Top news: A pair of explosions rocked the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 100. Iran's cultural attaché, Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, reportedly died in the blasts, which destroyed the compound's metal gate and engulfed cars parked outside. Later, the al-Qaeda affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double-suicide mission in a series of Twitter posts. It also threatened to carry out additional attacks unless the Shiite militant group Hezbollah withdraws from Syria and prisoners are released from Lebanese prisons.
The bombings, partially captured by security camera footage, represent the latest spillover from the Syrian conflict, which has placed enormous strain on the Lebanese state and led to sporadic violence. Hezbollah, allied with Iran, has sent fighters to assist the Syrian regime, while other Lebanese factions have backed the Sunni uprising. Already this year, the Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut has been hit by three bombings, while a number of Sunni mosques have been targeted in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Today's violence in Beirut comes after the Syrian regime reportedly took control of Qara, a rebel-held town on the Lebanese border, forcing an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees into Lebanon.
Africa: Islamist militants blasted their way into an African Union outpost in Baladweyne, near Somalia's border with Ethiopia, on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people dead. Al-Shabab, the group responsible for the recent attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, claimed responsibility for the assault.
- Indonesia recalled its ambassador in Australia on Monday, following reports that Australian intelligence agencies may have tried to tap President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's phone.
- The cost of rebuilding after typhoon Haiyan could reach as high as $5.8 billion, Philippine Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Arsenio Balisacan said on Tuesday.
- An explosion outside a polling station in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, wounded three people on Tuesday as voters elected a new assembly.
- Demonstrators took to the streets in Egypt on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of deadly clashes on Cairo's Mohammed Mahmoud Street.
- Abdulkader al-Saleh, leader of the rebel Tawhid Brigades, died last week in an airstrike by the Syrian regime.
- A possible preliminary deal between Iran and the United States on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program has placed additional strain on U.S.-Israeli ties.
- In a report to the Security Council, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the violence in Central African Republic could "spiral into an uncontrollable situation."
- Fighting in recent weeks between the Salamat and Messeiriya tribes in southwest Darfur has left nearly 200 people dead, according to tribal leaders.
- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan delayed presenting the country's 2014 budget to parliament on Tuesday because of disagreements between his cabinet and lawmakers over spending cuts.
- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner returned to work on Monday for the first time since undergoing brain surgery, appointing Axel Kicillof as the country's new economy minister.
- Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Monday, demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly.
- The combination of foreign direct investment and local know-how is driving a modest economic renaissance in Mexico.
- In her first speech before parliament since winning reelection, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia to allow its former satellites to forge closer relations with the EU.
- Italy's government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency after Cyclone Cleopatra hit the island of Sardinia overnight, killing at least 17 people.
- French authorities launched a massive manhunt on Monday, after a gunman attacked the Paris offices of a newspaper, wounding one photographer and taking another man hostage.