Seventy top clothing retailers are promising to open their factories in Bangladesh to safety inspections as part of a pact that grew out of April’s horrific and deadly collapse of a garment factory.

Istanbul’s governor opened Gezi Park for the first time since police ousted protesters in part of nationwide anti-government demonstration; but he closed it again as protest leaders called for government opponents to return to the park.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is calling for an uprising after government forces turned their weapons on brotherhood protesters and opened fire, killing at least 51 people.

Brazil has opened an investigation into US Spy Agency surveillance and Bolivia has summoned the Ambassadors of countries that took part in grounding the Bolivian President’s airplane.

The world’s only freshwater porpoise is on the brink of extinction, because of the profound degradation of the environment of China’s Yangtze River.

Tens of thousands of pro-military and pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators flooded Egypt’s streets, although the polar opposites have not clashed as much as they did during the violence last week.

At least five people are dead in the derailment of an automated train carrying oil tankers through a once-quiet little town in Quebec, Canada.  And the fear is that at least some of the 40 missing people will never be found because they might have been vaporized in the inferno.

Tigers and Bulls get the better of Man, the Koreas strike a deal to get back to business, big changes are coming to the most-successful military of the Mideast, and a champ learns the hard way that one shouldn't clown around about letting down his guard.   

Add Brazil to the list of countries demanding an explanation from Washington, DC after revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on millions of telephone and email conversations.

Security has been increased at Buddhist temples and tourist attractions in Northern India, after an attack at the holiest Buddhist shrine where the Buddha himself is said to have gained enlightenment.

There are a number of developments in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday, not least of which is the emergence of amateur video of the crash.

A crowded Boeing 777 cartwheeled and burned at the San Francisco airport, and officials are worried the death toll will rise; A small town is nearly wiped out from an oil tanker train derailment; Islamist radicals murder children and teachers in a raid on a school:  That and a lot more awaits you in this morning’s CareerSpot World News Briefs:

NSA leaker Edward Snowden finally has a country that will take him, but does he want to go?  But first, the losing side in Egypt’s latest government change strikes back, the UN prepares for the spread of a new virus, and so far those new F1 tyres are holding at Nurburgring.  Vrooom.

A big step towards defusing the tension on the Korean Peninsula, South America weighs its options after one of its presidents was treated rather shabbily in Europe, and what could be one last glimmer for the NSA leaker to avoid US justice is already looking mighty dim.

Gunmen have murdered Afghanistan’s most senior Female police officer on her way to work.  Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed four girls.  Both attacks occurred in the southern Helmand province.

The Egyptian Military is turning the screws on the formerly ruling Muslim Brotherhood party, arresting its leaders for “inciting the killing of protesters” who marched on its headquarters during this week of unrest.

A mobile phone security company claims it has found a flaw that affects some 900 million Android devices, a flaw that could serve as a “master key” for hackers to turn any App into a Trojan.

France, which had been complaining about Internet and telephone surveillance conducted by The US and UK, reportedly is conducting similar, interceptions of communications described as “outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision”.

Doctors treating Nelson Mandela say the former South African President is in a “permanent vegetative state” and they have advised his family to turn off his life support machine.

Pakistan is condemning the United States drone attack that killed 17 people in a suspected militant compound in a remote tribal region of northwestern Pakistan.  It’s the deadliest attack since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power a month ago.

A new development in the fumbled search for Edward Snowden, Russia is really cranking up the homophobia, and Islamists threaten violence on the Winter Olympics.