Top news: Lebanese troops fanned out across Beirut on Monday in response to deadly sectarian clashes following the assassination of a top intelligence official, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, in a car bomb in the capital on Friday. Hassan, a Sunni Muslim, was a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shiite-based Alawite sect. Some opposition figures in Lebanon have blamed the attack on the Syrian government.
The violence and political instability in the country has renewed concerns about the civil war in Syria spilling over into Lebanon. In a statement on Monday, the Lebanese army promised to "take decisive measures, especially in areas with rising religious and sectarian tensions, to prevent Lebanon [from] being transformed again into a place for regional settling of scores."
Meanwhile, in Damascus, a car bomb killed 13 people on Sunday according to Syrian state media, as U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the capital. Brahimi is trying to establish a ceasefire in the country during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Iran: On Saturday, the New York Times, citing anonymous Obama administration officials, reported that Iran and the United States had "agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program" and that Iranian officials are demanding that the talks take place after the U.S. presidential election. The White House denied that a final deal had been struck but said it was open to a bilateral meeting, while the Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed the report.
- Fighting in the Libyan town of Bani Walid has killed at least 22 people in the last week.
- Jordanian authorities arrested 11 people who were allegedly plotting a series of terrorist attacks.
- Municipal elections in the West Bank produced mixed results for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party.
- Two convicted members of the Russian band Pussy Riot have reportedly been sent to prison camps.
- Spain's governing People's Party won regional elections in Galicia but lost to nationalist and separatist parties in the Basque Country.
- Russian security forces killed 49 rebels in the North Caucasus region.
- The official Cuban website Cubadebate published an article by Fidel Castro and photos of the former leader to dispel rumors about his poor health.
- FARC rebels killed five Colombian soldiers amid peace talks between the rebels and the government.
- Thousands of striking doctors in Peru announced that they will return to work.
- South Korean police prevented activists from dropping leaflets over the border with North Korea.
- A group of Chinese leftists requested that parliament not expel former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai.
- A Tibetan self-immolated near a monastery in northwestern China.
- Islamist militants reportedly launched a deadly attack on Nigerian soldiers in northeastern Nigeria.
- Argentina ordered more than 300 sailors to evacuate a ship that authorities in Ghana seized in a debt dispute.
- An attack on a military airbase in Guinea-Bissau reportedly left six people dead.
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