Top news: Syrian artillery forces continued to pound the area around the northern city of Douma, which had reportedly been overrun by pro-Assad militiamen. The Syrian opposition reports that at least 11 people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed in the assault.
Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria, said the observers could not continue their work amid the "unprecedented" levels of violence in the country and called for the mission to be restructured. The U.N. Security council is due to make a decision on the future of the mission.
At a meeting in Cairo, Syrian opposition groups agreed on a plan for a transition, should the Assad government fall, but failed to agree on a unified body to represent them in international negotiations.
In an interview with a Turkish newspaper, Assad said the opposition had failed to create a peaceful movement like those in Egypt and Tunisia and was instead engaged in "assassinations, bombing state institutions, massacres targeting civilians and kidnappings." He blamed the U.S. and Turkish governments for supporting the violence.
Relations between the two countries have continued to deteriorate with another senior Syrian general fleeing to Turkey this week. The bodies of the crew of the Turkish jet downed by Syrian forces two weeks ago have now been recovered.
War in Afghanistan: NATO supply trucks have begun crossing the Pakistan-Afghanistan again border after seven months.
- The Palestinian Authority may exhume the body of Yasser Arafat after an Al Jazeera special alleged that he may have been poisoned.
- The Emir of Kuwait has asked the country's outgoing prime minister to form a government.
- Eight people were killed in a car bombing in Central Iraq.
- A Japanese government commission has concluded that the Fukushima meltdown was a preventable disaster.
- China vowed to strike with an "iron fist" at separatist forces in Xinjiang.
- A local police group in northwest Afghanistan has surrendered to the Taliban.
- Barclay's CEO Robert Diamond has resigned over the bank's rate-fixing scandal.
- The French government announced a major tax increase on the wealthy.
- The chairman of Ukraine's parliament resigned over a bill that would allow local governments to make Russian an official language.
- A partial recount has been ordered for Mexico's presidential election.
- The regional bloc CARICOM is meeting amidst an escalating trade war between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
- A state of emergency has been declared in parts of Northern Peru after police clashed with demonstrators against a proposed gold-mining project.
- The U.S. has accused Tanzania of reflagging Iranian oil tankers.
- Save the Children warns that Somalia may be facing a new hunger crisis.
- The party of new Senegalese President Macky Sall won a huge majority in legislative elections.