Wednesday's global agenda: US under pressure in Syria

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Egypt was reported to have launched its first airstrikes in decades in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, deploying attack helicopters to strike at gunmen following the shooting of 16 Egyptian soldiers on Sunday. [The New York Times]

The chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, was stranded in his hometown because of a lack of commercial flights just hours before he's set to transfer the reins of power to the congress elected last month. [The Telegraph]

Pakistan's Supreme Court issued a contempt-of-court notice against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday, an apparent rerun of judicial proceedings that saw his predecessor ousted from office in June. [The New York Times]

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