Sept 9 (Reuters) - Here is a snapshot of Reuters news about the crisis in Syria:
* U.S. President Barack Obama says he sees a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposes that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.
* 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.
* 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.
* Obama speaks by telephone to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss potential responses to the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria, the White House says.
* U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid abruptly backs off plans to schedule a test vote on Wednesday on a resolution to authorize military strikes against Syria.
* Republican U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham say the possibility of Assad giving up control of Syria's chemical weapons should make members of Congress more willing to vote for the authorization for the use of military force.
* Obama discussed a potential diplomatic solution on Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week when the two leaders discussed the crisis at the G20 summit, Obama tells PBS NewsHour in an interview.
* "It's possible that we can get a breakthrough." - U.S. President Barack Obama.
* "We're going to run this to ground. John Kerry and the rest of my national security team will engage with the Russians and the international community to see, can we arrive at something that is enforceable and serious." - Obama
* "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.
* "I do think that the Russians are serious. I met with the Russian ambassador earlier today and believe that they are serious in putting this together and that it is a plan that could solve the problem." - U.S. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein
* "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
* Benchmark Brent oil prices post their biggest decline in nearly three months, diving as much as $3 a barrel as new proposals to clamp down on Syria's chemical weapons ease fears of an imminent military strike against the country.
* Fresh signs of global economic stability drive Asian stocks to a three-month high as investors turn their attention to more data out of China, while oil nurses heavy losses as fears of an imminent U.S. military strike against Syria recede even further.
A test vote on a White House-backed resolution to authorize military strikes against Syria is expected later in the week after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid abruptly backed off plans to schedule a vote for Wednesday. A vote in the House of Representatives is to be held later. (Compiled by Mohammad Zargham in Washington)