AFRICA: Regional African leaders signed a deal aimed at pacifying the troubled east of the DR Congo.
AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos threatened to abandon bilateral talks with the FARC.
ASIA: Three separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit outlying provinces and a shootout occurred between security forces and a would-be attacker in Kabul.
EUROPE: Polls opened in Italy for the country’s general election.
MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu’s envoy made “an unequivocal demand” to the Palestinian Authority to quell a wave of protests in the West Bank.
TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration is considering whether to use economic sanctions to retaliate against China for allegedly hacking into and spying on US companies.
Syria: International community responds to failing peace talks amid violence
The UK urged Syria’s umbrella opposition to reconsider pulling out of international meetings on the crisis.
Germany’s Defense Minister said Patriot missile batteries close to the Syria-Turkey border delivered a “clear warning” to Damascus.
Jordan will continue to receive Syrian refugees and is planning to build a third refugee camp.
Arab and rebel officials said a surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army.
Turkish PM Erdogan said that his country will “not remain silent” over Syrian President Assad’s “crimes” against his own people.