Top news: Clashes erupted in Istanbul's Taksim Square early on Tuesday as riot police attempted to clear hundreds of demonstrators from the area using tear gas and water cannons. The protests, which began more than a week ago in opposition to redevelopment plans for Gezi Park, had mostly died down before this morning's operation. Television images from today, however, showed demonstrators hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at authorities as they bulldozed makeshift barricades in the square.
Turkey's central bank, meanwhile, took action to stabilize the lira, which has been under pressure because of the protests. The bank sold $50 million at an intraday foreign exchange action on Tuesday and said in a statement that it will do so again as needed in the coming days.
The government's decision to clear Taksim Square comes one day after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to soften his stance by agreeing to meet with demonstrators. A meeting between the prime minister and members of the opposition is scheduled for Wednesday.
NSA Leak: The Department of Justice on Monday began the process of charging Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old National Security Agency contractor behind the PRISM leaks, with disclosing classified information. The NSA, meanwhile, began investigating how Snowden might have gained access to top secret documents not directly related to the work he was doing for the agency.
- A pair of suicide bombers detonated themselves in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people in the first major attack in the capital since the regime recaptured the strategic town of Qusair.
- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy said on Monday that Egypt does not wish to go to war with Ethiopia over disputed water rights in the Nile, but "all options are open."
- Six Arab Gulf states on Monday announced sanctions against Hezbollah members residing within their borders in retaliation against the Lebanese militant organization's intervention in Syria.
- South Sudan's oil minister said Monday that the country will continue to pump oil to its northern neighbor despite stoppage threats from Khartoum.
- A Kenyan court on Monday sentenced nine Somali pirates to five years in prison for their role in the 2010 hijacking of the MV Magellan Star.
- Police in Ghana arrested at least 55 West Africans on charges of illegal gold mining.
- Planned talks between North and South Korea over reopening the Kaesong joint industrial park have been postponed over questions about who will head each delegation.
- Afghan insurgents on Monday attacked the Kabul International Airport as well as government buildings in Zabul Province, killing one police officer and wounding 19 others.
- Myanmar's minister of immigration and population backed a controversial two-child policy for minority Rohingya Muslims.
- Colombia's government is set to resume peace talks with members of the FARC rebel group on Tuesday.
- Venezuela claimed Monday to have arrested nine members of a Colombian right-wing paramilitary who were plotting to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.
- A Nicaraguan congressional committee approved awarding a Chinese company the $40 billion contract to build a 130-mile canal connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
- Germany's highest court on Tuesday began hearing a case against a European Central Bank program credited with calming the European debt crisis.
- Police in Northern Ireland on Monday seized weapons and explosives from militant nationalists ahead of the G8 summit to be held in Lough Erne.
- A French prosecutor on Monday recommended dropping charges of "aggravated pimping" against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.