Top news: Egypt dispatched Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to the Gaza Strip on Friday, amid intense fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants that has left at least 20 Palestinians and three Israelis dead since Wednesday.
Kandil, who met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and visited wounded Palestinians at a hospital, said Egypt would "save nothing to stop the aggression and achieve a continuous ceasefire on the way to having a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."
Israel has begun drafting 16,000 reserve troops -- a move that could signify preparations for a ground invasion of Gaza.
Japan: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the country's lower house of parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for elections in mid-December that Noda's Democratic Party of Japan will likely lose.
- During a visit to Cambodia, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta emphasized bilateral military ties but also raised concerns about human rights abuses.
- Cambodian authorities arrested eight villagers who had appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama for help ahead of his visit to the country.
- U.S. and Afghan negotiators launched talks on authorizing an American troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014.
- BP agreed to pay $4. 5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to criminal misconduct over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- The CIA announced an investigation into the conduct of former director David Petraeus as he prepares to testify before Congress on the Benghazi attack.
- Lawmakers in Uruguay introduced a law to regulate the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana.
- Turkey recognized the Syrian opposition's new coalition as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people."
- Protests against King Abdullah II and rising gas prices continued in Jordan for a third night.
- The Pentagon estimated that it would need 75,000 troops to seize Syria's chemical weapons.
- The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal overturned the convictions of two Croat generals for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
- Georgian authorities arrested nine former government officials who worked for the country's previous president.
- EU police arrested three former KLA rebel fighters in Kosovo for alleged war crimes.
- Sierra Leone is preparing for what is expected to be a tight presidential election.
- Five European countries expressed support for a European mission to train Malian forces battling Islamist groups in northern Mali.
- Government forces reportedly killed more than 150 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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