AFRICA: In Niger, twin car bombs targeted a French-owned uranium mine and military base in the north wounding a number of people.
AMERICAS: The Obama administration is set to restart the transfers of detainees from the facilities at Guantanamo Bay, renewing the drive to close the prison.
ASIA: North Korea proposed a joint celebration with the South to commemorate a landmark joint declaration to promote economic cooperation and exchange.
EUROPE: The UK’s national security chiefs met as counter-terrorism police investigated the stabbing of a soldier by two suspected Islamic extremists.
MIDDLE EAST: In Lebanon, fighting between Sunnis and Alawites in the northern town of Tripoli killed at least six and wounded at least 40, renewing fears of Syria’s conflict spilling over international borders.
TECHNOLOGY: Twitter announced that it was stepping up its security measures following a series of high-profile attacks targeting media organizations.
Syria: The opposition Syrian National Council is set to meet in Istanbul to discuss peace talks with the regime.
The group of foreign supporters threatened to increase aid to the opposition if al-Assad continued to refuse to negotiate a political transition.
A spokesman for the opposition welcomed renewed calls from western and Arab supporters for President al-Assad’s resignation as the beginning of a political transition.
The meeting comes as German intelligence released a report saying that the regime forces have gained strength, revising an earlier opinion to the contrary.