– The Obama administration notified European and Arab allies of its intention to call for the departure of Assad from power in an announcement that could come today.
– High-level human rights officials at the United Nations said Syria may have committed crimes against humanity in its crackdown against opposition protesters. The panel recommends the U.N. Security Council refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.
– Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr warned that if the U.S. military stays in Iraq beyond 2011, “there will be war.”
– The rebel Transition National Council (TNC) of Libya took control of the country’s embassy in Washington, D.C., amid celebrations led by a Qaddafi diplomat who’s since defected.
– The Israeli military reports that a “large number” of assailants armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives have killed at least five people in three attacks in southern Israel near the Egyptian border.
– A coalition of defectors, tribal leaders, protest movement heads, and separatists came together to form an opposition council in restive Yemen.
– The U.S. denied Taiwan’s request to purchase 66 new F-16C/D fighter jets but offered a retrofit package for older F-16A/B making them some of the most advanced variants of the aircraft.