Top news: Syrians are reporting air raids by military jets outside Damascus while Syrian state television is reporting a deadly car bomb in the capital -- on the fourth day of a nominal ceasefire arranged by U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based opposition group, estimates that 420 people have been killed in Syria since Friday, when the truce came into effect to coincide with the holiday of Eid al-Adha.
"I am terribly sorry ... that this appeal has not been heard to the level we hoped it would, but that will not discourage us," Brahimi told reporters after talks with Russia's foreign minister in Moscow. The envoy, who will travel to China next, added that there are no plans at the moment to send peacekeepers to Syria.
Also on Monday, the Turkish military returned fire after a shell from Syria landed in the Turkish village of Besaslan. No injuries were reported.
Ukraine: Preliminary results from Ukraine's parliamentary elections on Sunday suggest that President Viktor Yanukovych's governing Party of Regions has emerged victorious with more than 36 percent of the vote, while the party of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has secured just over 21 percent. The Communist Party appears to have come in third, with a party led by a boxing champion and an ultra-nationalist party also making significant gains.
- Indonesian police arrested 11 people who were allegedly plotting attacks on U.S. targets in the country.
- India's governing United Progressive Alliance announced a cabinet reshuffle.
- Chinese officials abandoned plans to build a petrochemical plant in the city of Ningbo after three days of protests.
- A Greek newspaper reprinted a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts after Greek police arrested the magazine editor who initially published the names.
- Opposition parties in Lithuania are working to form a new government after winning an election.
- British police arrested rock star Paul Gadd in connection with the sexual abuse scandal involving television host Jimmy Savile.
- The Israeli military struck targets in the Gaza Strip after militants in Gaza fired rockets and mortars into southern Israel.
- During a visit to Algiers, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Algeria to support a military intervention in northern Mali.
- A wave of attacks in Iraq during the holiday of Eid al-Adha killed at least 30 people.
- A suicide bombing at a church in northern Nigeria killed at least seven people.
- South African President Jacob Zuma withdrew a lawsuit over a critical cartoon in a local newspaper.
- Security forces in Guinea-Bissau arrested a soldier who was allegedly behind a failed coup attempt.
- Panama's National Assembly repealed a law permitting the sale of state-owned land in the Colon region after violent protests.
- Only 40 percent of registered voters turned out for the first elections in Chile since voting became voluntary.
- Fernando Haddad, a member of Brazil's governing Workers' Party, was elected mayor of Sao Paulo.
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