen Colombian police officers have been killed after their helicopter crashed while searching for the nation's most-wanted drug lord.