The former CIA employee who leaked details of the US government’s highly classified and broad-scope Internet surveillance program has himself gone missing in Hong Kong.

Iraq reverts to its recent lawless past as dozens are murdered in terrorist attacks; Egypt vows to protect its water security, as the Nile is dammed way up-river;  And, Canada’s Bowie-loving astronauts announces a career change.

A day after blasting them with tough talk, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to meet the organizers of ongoing protests against his government on Wednesday.

The tell-tale signs of malnutrition abound in Haiti especially in children as a nation that didn’t have a lot to start with spirals further down three years after the massive earthquake.

The Afghanistan Taliban captured and beheaded two boys, aged 10 and 16 years old, as a warning to villagers not to cooperate with the authorities.  The boys’ “crime” was to go to an Afghan Army base to scrounge food.

More evidence that there are good fats and there are bad fats.  And the good ones don’t say “moo” or “oink” or even “cock a doodle doo” before arriving on your dinner table.

What?  The tenth?  June is in double digits already?  Oh well.  Hey, here’s some more world news for your perusal.

An Israeli government draft report is blaming a “serious systemic failure” for the handling of Prisoner X, the Australian man recruited by Mossad and who eventually died in an Israeli prison cell.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened pro-democracy protesters that they would “pay a price” and he said he would have to “speak the language” they understand.

The whistleblower who leaked information about the massive US program to spy on the Internet has decided to go public and is hiding out in Hong Kong.

Months after dropping from public view and becoming the modern era’s first Pontiff Emeritus, Benedict XVI is reportedly in poor health.  The Vatican is denying his condition is critical.

Israel will steer clear of involvement in Syria’s civil war, “as long as the fire is not directed at us,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu told his cabine

More medical troubles for Nelson Mandela; A long-time fugitive and sex offender will likely be extradited from the UK to Australia;  And the US military’s inability to deal with sex assaults in its ranks claims a 2-star General.

The group which some say rules the world meets in England;  The United Nations seeks aid for a humanitarian crisis in Syria;  Europe deals with record flooding on the Danube, all caught on video.  Enjoy the weekend, Australia!!!

US intelligence agencies tapping directly into the servers of the America’s largest Internet companies where agents can mine untold amounts of data for hints suspicious activity by foreigners or Americans. 

Criticism grows for Turkey’s mainstream media for largely ignoring intense national protests against the government;  A glimmer of hope as the Korean peninsula cools down;  And Ireland will decide if scrapping an entire legislative body will serve or damage democracy.

The Syrian army has retaken control of a UN-monitored crossing into the Golan Heights that had been overrun by rebel forces. Austria has said it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the Golan Heights because of the fighting.

Students and activists gathered in demonstrations throughout Paris after an 18-year old student at one of France’s most-prestigious universities was viciously beaten and mortally wounded by right wing militants.  The attack has shocked the political establishment.

Police in Scotland will investigate allegations that American CIA “extraordinary rendition” flights passed through Scottish airport, taking people deemed to be terrorists to black sights in countries that allow torture during interrogation.

Vladimir Putin his wife Lyudmila Putina stood side by side to make an awkward announcement on Russian television Thursday:  They’re getting divorced.

Twelve children now have thyroid cancer in Fukushima, Japan, up from three in February.  And fifteen more cases are suspected.