Sept 1 (Reuters) - Here is a snapshot of Reuters news about the crisis in Syria:
* If President Barack Obama has disappointed Syrian rebels by deferring to Congress before bombing Damascus, he has also dismayed the United States' two main allies in the Middle East.
* Russian lawmakers want to travel to Washington to urge the U.S. Congress not to back Obama's plan for military strikes.
* Senior members of France's ruling party rebuff opposition calls for a parliamentary vote on whether to take military action against Syria.
* Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out chemical attack in Damascus, according to a French intelligence report.
* Assad denies his forces were behind the attack and warned French military action would lead to "negative repercussions".
* Syria hails "historic American retreat," mockingly accuses Obama of hesitation, confusion after he delays military strike to consult Congress.
* U.S. Secretary of State Kerry says tests have shown sarin nerve gas was fired on rebel-held areas near Damascus.
* Comments from Republicans and Democrats indicate how complex debate will be - and raise doubts whether Obama will win authorization.
* Kerry tips his hand on one tactic administration will use - linking congressional vote to safeguarding Israel from Syrian chemical weapons threat.
* U.N. says Obama's move could be seen as part of effort to forge global consensus on responding to use of chemical arms anywhere.
* China says it had been briefed by the United States about evidence on the use of chemical weapons.
* Russia is sending a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean, Interfax news agency reports.
* Poll shows most French people do not approve of military action against Syria.
* Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group head toward Red Sea to help support any U.S. strike.
* Syrian opposition says Assad has moved military equipment, personnel to civilian areas and put prisoners in military sites as human shields.
* European, Asian stock markets comforted by delay in any action against Syria.
* "The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching ... We shouldn't just talk about a Syrian response, but what will happen after the first strike. Everybody will lose control of the situation when the powder keg blows." - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to French newspaper Le Figaro.
* Obama departs late on Tuesday for Sweden and a G20 summit in Russia. (Compiled by Xavier Briand and Pravin Char)