Baburam Bhattarai, a Maoist who inked the peace deal in 2006 that ended an armed rebellion, became Nepal’s latest prime minster on Sunday.
A CIA drone reportedly killed Al Qaeda’s number two man, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, in the mountains of Pakistan according to an American official who described Rahman’s death as significant because he was one of the new generation of Al Qaeda leaders.
The Obama White House’s Libya strategy faced the constant criticism that the president was “leading from behind,” but, according to the New Yorker’s David Remnick, a combination of modesty and focusing on a multilateral strategy may have helped bring one of the quickest U.S. military victories.
The rebel government of Libya said there were no plans to extradite the Lockerbie bomber to the U.S. despite such calls from U.S. politicians. The bomber was reportedly near death in Tripoli, with his family reporting Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was in coma.
A sudden collapse of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government could mean a breakdown in controls over Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, which includes sarin, the nerve agent that killed 13 people and injured 1,000 during a terrorist attack on a Tokyo subway station in 1995.
Men claiming to represent a Nigerian Islamic extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack on a U.N. building there last week, even as others from the group denied responsibility and its website remained silent.