Analysis: Obama and Syria: The education of a reluctant war president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – He was the peace candidate who became a war president, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has regularly ordered executions by drone.

Obama, Hollande agree on need for action on Syria: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Saturday and the two leaders agreed the world must send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that chemical weapons use was unacceptable, the White House said.

Republicans McCain, Graham say cannot support limited Syria strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Saturday said they could not support isolated military strikes on Syria that are not part of a bigger strategy.

White House believes Congress will support Syria military strike: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House believes Congress will vote in favor of a U.S. military strike against Syria because of the threat that chemical weapons pose to the security of Israel and other allies in the region, senior administration officials told reporters on Saturday.

Hundreds of Iraqis protest against lawmaker privileges

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Baghdad and central and southern Iraq on Saturday against generous pension payments to lawmakers in a county where many are still struggling to get jobs and basic services.

Toxic Leak Kills At Least 15 In Shanghai

BEIJING — At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China’s financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said.

Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

The government identified the plant as Weng’s Cold Storage Industrial Co. Ltd., but gave no further details. The cause of the leak was not immediately known and investigations led by the city’s work safety bureau were under way, it said.

The Information Office said an environmental monitoring station in the district did not detect any negative impact from the leak.

Industrial accidents are common in China due to lax safety and building standards.

Leader of Egypt’s Brotherhood in good health in jail: ministry

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Saturday the top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was in good health and denied reports that he had died from a heart attack in prison.

Secretary of State Kerry spoke with Syrian opposition leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to the Syrian opposition leader on Saturday to underscore the determination of the United States to hold the Syrian government accountable for using chemical weapons, a U.S. official said.