Top News: In a marked reversal, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Community and previously a stalwart defender of the NSA's activities, ordered a review of the NSA's programs after news broke last week that the United States was monitoring Chancellor Angela Merkel's electronic communications. In a statement on Monday, Feinstein said she was "completely opposed" to intelligence gathering against allied leaders. The White House is reportedly discussing plans with members of Congress to sharply curtail the NSA's spying on foreign heads of state.
"We're really screwed now," an NSA official told Foreign Policy. "You know things are bad when the few friends you've got disappear without a trace in the dead of night and leave no forwarding address." A former congressional aide questioned whether Feinstein knew about the surveillance already, noting the "bottom line question is where was the Senate Intelligence Committee when it came to their oversight of these programs? And what were they being told by the NSA, because if they didn't know about this surveillance, that would imply they were being lied to."
NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will testify in the House of Representatives today in a previously scheduled hearing.
China: A car bomb exploded in Tiananmen Square, killing five, wounding 38, and prompting severe censorship online to prevent the news of the attack from spreading. Chinese authorities said they're looking for more information about two men from the country's western Xinjiang province, which has a history of unrest.
- The death of a 17-year-old in a police shooting this weekend led to riots in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the arrest of at least 90 people.
- A Chilean man was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of a gay man last year, which prompted the country to establish new hate crime laws.
- Brazil announced a plan to produce and export a new measles and rubella vaccine for impoverished nations.
- Australia declared an end to its combat mission in Afghanistan, though 400 Australian troops will remain in the country next year in non-combat roles.
- The former prime minister and deputy prime minister of Thailand will face trial for the deaths of protesters killed in a 2010 crackdown on a large street protest.
- A series of explosions killed six people at a political rally in India; officials say they believe an organization called Indian Mujahideen was behind the attack.
- The Syrian Electronic Army briefly hacked President Obama's Twitter and Facebook accounts, posting messages with links to a YouTube video titled "Syria facing terrrorism".
- U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with officials in Damascus to try to bring the parties in Syria's civil war to negotiations starting next month.
- A fireworks display at a wedding near the U.S. embassy in Yemen prompted inaccurate reports that the compound was under attack.
- Mike du Toit, who was a leader of the Boeremag, which attempted to assassinate Nelson Mandela, was convicted of treason and sentenced to 35 years in prison after a 10-year trial.
- The International Criminal Court rejected former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo's appeal to be released from pre-trial detention; he has been held at the Hague awaiting trial since 2011.
- Two Kenyan soldiers have been discharged from the army and arrested to face charges of looting during the raid to retake the Westgate shopping mall from al-Shabab militants last month.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a new threat to bring legal action against news organizations publishing the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
- A severe storm in northern Europe, the worst since 2002, has killed 13 people across Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
- Tadeusz Mazowiecki, whose election as prime minister of Poland in 1989 signaled the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, died at the age of 86.