Here is a brief rundown of important events around the world Wednesday morning, August 24, 2011.

Shores of Tripoli: One day after capturing Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli, rebel leaders are seeking the Libyan leader. But Gadhafi loyalists are still pitching running battles against rebels, while NATO air strikes pound the city.

Come on, Irene: Hurricane Irene, upgraded to a ‘Category 2’ storm force is now heading towards the Bahamas, and could reach the east coast of the U.S. over the weekend.

Assad on Ropes: The US and several western nations are asking the UN to apply more sanctions upon Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his top cronies.

Siberian Tigers: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is holding talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Siberia to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program and other subjects.

House on Fire: Eleven people – including several children -- die in a house fire outside Brisbane, Australia.