Top news: Israeli soldiers on Tuesday exchanged fire with targets across the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, marking the third consecutive day of cross-border fire. An Israeli military vehicle was damaged by shots fired from Syria, according to a statement, but no one was injured. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at further military action inside Syria, saying that Israel is "preparing for every scenario" and that "we will act to ensure the security interest of Israel's citizens in the future as well." In recent weeks, Israel has struck Syrian military installations to prevent the transfer of weapons from President Bashar al-Assad's government to Lebanese Hezbollah.
Inside Syria, the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, renewed its offensive in the town of Qusair, near the border with Lebanon. Over the weekend, government forced reportedly made significant gains in the strategic border town, which links the capital, Damascus, with Homs, as well as the heavily Alawite coastal region. The loss of Qusair would be a major setback for the rebels.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, is due in Amman on Wednesday for a meeting with 11 different countries -- including Britain, France, and Qatar -- that are providing various forms of assistance to the Syrian rebels. The meeting is intended to forge consensus among backers of the Syrian rebels going into a peace conference planned by Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for June, Bloomberg reports.
United States: A giant tornado struck the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday, killing at least 91 people and injuring 145. Rescue workers continued their search for survivors on Tuesday, primarily in the suburb of Moore, where the damage appears to have been the worst.
- A series of bombings across Iraq killed at least 13 people Tuesday, one day after similar bombings killed at least 70.
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Oman Tuesday for the signing of a $2.1 billion arms deal with the Gulf country.
- The U.S. State Department on Monday expressed concern over charges brought by Egyptian authorities against two journalists critical of President Mohamed Morsy.
- The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania between June 26 and July 3.
- Poachers may be using weapons from the Libyan civil war to kill elephants in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, and Gabon, according to a U.N. report.
- Government troops clashed with M23 rebels Monday near Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
- A depreciated yen, strong stock market performance, and an uptick in GDP growth for the first quarter of 2013 all suggest that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic reforms could be working.
- A court in Rawalpindi granted former Pakistani Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf bail on charges related to the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.
- India and China on Monday agreed to cooperate on ensuring the "peace and tranquility on our borders," in the words of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
- Brazilian authorities on Monday arrested a businessman with alleged links to Hezbollah on charges of operating a fraudulent clothing-industry scheme.
- Bolivia passed a new law on Monday, paving the way for President Evo Morales to stand for election a third time.
- Guatemala's Constitutional Court on Monday annulled a genocide conviction against former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, paving the way for a retrial.
- The EU parliament will debate possible measures for combating tax evasion ahead of Wednesday's EU summit, which is expected to address the issue.
- A pair of car bombs killed at least four people Monday in the Russian region of Dagestan, while security forces killed two alleged militants in a separate incident in Moscow.
- Russia's only independent opinion polling agency may be forced to close after being labeled "foreign agent" by the government.