Top News: The raid on Saturday in Tripoli that captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, better known by his al Qaeda alias, Abu Anas al-Libi, is generating controversy in Libya. Jihadists took to the Internet to threaten retaliatory kidnappings and attacks and the Libyan government called the raid a "kidnapping of a Libyan citizen," though U.S. officials claimed in private that the Libyan government consented to the plan beforehand. On Foreign Policy's Transitions blog, Libyan political analyst Mohamed Eljarh suggests that the raid and mixed messages from Tripoli and Washington could undermine the already weak Libyan government.
Al-Libi is currently being held aboard the USS San Antonio and speculation is shifting to what will happen to him now. An unnamed U.S. official told the New York Times that al-Libi's detention would be modeled on that of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, an al-Shabab commander captured in 2011. After Warsame was seized, he was held at sea and interrogated for two months before being read his rights and turned over to the FBI. He eventually pleaded guilty to terrorism charges at a court in New York. Al-Libi was indicted in 2000 for his role in the 1998 African embassy bombings in New York, but conservative lawmakers are pressuring the White House to swiftly transfer al-Libi to Guantanamo Bay and to try him in a military tribunal instead of a civilian court.
Trade: The latest round of trade negotiations in the Doha round of World Trade Organization talks ended in stalemate today. Leaders had hoped the meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum could make progress on trade initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership championed by the Obama administration in advance of a meeting in Bali in December, but the meetings ended with a statement that said the talks had reached an "impasse" and that the Doha round is at risk of collapse.
- Secretary of State John Kerry appears to have rebuffed Iran's request to bring new proposals to nuclear negotiations next week, signaling that the U.S. proposal from February would be the United States' starting point for working toward an agreement.
- China's vice finance minister cautioned the United States to pass legislation to raise the debt limit, lest it default on its loans (many of have been borrowed from China) and affect the global economy.
- The Brazilian government summoned the Canadian ambassador for a formal rebuke of Canada's role in surveillance efforts directed at Brazil revealed by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
- Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the head of Pakistan's army, announced that he will retire in November.
- The Pakistani Taliban has issued a new death threat against Malala Yousafazai, the 16-year-old girls' education advocate shot in the head in a year ago by Taliban gunmen.
- The Maldives' supreme court tossed out the results of the country's September presidential election after charges of electoral fraud; new elections will take place on October 20.
- A drive-by shooting killed six soldiers and a car bomb killed four others on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after clashes between protesters and government forces this weekend.
- Thousands of Orthodox Jews gathered in Jerusalem for the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the leader of Judaism's Sephardic sect, who died Monday at the age of 93.
- After fierce clashes with rebel groups, Syrian government forces have retaken a critical supply route connecting government-controlled areas to the city of Aleppo.
- Al-Shabab deployed additional fighters to the Somali town of Barawe after an unsuccessful U.S. raid attempted to seize a Shabab leader from a compound there on Saturday.
- The U.N. Security Council is considering a resolution to reinforce peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic and assure a swift political transition.
- U.N.-mediated reconciliation talks in Guinea broke down on Monday with the opposition saying they would indefinitely suspend their participation in negotiations.
- After six years of economic turmoil and austerity measures, the Greek government has produced a budget that projects economic growth.
- Accusations that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy illegally solicited secret campaign negotiations have been dropped, clearing the way for Sarkozy to run for office again.
- Romanian Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea has been charged with fraud for his accused role in efforts to rig the country's presidential elections last year.