Sept 9 (Reuters) - Here is a snapshot of Reuters news about the crisis in Syria:
* As U.S. President Barack Obama struggles to rally Congress behind U.S. military action in Syria, Russia seizes on a remark by his secretary of state to say Damascus should save itself by handing over chemical weapons.
* Russia urges Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control in the hope that this will avert U.S. military strikes over an alleged gas attack, and President Bashar al-Assad's government says it welcomes the proposal.
* Assad warns of possible reprisal attacks if the United States uses military force against Syria, saying that if there are strikes, Americans could "expect every action."
* Americans' opposition to a U.S. military strike against Syria is increasing as they learn more about the Arab nation's alleged use of chemical weapons, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
* The Obama administration turns up the pressure on a skeptical Congress to support U.S. military action in Syria but says it will closely examine Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
* U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid sets a test vote for later this week on a resolution requested by Obama to authorize military strikes against Syria.
* In a bid to help the U.N. Security Council overcome its "embarrassing paralysis" on Syria, the U.N. chief says he may ask the council to demand that Damascus move its chemical arms stocks to sites where they can be safely stored and destroyed.
* U.N. human rights investigators hope to get into Syria soon to try to find out who carried out apparent chemical attacks and other war crimes, says Carla del Ponte, of the U.N. commission of inquiry on Syria.
* "If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons ... makes it possible to avoid strikes, then we will immediately get to work with Damascus." - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
* "He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week - turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting. But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done." - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
* "It's area where everything is on the brink of explosion. You have to expect everything." - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
* "The proposal of the Russian foreign minister ... is worthy of close scrutiny." - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
* "It is a trap and deceitful manoeuvre by the Damascus regime and will do nothing to help the situation. They have tons of weapons hidden that would be nearly impossible for international inspectors to find." - Qassim Saadeddine, a spokesman for the Supreme Military Council of Assad's opponents.
* "Two and half years of conflict in Syria have produced only embarrassing paralysis in the Security Council." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
* "The chemical weapons in Syria ... are controlled in very tight manner by the Assad regime. It is Bashar al-Assad, Maher al-Assad, his brother, and a general who are the three people who have control over the movement and use of chemical weapons." - Kerry
* "We cannot allow terrorists bent on destruction, or a nuclear North Korea, or an aspiring nuclear Iran, to believe for one minute that we are shying away from our determination to back up our longstanding warnings." - U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice.
* U.S. stocks rally as upbeat economic data from China spurs the S&P 500 higher for a fifth straight day, while bonds rally and oil prices fall on diverging outlooks on the possibility of a Western strike against Syria.
* Brent crude oil futures sink more than 2 percent as concerns of an imminent strike on Syria ease, and traders reduce positions that had reflected fears of oil supply disruption in the Middle East. (Compiled by Mohammad Zargham)