Here is a brief rundown of important events around the world Tuesday morning, August 23, 2011.

Battleground Tripoli: Moammmar Gaddafi’s loyalists remain defiant against an onslaught by rebels who have taken control of most of the capitol of Tripoli. Gunfire and explosions were heard near the area around the Libyan leader's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Free French: Sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn will likely be dropped today by New York Prosecutors.

Kurdish Rebels Get Pounded: The Turkish army said it has killed up to 100 Kurdish rebels belonging to the PKK after a week of air and artillery strikes in northern Iraq.

Naughty Aussie MP: Australian police are probing allegations that as MP from the ruling Labor Party, Craig Thomson, used his trade union credit card to pay for prostitutes.