Top news: A series of bombings in Shi'ite neighborhoods in and around Baghdad left at least 50 people dead on Tuesday, which marks the 10th anniversary of the United States invasion of Iraq. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni insurgents linked to al Qaeda have ramped up their campaign against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government in recent weeks, killing 30 people in an attack on the Justice Ministry as recently as March 14.
Overall, the level of violence in Iraq has declined from its peak in 2006-2007, but the insurgency continues to claim roughly 300 lives per month, according to the BBC. Because of the fragile security situation, the government announced Tuesday that it will postpone provincial elections in the Anbar and Nineveh provinces for up to six months. The elections were set to begin on April 20.
Cyprus bailout: Cyprus's government proposed Tuesday to exempt savings under 20,000 euros from a planned 6.7 percent levy on bank deposits under 100,000 euros, but the parliament is still expected to vote down the measure. The EU has said it will withhold bailout funds until Cyprus accepts a tax on depositors.
- The opposition Syrian National Coalition elected Ghassan Hitto, a U.S. citizen, as its provisional prime minister in a vote in Istanbul on Tuesday.
- A Syrian state news agency on Tuesday accused rebel forces of firing a chemical weapon in the northern province of Aleppo, a charge that rebels quickly denied.
- U.S. President Barack Obama sent a video message to the leaders and people of Iran marking the Persian Nowruz, or new year, and expressing willingness to resolve the nuclear standoff "peacefully" and "diplomatically."
- Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese rebel leader wanted for war crimes, turned himself in to the American embassy in Rwanda on Monday and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court.
- Lawyers representing Uhuru Kenyatta argued on Monday that the charges against the Kenyan president-elect should be dropped because they are based on hearsay.
- A series of explosions at a bus station in northern Nigeria killed at least 20 people.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is scheduled to meet
with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday as part of his first major trip
abroad as secretary.
Pakistani authorities arrested Qari Abdul Hai, a former leader of the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in connection with the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
- The DMK party withdrew from India's coalition government on Tuesday after it failed to condemn alleged atrocities committed by Sri Lanka against minority Tamils.
- Landslides caused by heavy rain killed at least 16 people in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro.
- The trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity is set to begin Tuesday.
- Pope Francis did not apologize or offer financial restitution to those who were molested by clergy under his watch as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
- Pope Francis called on world leaders to serve "the poorest, the weakest" in his inaugural mass on Tuesday in Rome.
- British newspapers on Tuesday pushed back against a new press code agreed to by lawmakers in the wake of the country's phone hacking scandal.
- Russia closed its investigation into the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky after finding that no crimes were committed during his arrest or imprisonment.