Top news: Syrian rebels clashed with government forces in the country's commercial hub, Aleppo, amid reports that the rebels were running out of ammunition. At least 33 have been killed on Tuesday, including nine in a quashed prison revolt in Aleppo. Meanwhile, Syrian state television claims that much of Damascus is back in government hands.
The fighting occurs against the backdrop of increasing Western concern over Syria's chemical weapons stockpile -- believed to be the largest in the Middle East -- which Syrian officials have threatened to use in the event of foreign intervention. President Bashar al-Assad's Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said in a televised statement that unconventional weapons would "never be used against the Syrian people," but might be used "in the event of external aggression."
United Kingdom: Eight members of the News of the World staff, including David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Caulson, will face charges in Britain's phone-hacking scandal. The charges stem from illegally accessed phone messages that forced the paper to close in July 2011.
- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy tapped Hesham Kandil as his new prime minister and asked him to form a new cabinet.
- A pair of attacks overnight in Baghdad and Baquba brought the total death toll to 116 after a string of coordinated attacks rocked Iraq yesterday.
- An Israeli veteran is in serious condition after setting himself ablaze in what is the second self-immolation in recent weeks.
- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak apologized for corruption scandals implicating his family and political allies.
- A typhoon struck Hong Kong, leaving dozens injured and prompting a temporary suspension of trading on the stock exchange.
- Scores of artillery attacks launched from Pakistan into Afghanistan raised tension between the two countries.
- Moody’s changed its outlook for Germany’s AAA credit rating to negative due to possible Greek exit.
- The European Union strengthened sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- The former head of the Anglo Irish Bank was arrested over alleged financial wrongdoing.
- A new WHO study showed signs of increased resistance to antiretroviral AIDs medications in Africa.
- Heavy flooding in Nigeria’s central Plateau state left at least 35 dead and some 200 homes damaged or destroyed.
- South Sudan offered additional concessions in its standoff with Khartoum over oil transit fees, but no agreement was reached.
- The family of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, who died Sunday in a car crash, claims the killing was intentional.
- The Cuban National Assembly met to discuss economic reforms and a new tax system.
- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala reshuffled his cabinet as he faces increasing pressure in his first year in office.