Top news: On Friday morning, a suicide bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killed at least one person and wounded several others. The bomber detonated at a checkpoint outside the embassy compound.
Turkey has been one of the main proponents of international intervention in Syria and hosting NATO troops who are operating a Patriot missile system along the Syrian border.
Syria: Syrian officials deliverered a letter to the United Nations claiming its right to counterattack Israel after an apparent Israeli airstrike on Syrian territory on Wednesday. Israel has kept silent about the incident in what experts believe is a tactic to allow Syria to save face and avoid further conflict. There are conflicting reports about what, exactly, was hit during the attack.
The U.N. High Council for Refugees has reached the opposition-held Azaz area of Northern Syria for the first time, where it says 45,000 people are living in makeshift camps.
U.S. politics: Secretary of State nominee Chuck Hagel faced withering criticism during his Senate confirmation hearing.
- A U.N. panel has declared Israel's settlement policy illegal.
- Iran is planning to add faster centrifuges at its Natanz uranium enrichment site.
- Opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continued to protest.
- A roadside bomb killed two more polio workers in northwest Pakistan.
- 21 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside a mosque in northwest bombing.
- A Chinese court convicted two Tibetans of urging others to self-immolate.
- A Spanish newspaper has published documents alleging a graft scandal in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's party.
- The Netherlands has nationalized the bank SNS Reaal.
- A fringe candidate in the Armenian presidential election was shot and wounded.
- An explosion at the headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company, Pemex, killed at least 25 people.
- The U.S. has put the head of Colombia's Los Rastrojos gang on its drug kingpin list.
- Clashes between Colombian soldiers at Farc rebels killed 9 ahead of a new round of talks.
- French President Francois Hollande is planning to visit Mali.
- An Amnesty International report accuses the Malian military of abuses.
- More than 100,000 people have fled fighting over a gold mine in Darfur.
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