Top news: Violence and turmoil continued to plague Egypt over the last three days, with the government admitting to killing 36 Islamists in custody and militants killing 24 policemen in an attack in the lawless Sinai Peninsula.
On Monday, the crisis threatened to grow further complicated as the lawyer for the imprisoned strongman Hosni Mubarak said that his client could be released this week. His release at the hands of a military-backed government threatens to further inflame the conflict between the Muslim Brotherhood, which despises Mubarak, and the military, which has utilized brutal violence in removing the Brotherhood and its supporters from the streets of Cairo and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the violence continues, and over 1,000 people have now been killed since Wednesday. The attack in the Sinai was described as an attack on a group of off-duty policemen, who, according to security officials speaking to the Associated Press, were killed execution-style. As for the Islamists killed in custody, Egyptian authorities claim that they were killed when they tried to escape, but the Muslim Brotherhood claimed that they had been shot and tear-gassed while in a locked police van. The Brotherhood put the total dead at 52.
While the Obama administration has not moved to cut military aid, it is now moving to suspend its economic assistance to the country. European officials, meanwhile, are huddled in Brussels today for an emergency meeting geared toward determining a response to the continuing violence.
NSA revelations: The partner of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist at the center of revelations about the NSA's intelligence gathering activities, was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow airport. The man, David Miranda, was held under Britain's terrorism law, and police seized all his digital equipment, including a thumbdrive that he had been using to transport documents from Berlin-based Laura Poitras, another journalist involved in the revelations, to Greenwald, who is based in Brazil.
- The wife of disgraced Communist Party official Bo Xilai, who will go on trial Thursday, only agreed to testify against him after reaching a deal to protect their son, Bo Guagua, according to a Reuters report.
- The latest polling shows Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his Labor Party headed for a staggering defeat in September's election.
- An express train in the remote Indian state of Bihar killed 37 people, mostly Hindu pilgrims who had been crossing the tracks.
- Egyptian authorities told foreign journalists covering the unrest that they should not distort their coverage of what the military calls its war on terror.
- Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are streaming into Iraqi Kurdistan after the government there opened the border.
- A team of U.N. investigators arrived in Damascus to examine claims of chemical weapons use, allegations that eight months after they began remain shrouded in mystery.
- The Mexican army captured the leader of the powerful Gulf cartel.
- The U.S. government is beginning to re-examine the cases of individuals held in Gauntánamo Bay who are considered highly dangerous and impossible to prosecute.
- U.S. federal authorities are investigating whether JPMorgan violated bribery laws by hiring the children of powerful Chinese officials.
- A huge flood in eastern Russia forced the evacuation of 20,000 people.
- A British warship arrived in Gibraltar amid heightened tensions and a day after local fishermen protested the placement of a concrete reef.
- The leaders of Femen, the Ukranian feminist group known for staging topless protests, demanded government protection after two of the group's members were assaulted.
- Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic sprinter better known as "Blade Runner," will be charged in the murder of his model girlfriend, with the trial set to begin in March.
- A regional African bloc called on sanctions to be lifted against Zimbabwe following its presidential election.
- The Zimbabwean opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, dropped its legal challenge to the election result that returned President Robert Mugabe to power, saying that it was unable to get a fair hearing.