Top news: Rebels claim to have shot down a MiG-23 jet in eastern Syria and captured the pilot, loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad. The jet, which was flying low for a bombing run, was apparently brought down with heavy machine gun fire. The Syrian government disputes the claim, saying the jet crashed as a result of "technical failures."
Meanwhile, former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab made his first public statements since defecting to Jordan last week. "Based on my experience and my position, the regime is falling apart morally, materially, economically," he said, adding that it did not control more than 30 percent of the country's territory. He further stressed that the opposition must unite in order to topple Assad.
On Monday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed to suspend Syria, further isolating Assad.
United States: Three people, including the gunman, were killed in a shooting at Texas A&M University.
- Tunisians protested constitutional changes that would negatively impact women's rights.
- The Palestinian Liberation Organization called on two-dozen countries to support the Palestinian Authority's bid for observer-status at the United Nations.
- The Pentagon said it was unsurprised by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's decision to send top generals into retirement over the weekend.
- Clashes at a South African mine left nine people dead.
- Two Ugandan helicopters sent to reinforce the African Union force in Somalia have gone missing.
- Guinea's president sacked two high-ranking officials following a round of deadly protests.
- A member of the Thai parliament accidentally shot and killed his secretary.
- China and North Korea discussed joint industrial projects.
- At least 20 militants and five soldiers were killed in a clash between militants and the Pakistani military.
- An independent report concluded that Norway police took an "unacceptable" amount of time to respond to the Anders Behring Breivik shooting on July 22, 2011.
- Russia criticized new sanctions on Iran, saying they could harm relations with the U.S. if Russian firms are affected.
- The eurozone economy shrank by 0.2 percent last quarter.
- The Olympic flag arrived in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
- Mexican authorities have arrested Juan Carlos Hernandez Pulido in connection with the killing of a journalist in May.
- By the end of the week, Ecuador is expected to say whether or not it will grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.