AFRICA: The US was reported to be expanding its covert intelligence operations network throughout Africa.
AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez stated the country was manufacturing unmanned surveillance drones for its military
ASIA: Afghanistan hosted a one-day meeting of 15 of the country’s neighbors and regional partners in Kabul to discuss cooperation the country’s instability.
EUROPE: German police raided dozens of locations across the country in a crackdown on Salafi Islamists
MIDDLE EAST: Iranian and Saudi representatives to OPEC stated they had reached an agreement to maintain present oil production levels.
TECHNOLOGY: ICANN revealed the applications and applicants for new top-level domains.
Syria: Evidence of war crimes mounts, international community deadlocked
Amnesty International accused the government of organized attacks on the civilian population in a report.
China expressed opposition to a French proposal to allow the UN to directly enforce Kofi Annan’s peace plan with a no-fly zone, additional sanctions, and other measures.
US officials elaborated on Secretary Clinton’s accusation that Russia was sending attack helicopters to Syria, stating the shipments might be of older helicopters repaired or refurbished rather than new.
Region: The US was reported to be expanding its covert intelligence operations network throughout Africa. (WaPo)
Egypt: The government established martial law ahead of a court ruling on Thursday that could delay upcoming presidential elections. (NYT)
Guinea Bissau: The UN and AU issued a joint statement calling for coup leaders in the country to give up power.(Reuters)
Libya: State news reported tribal clashes in the western part of the country killed at least 15. (AP)
Libya: NATO called for the government to release ICC delegates who had been detained in Zintan. (Reuters)
Argentina: President Kirchner today leads an Argentine task force to UN headquarters to reopen diplomatic hostilities with Britain with regards to the Falkland Islands. (AFP)
Mexico: President Calderon claimed drug violence was declining and that the country was making progress against drug cartels. (WSJ)
Mexico: Police arrested 52 suspected Zetas cartel employees in Nuevo Leon. (EFE)
Venezuela: President Chavez stated the country was manufacturing unmanned surveillance drones for its military. (AP)
Afghanistan: A one-day meeting of 15 of the country’s neighbors and regional partners was held in Kabul to discuss cooperative measures for the country’s instability. (AP)
Afghanistan: A bombing in northern Afghanistan injured 11. (Xinhua)
Indonesia: The death of an independence activist sparked riots in Papua. (Reuters)
Myanmar: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a trip to Europe. (NYT)
Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least three suspected militants in North Waziristan. (AFP)
Region: German and Italian officials warned US lawmakers that their plans to cut off funding for a ground-based NATO missile defense program built by Lockheed Martin Corp would endanger US ties with their countries. (Reuters)
Region: German Chancellor Merkel called for international cooperation in preventing a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, stating it would be the primary topic at the upcoming G-20 summit. (WSJ)
France: Authorities disrupted a counterfeiting ring, reportedly the largest in the country’s history. (AFP)
Germany: Police raided dozens of locations across the country in a crackdown on Salafi Islamists. (Reuters)
Kosovo: The EU mission in Kosovo said its prosecutors launched an investigation into one of the worst atrocities of the 1998-1999 war. (AFP)
Region: Iranian and Saudi representatives to OPEC stated they had reached an agreement to maintain present oil production levels ahead of a meeting scheduled for Thursday. (WSJ)
Israel:Fifty international aid groups and UN agencies issued a joint appeal calling on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
Yemen: Airstrikes and clashes with government forces killed at least 17 al Qaeda linked militants in the southern part of the country. (AP)
Yemen: Al Qaeda linked militants withdrew from the southern town of Shakra. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Internet: ICANN revealed the applications and applicants for new top-level domains. (TG Daily)