1) Syrian foreign minister, Walid al-Muallem says that the government ready for talks with opposition, including armed rebels. The announcement was made in Moscow while the Foreign Minister visited his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Moscow has invited opposition leader, Moaz al-Khatib to visit Moscow for talks. Syria is reporting that “militants” from 28 countries have joined forces with the rebels.
2) Newly appointed Sec. of State John Kerry began his first international trip in his job. Started today in London. He will visit 9 countries in the Middle East and Western Europe. Kerry is calling it a “listening tour” to get in touch with key American allies.
3) Italy held national elections today, one being closely watched by the EU. Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti has been pushing austerity measures, his party is up against Silvio Berlusconi who was forced out of office in 2011, but is now promising to reimburse certain taxes. Voter turn out was much lower thn usual and no stable results of the election have been released, making the entire country (and therefore the EU) appear unstable.