**Obama Pushes for Congressional Support of Syria Strike**
U.S. President Barack Obama will again make the case for military action in Syria when he speaks with key lawmakers.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet with prominent Senator John McCain at the White House Monday. McCain has long urged the president to take forceful action against Syria, possibly even removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
But many U.S. lawmakers remain skeptical, questioning whether the military should be involved at all.
U.S. officials Sunday briefed some lawmakers on intelligence showing the Syrian military dropped poison gas on civilians outside Damascus last month, killing more than 1,000 people.
International support for military intervention in Syria, despite evidence of a possible chemical weapons attack, has been waning. But NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday something must be done.
Russia, a long-time Syrian ally, questioned Monday the credibility of U.S. evidence the Assad government used chemical weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also cautioned that any military strike will only make it more difficult to find a political solution.
The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons and says the rebels have used poison gas against Syrian troops.
**Japanese Government to Release Radioactive Water from Fukushima into the Sea**
The head of Japan's nuclear regulatory agency says it is possible that radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant will have to be released into the sea.
Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka told reporters Monday the toxic water would be filtered to bring the radiation levels below internationally accepted limits before it is discharged into the sea.
Engineers have been struggling to store water used to cool the plant's nuclear reactors, which sustained a meltdown after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Officials with Tokyo Electric Power Company, Fukushima's operator, announced Sunday that a pipe connecting two other tanks is leaking contaminated water.
Officials announced the day before that it had detected a potentially fatal level of 1,800 millisieverts per hour at one of the holding tanks.
Japanese government officials have suggested they will announce a set of measures this week aimed at resolving the crisis.