Monday's global agenda: Syrian shake-up

In other news

China chose a former Air Force commander as vice chairman of its Central Military Commission, a sign of the country's ambition to counter U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region. [The Wall Street Journal]

President Hamid Karzai is pondering throwing the International Crisis Group out of Afghanistan after a critical report last month said his government could collapse when NATO leaves in 2014. [AFP]

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sparked new hope for peace in Israel and fierce protests in the Gaza Strip after he appeared to abandon the long-standing demand that Palestinians have the right to return to their pre-1948 land. [The New York Times]

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