It does not look good for peace in Syria anytime soon.  The US and Russia have failed to set a date for proposed peace talks, and government troops have retaken a rebel held town.

The 15-year old daughter of Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles Hospital after what is being reported as a suicide attempt.  Conflicting stories say she either overdosed or tried to slit her wrists.

London Police are confirming that English Defense League graffiti was scrawled on the wall of an Islamic Community Center that burned down in an overnight arson attack.

Classical pianist Krystian Zimerman has had enough with people and their smart phones.  He stormed off the concert stage in the latest incident pitting artists against technology.

Uncle Sam cracks down on companies fronting for Iran;  The video showing a prominent mayor smoking crack is apparently “gone”;  And you know that thing you’ve been muttering to yourself for years?  That thing is true.  Seriously.

Four of the Bali Nine might have their life sentences reduced, if the government in Jakarta follows the recommendation of Indonesia’s corrections department.

The trial of “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius on charges of murdering his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp has been postponed until 19 August, which by macabre coincidence would have been the victim’s 30th birthday.

France’s Foreign Minister says there is “no doubt” that Sarin Gas has been used in Syria’s civil war and Laurent Fabius points his finger directly at the Bashar al-Assad “regime and its accomplices”.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister is apologizing to the protesters who were injured by cops in the initial stages of protests in Istanbul.  But the conciliatory tone does not extend to those who joined the later anti-government demonstrations that rocked the nation.

The European Commission is imposing tough levies on Chinese Solar Energy products to stop Beijing from what critics say is “dumping” items on the market below cost.

The seriously ill woman in El Salvador who was denied an abortion by the Supreme Court has undergone an emergency Caesarian Section.  As doctors warned, the fetus had developed without a complete brain and died shortly after birth.

At least six people are dead and many are missing as torrential rains caused flooding that continues to devastate parts of Poland, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

The alleged killers of a British Soldier make their first court appearance;  China and Japan look to developing economies for their own futures;  There’s a sex scandal on Downing Street.  All that and more in your World News Briefs right here on CareerSpot:

Tuesday begins a sixth day for the nationwide protests against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and an umbrella group for the demonstrators has released its demands.

The US is cautioning Turkey against excessive police force in dealing with escalating protests across the nation, as Turkey’s Prime Minister leaves the troubled country behind to go on a trip to North Africa.

US Military prosecutors say Pfc. Bradley Manning didn’t just give embarrassing material to “Wikileaks”, those secrets went straight into the hands of America’s worst enemies such as Osama bin Laden.

A worker who escaped the massive fire that killed 119 people in a Chinese poultry rendering plant says all of the facility’s exits were closed and lock save for one side door.

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The trial at the center of America’s debate of Secrecy versus Security opens today; The UK Takes on Hate Preachers; A scary new virus is spreading, albeit slowly; And The Doctor is regenerating.

The Syrian Civil War spilled over into Lebanon with Syrian Rebels clashing with Hezbollah guerillas near the town of Baalbek.  It’s the worst clash on the Lebanese side of the border since the Civil War started more than 2 years ago and another sign that mere borders are not containing the conflict.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister is traveling to London this month, where officials are hoping to get a resolution to the situation around Julian Assange.

On the third day of spontaneous mass demonstrations against the authoritarian government in Turkey, protesters held the main square in Istanbul while cops countered a march in the capital Ankara with tear gas and water cannons.