Sept 11 (Reuters) - Here is a snapshot of Reuters news about the crisis in Syria:
* Syrian government forces have massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes in widespread attacks to recapture territory in recent months, U.N. human rights investigators say.
* Russia has given the United States its plan for placing Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under international control and intends to discuss it on Thursday in Geneva, according to the Interfax news agency, citing a Russian source.
* If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament missions said.
* France said it remained determined to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over what it calls his use of chemical weapons if diplomacy fails, and a military strike was still possible.
* U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to explore a diplomatic plan from Russia to take away Syria's chemical weapons, but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.
* An initial French draft of a U.N. Security Council resolution would demand that Syria make a complete declaration of its chemical weapons program within 15 days and immediately open all related sites to U.N. inspectors or face possible punitive measures, Reuters has learned.
"If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons ... As the ban against these weapons erodes, other tyrants will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gas and using them." - U.S. President Barack Obama
"(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.
* U.S. stocks were mostly lower, as a slide in Apple weighed on the technology sector, while the dollar rose to a near seven-week peak against the yen and oil prices were slightly higher as tensions over Syria eased.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 87.23 points or 0.57 percent, at 15,277.60, the S&P 500 was up 1.71 points or 0.11 percent, to 1,685.79, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 6.770 points or 0.18 percent, to 3,722.415.
(Compiled by David Brunnstrom in Washington)