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As developments in the Syria crisis are now unfolding at a less frenetic pace, we have paused our live coverage and switched to a readers' edition format. We will review this once the UN's general assembly meeting gets under way. But for now this blog is primarily a forum for readers to share links and offer commentary on developments in the . Please post your comments below.
Here's a roundup of the latest developments:
• Speaking to the BBC on the eve of the UN's general assembly meeting, under secretary general Jeffrey Feltman, said: "It's very hard for us to imagine a political solution for Syria that works, that doesn't somehow have Iran as part of the conversation".
• Speaking to reporters in New York, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius appeared to confirm France's willingness to accept Russia's demand that the draft resolution not be enforceable under Chapter 7.
• In an interview for China state TV he confirmed his has already handed over a list of chemical weapons to an international agency policing chemical weapons.
• Mohommod Hassin Nawaz, 29, and his sibling Hamza Nawaz, 22, were arrested at the port last Monday after travelling from Calais in France, when police found five rounds of ammunition for an AK-type gun allegedly in their possession.
• A report from Save the Children says restrictions on movement and massive inflation are severely limiting the ability of many Syrian families to put enough food on the table.
• Zarif will meet the US secretary of state and the foreign ministers of five other world powers in what will be the highest-level direct US-Iranian talks since of 1979.
• In an article , Khatami, said his successor as Iranian president had "the necessary authority" for a diplomatic resolution to the longstanding differences between Tehran and the west, not least on the nuclear issue. He warned that failure would strengthen extremists on both sides.
There is little doubt Rouhani will deliver the rhetoric. The devil as ever will be in the fine print. It may be that the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has empowered him to make a deal that critically falls short of international expectations, in the hope that the momentum building around Rouhani would bounce the West into giving away more than it intended ...
Nobody outside Khamenei's tightest circle knows his mind for sure. But arguably he has let expectations rise to such heights this time that - assuming the US and allies to not dramatically botch their hand - he cannot pull back from the brink of a historic breakthrough without inflicting considerable political damage on himself and on the Islamic Republic.
• A court on Monday ordered the freezing of the Brotherhood's assets and also banned its spin-off groups, state media reported.