AFRICA: The Libyan PM-elect was dismissed from his post after failing for a second time to win parliamentary approval for a new cabinet.
AMERICAS: The Mexican navy said it captured a key regional leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel.
ASIA: Special operations forces in Afghanistan resumed training new Afghan Local Police recruits after a temporary suspension.
EUROPE: In Spain, thousands of people took to the streets in more than 50 cities on the urging of the Cumbre Social, which includes more than 150 organizations, to protest against the social cuts approved by PM Rajoy.
MIDDLE EAST: The leader of Syria’s main opposition group says some members of President Assad’s ruling Baath party can play a role in the country’s political future.
TECHNOLOGY: The majority of Americans surveyed by researchers at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology do not want information collected at all about which websites they visit.
Venezuela: Chavez wins third presidential term.
Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles congratulated President Chavez and accepted defeat.
Henrique Capriles accused President Chavez of unfairly leveraging to his advantage Venezuela’s oil wealth and his near total control of state institutions.
President Chavez won 54 percent of the vote against 45 percent for Capriles.
More than 80 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
The chairwoman of the US House foreign affairs committee accused President Chavez of tightening his grip on power through manipulation and harassment.
Ivory Coast: The government announced it would reopen its border with Ghana. (Reuters)
Libya: The PM-elect was dismissed from his post after failing for a second time to win parliamentary approval for a new cabinet. (BBC)
Mali: The main Tuareg rebel group said it was no longer seeking to carve out a sovereign homeland. (Reuters)
Nigeria: A field commander for Boko Haram was killed in a raid in the north east of the country. (DPA)
Rwanda: Amnesty International accused Rwandan military intelligence services of engaging in torture, unlawful detention and enforced disappearances of civilians. (Reuters)
Somalia: Kenyan soldiers in the AMISOM peacekeeping mission started talks with the local elders in Kismayo to establish an administration. (Xinhua)
Mexico: The country’s navy said it captured a key regional leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel. (AP)
United States: The Pentagon said the US is seeking to update its defense accords with Latin American countries, starting with Peru and Uruguay. (AFP)
United States: The Coast Guard offloaded nearly 3,000 pounds of cocaine and 1,300 pounds of marijuana in St. Petersburg, FL seized during an operation last month. (AP)
Region: The ROK’s president and Japan’s premier exchanged discussed relations amid a territorial dispute but offered no concessions. (AFP)
Afghanistan: Special operations forces in Afghanistan resumed training new Afghan Local Police recruits after a temporary suspension. (Washington Times)
Afghanistan: A report by the International Crisis Group said the Afghan government could fall apart after NATO troops pull out in 2014. (AFP)
Maldives: Police arrested the country’s first democratically-elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, a week after he failed to turn up for the start of a trial for abuse of power. (AFP)
Pakistan: Security forces blocked a convoy carrying thousands of Pakistanis and a small contingent of US anti-war activists from entering a lawless tribal region along the border with Afghanistan to protest American drone strikes. (NBC)
Philippines: US and Filipino forces began their joint annual amphibious landing exercises. (NYT)
Philippines: The secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front said it will launch operations targeting a rogue group consisting of their former comrades. (Xinhua)
Georgia: The leader of the opposition coalition Georgian Dream announced the line-up of a new government that will be submitted for consideration to the new parliament. (AP)
Greece: EU finance ministers are set to examine Greece’s budget proposals. (AP)
Greece: Unknown assailants hurled petrol bombs, setting fire to a tram but causing no injuries. (DPA)
Russia: Armed forces began antiterrorist efforts aimed at stamping out militant groups in the North Caucasus. (Interfax)
Spain: Thousands of people took to the streets in more than 50 cities on the urging of the Cumbre Social, which includes more than 150 organizations, to protest against the social cuts approved by PM Rajoy. (EFE)
Region: Syria and Turkey exchanged artillery and mortar fire for a fifth consecutive day. (AP)
Bahrain: Human Rights Watch urged King Hamad to reverse the convictions of nine medics for their involvement in last year’s anti-regime protests and order the release of those still in prison. (AFP)
Iran: An oil official said the country has successfully blocked a cyberattack on the computer network of its offshore drilling platforms. (AP)
Israel: Warplanes flew over Lebanese villages in a show of force apparently aimed at Hezbollah in the wake of an intrusion into Israeli airspace by a drone. (AP)
Kuwait: Leader Sheik Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah dissolved Parliament, a step toward ending months of political gridlock and calling the second elections this year that could again swing in favor of Islamist-led opposition groups. (AP)
Palestinian Territories: Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group announced they had fired a series of rockets at Israel a day after an Israeli airstrike that injured 10 people. (AFP)
Syria: The leader of Syria’s main opposition group said some members of President Assad’s ruling Baath party can play a role in the country’s political future. (AP)
Syria: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon made a strong appeal to halt the flow of arms into Syria and warned the crisis threatens stability in the entire region. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: The majority of Americans surveyed by researchers at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology do not want information collected about which websites they visit. (NYT)