* Middle East: Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly backed negotiations on the borders of a future Palestinian state.
* Syria: Western powers are increasing the pressure on the Syrian government in response to a deadly crackdown against political protesters.
* Africa: The U.N.’s chief of humanitarian relief warned that more African countries could be hit hard by a famine that originated in Somalia.
* U.S.: Congress is racing against the clock in order to avoid what would be an embarrassing government default on payments.
Image – AP via The Telegraph (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials reacted angrily last May towards U.S. President Barack Obama’s suggestion of negotiations over a Palestinian border).
Online Sources- ABC News, NPR, Sydney Morning Herald, Bloomberg