Sept 6 (Reuters) - Here is a snapshot of Reuters news about the crisis in Syria:
* U.S. President Barack Obama resists pressure to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlists the support of 10 fellow leaders for a "strong" response to a chemical weapons attack.
* President Vladimir Putin makes clear that Russia does not want to be sucked into a war over Syria, signalling that Moscow will maintain current levels of support to Damascus in the case of foreign military intervention.
* Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, argues in a speech that a limited military strike is the only option left to respond to a chemical weapons attack in Syria after diplomatic efforts have stalled.
* France, which backs military action to punish Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack, tries to rally support from its European Union partners but meets scepticism from governments wary of turning their backs on the United Nations.
* Obama says he will take his case for military action in Syria directly to the American people next week, and acknowledges his problems in convincing Congress to back strikes against Assad's forces.
* Baghdad and foreign oil companies at work in Iraq's giant oilfields are adopting extra security measures in anticipation of retaliatory attacks if the United States strikes neighbouring Syria, industry sources say.
* The United States tightens security at diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey because of threats, ordering personnel out of Lebanon and offering to evacuate those in Adana in southeastern Turkey.
* Obama declines to speculate whether he will go ahead with a military strike in Syria if Congress votes against authorizing it.
* Russia is sending its large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov towards the Syrian coast, state news agency Interfax quotes a navy source as saying.
* For the first time in Syria's 2-1/2 year conflict, the government is offering a bounty to anyone who captures a foreign "terrorist" - the word authorities use for rebels fighting to topple Assad.
* "Given Security Council paralysis on this issue, if we are serious about upholding a ban on chemical weapons use then an international response is required, and that will not come through Security Council action." - U.S. President Barack Obama
* "International law says that no country is allowed to take the law into their hands - they have to go through the Security Council." - U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi
* "We believe that it is necessary to wait for the report of the U.N. chemical weapons experts before taking any further decisions, also on possible measures of a military nature. That's our appeal to those who talk and think about military measures." - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
* "Will we help Syria? We will. We are helping them now. We supply weapons, we cooperate in the economic sphere, and I hope we will cooperate more in the humanitarian sphere ... to provide help for those people - civilians - who are in a difficult situation today." - Russian President Vladimir Putin
* "Failing to respond to this breach of this international norm would send a signal to rogue nations, authoritarian regimes and terrorist organizations, that they can develop and use weapons of mass destruction and not pay a consequence. And that's not the world that we want to live in." - Obama
* "As far as my government is concerned, the United Nations should be put in a position to draw conclusions on the basis of the reports given by the inspectors." - Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans
* Wall Street stocks briefly retreated in tandem with European shares after Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to assist Syria. However, Putin made clear that Russia did not want to be sucked into a war over Syria. Stocks and bond prices jumped after a report showed U.S. jobs growth was less than expected in August.
* U.S. crude oil futures settled at their highest level in more than two years as investors rushed to buy amid concerns a possible military strike against Syria could cause oil prices to spike.
* Despite rising 1.5 percent on Friday, gold ended the week 0.5 percent lower for a second consecutive weekly loss as its safe-haven appeal dropped on a lack of progress about possible U.S. military strikes against Syria. (Compiled by Mohammad Zargham)