Top news: Representatives of the Syrian opposition took Syria's place at an Arab League summit in Doha on Tuesday, filling the seat for the first time since President Bashar al-Assad's government was suspended in November 2011. The decision to elevate the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces came after Qatar's emir, Hamad bin Khalifah Al Thani, appealed to other Arab leaders to make a formal invitation.
Heading the Syrian delegation, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib delivered an emotional speech in the name of 100,000 people he said had died in the conflict so far. Replacing Assad's representatives at the Arab League, he said, amounted to "part of the restoration of legitimacy" his countrymen had "long been robbed of." Al-Khatib has said he plans to step down as head of the opposition coalition because of the international community's unwillingness to arm the rebels.
Inside Syria, troops loyal to Assad reportedly seized control of the Baba Amr district of Homs, following two weeks of heavy fighting.
Central African Republic: Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia promised to name a power-sharing government in Central African Republic, following Sunday's coup that forced Francois Bozize into exile. Djotodia has since suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament.
- Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda is expected to appear before the International Criminal Court on Tuesday.
- The European Union suspended sanctions against a number of officials and companies in Zimbabwe following the country's "credible" constitutional referendum.
- Former Zambian President Rupiah Banda pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to abuse charges stemming from his time in office.
- Egyptian authorities on Monday arrested five anti-Islamist rioters on charges of inciting violence against the Muslim Brotherhood.
- Syrian rebels shelled Umayyad Square in central Damascus Monday, killing at least one person.
- Jordan closed the Jaber border crossing with Syria Monday, following two days of fighting there between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
- North Korea ordered its rocket and artillery units to be combat ready on Tuesday, targeting several U.S. bases.
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai heaped praise on the United States Monday after U.S. forces handed control of most of the prisoners in Bagram Prison to the Afghan government.
- Australia's defense minister announced Tuesday that most Australian troops will withdraw from southern Afghanistan at the end of the year, shutting down a major NATO base.
- Peru declared an environmental state of emergency on Monday in the remote Pastaza River, where the country's most productive oil fields are located.
- A mine collapse in Chile's northern Atacama region left a miner trapped roughly 1000 feet underground.
- A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the outskirts of Guatemala City on Monday, but authorities reported no damage or deaths.
- The U.S. State Department urged the European Union on Monday to follow the United States' lead and impose sanctions on North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank.
- Silvio Berlusconi's demand on Monday to be included in a coalition government with Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left Democratic Party failed to end Italy's post-election stalemate.
- All banks in Cyprus will remain closed until Thursday, despite the new bailout deal secured on Monday.