Top news: Syrian rebel groups began negotiations in Doha over forming a united political front. The talks come shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the Syrian National Council has outlived its usefulness and should be integrated into a larger umbrella opposition group which would allow greater coordination between fighters in Syria, exile groups, and the opposition's foreign backers.
The SNC, which has been frequently consumed by infighting over the course of the campaign against Bashar al-Assad's government, is attempting to reform itself to become more exclusive in order to head off a challenge from the new U.S.-backed coalition, the Syrian National Initiative. Expectations that the meeting will end in a successful resolution are low.
Meanwhile, back in Syria, a massive bombing hit near an Army compound in Damascus. Opposition activists say the bombing was likely the work of the Ahfad al-Rasoul Brigade, an Islamist militant group. Rebels also captured an oil field in Eastern Syria on Sunday.
Opposition groups say government forces killed 179 people on Sunday, including 20 children, mostly by shelling the suburbs of Damascus.
U.S. election: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are crisscrossing the country today on the final day of campaigning, with polls showing a tight race.
- Five bombs exploded in the Bahraini capital, Manama.
- The Coptic Church has chosen a new pope.
- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has set of controversy by suggesting he is willing to give up the "right of return".
- G-20 finance ministers are meeting in Mexico City.
- Haiti is bracing for a food crisis in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
- Cuba accused the United States of supporting Cuban dissidents online.
- Anti-Muslim violence is spreading in Western Myanmar.
- Laos approved a plan to build a massive dam on the lower Mekong River.
- The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of massacring 16 civilians in Southern Afghanistan last spring is appearing in court today.
- Hundreds of Ukrainians protested against alleged voter fraud in Kiev.
- A computer technician has gone on trial for helping the Pope's butler steal documents.
- Thousands of Russian nationalists marched against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
- Rwandan troops killed a DR Congo soldier who had crossed the border between the two countries.
- South Sudan expelled a U.N. human rights investigator.
- A grenade attack on a church killed a police officer and injured 11 people in Eastern Kenya.
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