*A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkish province of Van on Sunday afternoon. According to latest estimates, over 200 people were killed, about 1,000 injured and some 400 are believed to be trapped under the debris of the ruined buildings. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a new earthquake, measuring at magnitude 6.1, struck the province of Van
*The UN human rights office has called for a probe into the death of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who died after being captured alive last week, said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
*Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament rejected on Monday an agreement on technical and military cooperation between the Afghan government and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the Pajhwok news agency reported.
*WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday announced that the whistle-blowing website is suspending publishing operations in order to concentrate the group's resources on fighting a “blockade” by credit card companies and raise new funds.
*Talks between Russia and the European Union on the EU Third Energy Package, which requires the separation of energy production, transportation and sales, are deadlocked, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said
*Moody's international rating agency has changed the Russian banking system outlook to 'negative' from 'stable' on global turbulence which is weakening the banking sector's performance, the agency said