More bad news for the Libyan regime following reports that the regime's interior minister, Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah and nine members of his family have flown into Cairo on their private plane raising suspicions as to what appears to be the highest-level defection from Muammar Al Qathafi's regime in months.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday appealed for Arab financial support to help the Palestinians deal with "pressures and threats" from Israel and its allies which he said were a risk to his plan to seek UN approval for statehood in September.
United Nations special envoy to Libya, Abdel Elah al-Khatib searching for a way to end the six-month long conflict in Libya, Monday arrived in neighbouring Tunisia for talks, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry has said.
A day after activists said gunboats joined an assault that killed as many as 26 people in Latakia city, the first attack from the sea since Syria's anti-regime revolt erupted on March 15, on Monday, Syrian troops backed by tanks clamped down on the province of Homs, carrying out raids and arrests under the cover of heavy gunfire.
Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities on Monday morning, killing 56 people - most of them in the southern city of Kut - in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.
About 2 000 migrants from north Africa have arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa this weekend, with about 100 women and 40 children including three babies among those who reached the Mediterranean island between Saturday morning and Sunday morning on a dozen boats.
Judge Ahmed Refaat trying Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters wrapped up Monday's session and said the court would reconvene on September 5 to begin hearing evidence in the case.
Libya's rebels fighting to oust the Libyan leader, Muammar Al Qathafi from power said that their recent successes were achieved not without pain. They said they suffered many casualties. On Sunday as they advanced on the regime forces that were still resisting in the western port of Zawiyah, the rebels said they were at the wrong end of a NATO "friendly fire" air strike in which they lost a tank and four fighters.