Egypt: Former tourism minister Zuhair Garranah has been jailed for five years on charges of corruption, a judicial source revealed.
Syria: The European Union has imposed an arms ban on Syria, besides a freeze and visa ban on 13 top Syrian officials, including the brother of President Bashar al-Assad.
Syria: Syrian troops backed by tanks entered several southern villages near the city of Daraa.
Syria: Columns of tanks are seen moving towards the central city of Hama, which has been the scene of anti-government protests in recent weeks.
Palestine: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas seeks recognition of Palestine State from the United Nations.
Libya: Fifty-four Somalis trying to escape Libya are feared dead after an overcrowded boat with hundreds aboard capsized off the coast of Tripoli.
Libya: NATO warplanes struck Tripoli early on Tuesday in the heaviest bombing of the Libyan capital in weeks.
Libya: The Royal Air Force has destroyed rocket launchers and Scud-missile containers in Libya, the Ministry of Defense said.
Afghanistan: At least six police officers have been killed in an ambush in Ghazni province.