Top news: The U.S. Justice Department secretly obtained two months' worth of phone records for Associated Press journalists and editors, the AP announced on Monday. The seizures -- which covered 20 lines, including cell phones -- are most likely connected to an ongoing investigation into leaks that revealed the CIA's role in foiling an al Qaeda plot in Yemen. In a letter to the attorney general, Gary Pruitt, the president and chief executive of the Associated Press, called the Justice Department's actions a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" for which there can be "no possible justification."
"These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know," wrote Pruitt.
The White House denied having prior knowledge of the subpoenas. "We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday night.
Energy: The International Energy Agency predicted Tuesday that growth in North American oil production will outstrip that of other oil-producing regions over the next five years. The shift, which will likely come at OPEC's expense, is being driven by technological advances in areas like "fracking," as well as high energy prices.
- Israel's government on Tuesday approved a new budget that slashes spending and raises taxes.
- Egypt's parliament on Monday approved a new income tax law that will increase the rate paid by wealthy citizens and reduce the rate paid by poorer ones.
- A car bomb exploded in Benghazi on Monday, killing at least 4 people.
- Bangladesh's cabinet on Monday approved changes to the country's labor laws, which if passed by the parliament, would bring the country closer in line with international labor standards.
- A boat carrying roughly 200 Rohingya Muslims capsized off western Burma on Monday, leaving an unknown number of people missing.
- Nawaz Sharif, former Pakistani prime minister and winner of Sunday's parliamentary election, named Ishaq Dar as his new finance minister even as the final vote is still being tallied.
- Protesters demonstrated outside Kenya's parliament building after lawmakers demanded higher pay early in the legislative session.
- Tanzania on Monday released three UAE citizens and one Saudi Arabian citizen held in connection with a recent church bombing in Arusha.
- Authorities in Sierra Leone released Charles Francis Margai, a member of the opposition who had been imprisoned on charges of undermining state security.
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dispatched 3,000 troops into the streets of Caracas on Monday in an effort to crack down on crime.
- Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was rushed to the hospital Monday, after fainting on his way to a court hearing.
- A construction company in Belize bulldozed one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids in order to produce gravel for road filler.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that everything should be on the table for a possible free trade deal between the EU and United States, with "no exceptions."
- France on Monday confirmed its second case of a coronavirus belonging to the same family as SARS.
- Russia detained a U.S. Embassy official in Moscow on suspicion of trying to recruit a Russian intelligence official to work for the CIA.