Top news: The Syrian opposition is reporting that rebel fighters captured a military air base outside Damascus on Sunday and a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River on Monday, in what the New York Times is calling a "monthlong string of tactical successes" that illustrate the rebels' "ability to erode the government's dominance in the face of withering aerial attacks."
Activists claim that the Syrian military unleashed one such aerial attack on Sunday, dropping a cluster bomb on a playground in a village east of Damascus that killed 10 children. The Syrian government has denied using cluster bombs in the past.
Meanwhile, the violence in Syria has once again spilled over into Turkey, as Turkish and NATO officials explore where to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey's border with Syria. The Turkish military says the missile system is for "defensive purposes" rather than a no-fly zone.
Egypt: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy is meeting with top judges in an effort to defuse a political crisis that erupted after he assumed new and expansive powers by decree.
- Thousands of people protested in Bangladesh's capital after more than 100 people died in a fire at a garment factory.
- A bombing by the Taliban at a Shiite religious procession in northwestern Pakistan left at least six people dead.
- The Chinese military landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier.
- Separatist parties won elections in Spain's Catalonia region, though the main separatist party lost seats.
- Eurozone finance ministers are engaged in a third attempt to unlock emergency aid for Greece.
- A British regulator fined the Swiss bank UBS $47.5 million for failing to stop a rogue trader from losing $2.3 billion.
- Gunmen attacked a police base in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.
- The advancing M23 rebels have reportedly sent their leader to Uganda for talks with the Congolese government.
- Two suicide bombings at a church inside a Nigerian military base killed at least 11 people.
- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that he is leaving politics ahead of elections in Israel.
- Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Doha, Qatar for a new round of U.N. climate talks.
- Talks are resuming in Cairo, Egypt regarding the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff dismissed several top officials facing corruption allegations.
- Mexican officials discovered 19 bodies in the northern border state of Chihuahua.
- Members of Colombia's FARC rebel group said they carried out an attack after their leaders declared a ceasefire because they had not heard about the truce.
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