Monday's global agenda: Syrian premier defects

In other news

China summoned U.S. envoy Robert Wang over the Obama administration's criticism of China's assertiveness in the South China Sea. [The Wall Street Journal]

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe was paid $100,000 in 2010 for two speeches by an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government, The Washington Post reports.

Egypt promised Monday to crack down on Islamist gunmen from the Gaza Strip who killed 16 police officers at a border station on the border with Israel over the weekend. The incident is an early diplomatic test for new President Mohammed Morsi. [Reuters]

Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, accepted parliament's decision to oust the ministers of Interior and Defense, whose departure further complicates the pullout of international forces from Afghanistan. [The Wall Street Journal]

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