Sept 10 (Reuters) - Here is a snapshot of Reuters news about the crisis in Syria:
* Top Obama administration officials urge Congress to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.
* A Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control will not succeed unless the United States and its allies reject the use of force against Damascus, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.
* Obama asks Congress to delay votes on authorizing military strikes against Syria to give Russia time to get Damascus to surrender any chemical weapons it possesses, U.S. senators say.
* The leaders of the United States, Britain and France all prefer a diplomatic solution on Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, but also see a need for the international community to weigh a "full range of responses," the White House says.
* Russia tells France that a proposal to adopt a U.N. Security Council resolution holding the Syrian government responsible for the possible use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.
* British Prime Minister David Cameron wants Russia and Syria to demonstrate that a Moscow-backed proposal for President Bashar al-Assad to put his chemical weapons under international control is genuine, Cameron's spokesman says.
* Britain, France and the United States will try to win support for a tough resolution on Syrian chemical weapons in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Cameron says.
* A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators is drafting a modified resolution on the use of military force in Syria that would give the United Nations time to take control of Syria's chemical weapons, Senate aides say.
* A skeptical Israel sees potential positives in Syria's acceptance to surrender control of its chemical weapons to Russia, hoping the mooted deal would make Iran think twice about its nuclear project.
* U.S. uncertainty over how to respond to a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria has left close European allies wondering whether Washington remains ready to play the world leadership role it has long assumed.
* Whether deft diplomacy or a rhetorical stumble, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has managed to crack open the door to a possible solution to the Syrian crisis that could get President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers out of a bind, save Syria from a bombing and cast Russia as peacemaker.
* After two years of being painted in the West as an obstacle to peace in Syria, Russia finds itself in the unusual position of being a proponent of a plan that could reduce tension in the Middle East, even though actually taking control of Syria's chemical weapons in the middle of a war will present considerable difficulties.
* Syrian warplanes bomb rebel suburbs of Damascus for the first time in three weeks, in an offensive opposition activists said showed President Assad no longer fears attack by the United States.
* A third of Syria's housing stock and thousands of schools have been destroyed during the conflict, forcing some 4.25 million people to abandon their homes and 2 million children to drop out of class, U.N. data and statements say.
"(The proposal) can work only if we hear that the American side and all those who support the United States in this sense reject the use of force." - Russian President Vladimir Putin
"For this diplomatic option to have a chance of succeeding, the threat of a U.S. military action - the credible, real threat of U.S. military action - must continue." - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to the House Armed Services Committee.
* "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.
* U.S. stocks climb for a sixth straight session as the dollar and global equities rally on more upbeat economic data from China, while prices of safe-haven debt and oil slip on the chance of a diplomatic alternative to a potential Western military strike against Syria.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 95.87 points or 0.64 percent, at 15,158.99, the S&P 500 gained 9.02 points or 0.54 percent, to 1,680.73 and the Nasdaq Composite added 15.326 points or 0.41 percent, to 3,721.509.
* Obama to hold separate meetings with Senate Democrats and Republicans on Tuesday ahead of a nationally televised address at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT Wednesday) (Compiled by David Brunnstrom in Washington)