U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the announcements of a temporary cease-fire in Syria for this weekend's Muslim holiday and is urging all countries and groups with influence to pressure all parties to stop the violence.
The Taliban's reclusive leader says insurgents will increase the number of insider attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, which have resulted in the deaths of at least 52 coalition troops so far this year.
According to a government document, two hours after the U.S. Consulate came under attack in Benghazi, Libya, the White House was told that a militant group was claiming responsibility for the violence that killed the U.S. ambassador.
Four top Italian disaster experts have quit their jobs, saying the convictions of several former colleagues for failing to adequately warn of a deadly 2009 earthquake means they can't properly perform their duties.
An anti-settlement group says Israel is moving forward with plans to build a military college on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives, an area claimed by the Palestinians for a future state and steeped in Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious lore.