Top story: Iran has test-fired a medium-range missile capable of hitting Israel in response to threats of military action against it. The announcement of the test, which took place last Sunday, came as a new round of EU oil sanctions went into effect. The "Great Prophet 7" missile exercise included a test of the Shahab-3, with a range of 1,300 kilometers, as well as the shorter range Shahab-1 and Shahab-2.
"The message of the ... missile maneuvers is that our country with full force is ready to provide security in the Persian gulf region and security for the transit of oil cargo," said a foreign ministry spokesman.
The New York Times reports that the U.S. military has been quietly moving significant reinforcement to the Persian Gulf region to counter a possible Iranian shutdown of the Strait of Hormuz.
Science: Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland say they have nearly identified the elusive Higgs Boson, the so-called "God particle" that would help explain why matter has mass.
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apologized for his forces shooting down a Turkish plane.
- Republican candidate Mitt Romney may visit Israel this summer.
- A bomb killed at least 25 people at a Shiite mosque near Karbala, Iraq.
- Japanese power-broker Ichiro Ozawa left Japan's ruling party but failed to unseat Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Southern Kuriles, an island chain claimed by Japan.
- About 20 political prisoners have been freed in Myanmar.
- Eurozone unemployment has hit a record high of 11.1 percent.
- Barclay's Chairman Marcus Agius has resigned over the bank's interest rate manipulation scandal.
- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency resigned over his handling of the investigation of a neo-Nazi group.
- Islamist militants continued the destruction of historic religious sites in Timbuktu.
- Nigeria signed a $4.5 billion deal with a U.S. company to develop six oil refineries.
- Zimbabwe's government has given foreign-owned banks a one-year deadline to cede a 51 percent ownership stake to black Zimbabweans.
- Second-place candidate Manuel Lopez Obrador is refusing to concede Mexico's presidential election.
- Student protests in Guatemala City turned violent.
- Venezuelan detained a doctor in the presidential palace on suspicion of leaking classified information.