Violence has fallen in Syria as a fragile ceasefire takes hold, although both sides are reporting violations. Special envoy Kofi Annan, who brokered the ceasefire, said he was "encouraged" but Syria had not fully complied.
Syrian activists have angrily rejected calls by Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy, for dialogue with the government. The leader of the opposition, Burhan Ghalioun, said the comments were "disappointing" when Syrians were "massacred every day".
Security forces have been shelling rebel-held towns in Syria, as President Bashar al-Assad vowed to continue fighting "terrorism". The BBC's Jim Muir is in Beirut, where he's been following the conflicting coverage of what's happening in northern Syria.
Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is battling to retain control of Tripoli and areas in western Libya as protesters consolidated gains in the east. The BBC's Jim Muir has been following events from the Tunisian side of Libya's western border.
Re-elected Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has reappointed Shia leader Nouri Maliki as prime minister; but the power-sharing deal was thrown into doubt after the main Sunni alliance walked out of parliament. Lisa Mullins talks with The BBC's Jim Muir.