Top news: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Syrian rebels that they could be prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity after a series of videos showing mass executions appeared on the Internet. "Opposition forces should be under no illusion that they will be immune from prosecution," she said on Monday, urging both sides to adhere to the "fundamental norms of international law."
Meanwhile, officials from Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran met in Cairo on Monday to talk about a solution to the Syrian crisis. According to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the talks are aimed at stopping the violence, retaining the territorial unity of Syria, preventing foreign military intervention, and finding a political solution that would accommodate Syria's "aspirations for democracy, freedom and dignity." Analysts remain skeptical that the quartet will agree on anything since Iran is a major patron of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the other three countries have called for him to step aside.
Yemen: Yemeni officials announced that Said al-Shihri, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's second-in-command, was killed southern Yemen. Local reports said that Yemeni troops were responsible for the strike, which left al-Shihri and six others dead, but most analysts believe that it was carried out by a U.S. drone.
- Somali MPs elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country's new president.
- Fighting between tribes in Kenya's coastal region left 38 dead on Monday.
- Islamist militants cut the hands and feet off five suspected robbers in northern Mali.
- Qaddafi-era officials who facilitated the compensation of the Lockerbie families went on trial Monday in Libya for wasting public funds.
- The trial of 44 pro-Kurdish journalists got underway Monday in Turkey.
- President Obama will nominate Robert Stephen Beecroft to be the next ambassador to Iraq.
- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has not been seen in more than a week, fueling speculation about his whereabouts.
- The Japanese government announced that it plans to purchase three disputed islands in the East China Sea from private Japanese owners, angering Chinese officials.
- Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Ghazi Group, a previously unknown militant organization, claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 14 people in northwest Pakistan.
- Police clashed with workers from aluminum-maker Alcoa over the closure of the company's Sardinian factory.
- Spain's Prime Minister announced that he will not accept conditions on a bailout, though no decision has been made to request one.
- French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that France is considering partnerships with several countries to build drones, walking back previous plans to partner with Britain.
- Mexican police found 16 bodies in a vehicle in the southwestern state of Guerrero.
- The Organization of American States said in a statement that Venezuela has pulled out of the American Convention on Human Rights.
- The governor of Buenos Aires province in Argentina declared an agricultural emergency after torrential rains flooded 8.6 million acres of farmland outside the capital.