AFRICA: Ennahda, Tunisia’s governing Islamist party, rejected the call by PM Jebali’s call to create a non-partisan technocratic government.
AMERICAS: Peruvian officials arrested a top Colombian gang member and drug trafficker outside of Lima after having entered the country with a fake passport.
ASIA: The Chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea it it continued to prepare for a nuclear test.
EUROPE: The Irish government dissolved one of the country’s “bad banks” to pave the way for a new debt repayment deal with the European Central Bank.
MIDDLE EAST: A Yemeni weapons depot at a military encampment in the northwest province of Hajjah exploded, killing a least 10 civilians and injuring several others.
TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Reserve acknowledged that its computer system had been hacked by the Anonymous hacker group.
Iran: Supreme Leader Khamenei rejected an American offer for negotiations; President Ahmadinejad had expressed optimism for negotiations; Officials said other issues aside from the nuclear program were negotiable.
Khamenei claimed talks could not take place while imposing unilateral and international sanctions on Iran.
Earlier, President Ahmadinejad and FM Salehi expressed cautious optimism for direct negotiations with the US.
Iranian officials said while they would not give up their right to a nuclear program, they were willing to discuss concessions on other issues.
Democratic Republic of Congo: The government and the M23 rebels recommitted to the implementation of the 2009 Peace Accord. (AP)
Nigeria: The JTF killed two gunmen in a market in the northwestern city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram. (Xinhua)
Senegal: The government announced it would reestablish diplomatic ties with Iran, which were severed after it accused Iran of supplying weapons to a separatist rebel group. (AFP)
Tunisia: Ennahda, the governing Islamist party, rejected the call by PM Jebali’s call to create a non-partisan technocratic government. (BBC)
Colombia: The FARC called for the decriminalization of cultivating marijuana, coca leaves, and poppy. (AFP)
Mexico: Nine police officers were killed in an ambush in the violence-ridden southwestern state of Guerrero. (AFP)
Peru: Officials arrested a top Colombian gang member and drug trafficker outside of Lima after having entered the country with a fake passport. (AP)
United States: In a reversal of policy, President Obama will allow members of Congress to see legal documents on the legal justification of drone strikes. (AFP)
Region: ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh said a legally binding code of conduct to reduce tension over territorial disputes in the South China Sea would facilitate efforts by ASEAN and China to strengthen ties. (Kyodo)
Japan: PM Abe said he would like to find a mutually beneficial solution to the territorial dispute with Russia and to sign a long-delayed peace treaty. (AFP)
Korea, South: The Chairman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if it continued to prepare for a nuclear test. (UPI)
Malaysia: Police say they arrested three people suspected of recruiting militants for terrorist activities. (AP)
Myanmar: The government will grant amnesty to the rest of the country’s political prisoners and “prisoners of conscience.” (Xinhua)
Pakistan: ISAF Commander Allen met with the Chief of Army Staff General Kayani and discussed matters to “improve security in the region.” (Xinhua)
Philippines: President Aquino announced he will visit Mindanao, a stronghold of the MILF rebel movement, in the first bid for peace since the beginning of the insurgency. (AFP)
Greece: EU statisticians defended the head of the country’s data collection service who is accused of deliberately overstating the 2009 deficit figures. (AFP)
Ireland: The government dissolved one of the country’s “bad banks” to pave the way for a new debt repayment deal with the European Central Bank. (AP)
Russia: State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Russia’s possible response to missile defense in Europe is “not our choice”, but Russia “cannot sit around.” (Itar-Tass)
Russia: The UAE expedited a Tajik citizen to the country to stand trial in connection with the seizure of 40 kilograms of heroin by St. Petersburg police. (Itar-Tass)
Bahrain: The opposition said an agreement on the mechanism of a planned national dialogue should be agreed before the start of the talks aimed at ending the kingdom’s political deadlock. (AFP)
Palestinian Territories: Jibril Rajoub, a prominent West Bank official, called on President Obama to use his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to restart peace talks. (AP)
Syria: Government forces repelled a large-scale rebel offensive on Damascus, while fighting continued in a number of the city’s suburbs. (Xinhua)
Yemen: A weapons depot at a military encampment in the northwest province of Hajjah exploded, killing at least 10 civilians and injuring several others. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: The Federal Reserve acknowledged its computer system had been hacked by the Anonymous hacker group. (AFP)