Top news: Sectarian violence sparked by the conflict in neighboring Syria has erupted in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, with at least eight killed and 75 wounded in clashes between Sunnis and Alawites. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on both sides to end the "absurd battle." Despite the government's efforts to disassociate Lebanon from the conflict in Syria, recent days have seen dozens of kidnappings by Shiite tribes in the country in retaliation for kidnappings by the mostly Sunni rebels in Syria.
A former Lebanese government minister allied with Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government was recently arrested on charges of planning bombings and assassinations, further raising fears that Assad's government is trying exploit Lebanon's ethnic rifts to internationalize the conflict.
Meanwhile, Assad's forces continued to shell Southern Damascus and attack it from helicopters today in what opposition groups call the heaviest bombardment this month.
Zenawi: Ethiopia's acting prime minister will remain in power until 2015 following the death of Meles Zenawi. The government has pledged to continue Zenawi's harsh policies against Islamist militants. Meles's body is currently lying in state.
- Analysts say North Korea has been making significant progress on a new nuclear reactor.
- Afghanistan's government says it is launching a new effort to monitor its own security forces in the wake of several "insider" attacks.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with anti-nuclear activists and may be moving toward a decision to eliminate nuclear power in the country.
- Israel has asked Egypt to remove its tanks from Sinai.
- Iran has unveiled several new defense projects.
- Syrian rebels say aid from the United States has been slow to arrive.
- 48 people were killed in ethnic clashes in Southern Kenya.
- Three European hostages captured in Mali urged their governments to negotiate for their release in a video.
- A farmhand was jailed for life for the killing of a prominent South African white supremacist.
- Ecuador says it is prepared to negotiate with Britain over the fate of Julian Assange.
- Cuba has sentenced 12 public officials to jail time on corruption charges.
- Experts say Mexico's largest crime group, Los Zetas, is splitting in two.
- Floods have killed four and forced 1,500 to evacuate in Southern Russia.
- Greece's prime minister has asked for more time to make spending cuts ahead of bailout talks.
- A Romanian court ruled that an impeachment bid against President Traian Basescu is invalid.