– International pressure against Syria intensified on Monday as United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan began negotiations in Damascus in an attempt to revive his peace plan which appeared more precarious than ever after the massacre of at least 108 villagers.
– Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey warned on Sunday that ongoing violence in Syria could make military intervention more likely.
– The likelihood of a nuclear breakthrough with Iran appeared to dim after last week’s talks in Baghdad failed to deliver results leading Iran, this week, to a take harsher tone, saying that the Islamic Republic won’t halt enrichment of uranium or reduce it below a 20% threshold, a central demand of the international community in Baghdad.
– A new Gallup poll found that Mitt Romney leads President Obama among veterans. Fifty-eight percent of veterans polled said they preferred Romney while 34 percent said Obama.
– The New York Times reports: “The presidential campaign headquarters of Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister burst into flames Monday night as demonstrators marched in the streets protesting that former official’s confirmation as one of two candidates to advance to Egypt’s runoff election.”