- Yemen muddles on with a "ghostly" absence of activity in the capital, Sanaa, while violence continues in more far flung provinces. While Vice President Hadi has called for a unity government, Saleh supporters think that a coup and have rebuffed calls for talks.
- The Syrian government has said that protesters have killed 120 soldiers, since demonstrations began in the repressive nation and the state has vowed retaliation, but a source in the city where the violence reportedly occurs has contested the government's account.
- Three U.S. drone strikes killed at least 18 militants in Pakistan yesterday, according to ISI officials.
- With Turkish parliamentary elections coming on Sunday, Al Jazeera profiles the main opposition figure, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
- Ban Ki-moon will seek a second term as UN Secretary General.
- President Obama's poll numbers have fallen again as the OBL bounce gets overtaken by the economy. Will Wilkinson considers perceptions making reality; head we win, tails you lose; and takes a great shot at Thomas Friedman.
- Walter Pincus writes up how feckless Congress has become with their war powers authority vis a vis Libya.
- The global markets wait on baited breath for a speech from Ben Bernanke, hoping for some good news in a week that has seen little. If you haven't seen HBO's Too Big To Fail, you are missing out. Also, anybody else feeling like we're partying like it's 1938 again?
- The Washington Post considers how wives are last season's accessory for a politician's indiscretion revealing press conference.