Top news: Lebanese and Jordanian authorities took action Monday to prevent violence from spreading to their respective countries from Syria. In Lebanon, the military deployed to Beirut and Tripoli to end sectarian fighting that left at least six dead following the death of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan in a car bomb on Friday. In Jordan, one soldier was killed in a shootout with militants attempting to cross into the country from Syria. The border violence comes immediately after Jordanian authorities broke up a terror plot involving munitions diverted from Syria.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Air Force raided a district in northern Aleppo as fighting continued across the country. The new U.N. and Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, has proposed a ceasefire for the holiday of Eid al-Adha, but neither side appears interested in ending hostilities.
Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the head of Iran's judiciary of protecting "certain individuals" from corruption charges in a letter published by the Iranian media. The public row suggests that the regime's unity may be crumbling under the weight of sanctions and deepening economic crisis, according to the New York Times.
- President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney faced off for the third and final presidential debate.
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travelled to Haiti for the launch of a $300 million industrial park.
- Doctors in Peru ended a 33-day strike after securing better wages from the government of President Ollanta Humala.
- The International Maritime Bureau reported that the number of attacks by Somali pirates fell sharply this year.
- Sudanese rebels shelled the city of South Kordofan on Tuesday, killing 10 civilians.
- Nigerian authorities arrested 15 Russian sailors on suspicion of arms smuggling.
- A Jordanian soldier was killed by militants attempting to cross into the country from Syria.
- Two Palestinian militants were killed in air strikes in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli officials.
- Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Than, the emir of Qatar, visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to inaugurate a $250 million reconstruction project.
- A hospital fire in Taiwan killed 12 people and injured more than 60.
- At least 10 Afghan forces died in a battle with the Taliban in the Herat Province.
- Japan's justice minister resigned over past ties to organized crime.
- The European Commission backed a tax on financial transactions in order to address the debt crisis.
- Police clashed with protesters in Kosovo following last week's talks aimed at improving ties between Serbia and Kosovo.
- A court in Italy sentenced six scientists and a former government official to prison for their statements prior to the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila that killed 309 people.