Syria's government is expected to give its reaction to a ceasefire proposed for this weekend's Eid al-Adha holiday by UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
Mr Brahimi announced on Wednesday that the Syrian government and most opposition groups would back the truce.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she takes responsibility for the security failure at the Benghazi consulate that led to the killing of four Americans in Libya last month.
Mrs Clinton said ensuring the safety of US diplomatic staff overseas was her job, not that of the White House.
The street level of Ousmane Ndiaye's building features a fabric shop. He and his family live in a posh apartment on the second floor. Their upstairs neighbors? His beloved ram Billal and 10 other sheep.
Here his animals prance on a sunny outdoor terrace well above the commotion of buses and vendors below, and only rarely use the building's winding staircase.
The mother of an American killed in last month's Libya consulate attack has said his death has been used by the Romney campaign for political purposes.
The Republican presidential nominee has been citing his meeting some years ago with former US Navy Seal Glen Doherty.
His campaign said the candidate would respect Barbara Doherty's wishes and stop mentioning her son.
Syria's shelling of a border town in Turkey has sparked fears that President Bashar al-Assad's attempt to snuff out a rebellion at home could turn into a damaging regional war between the two neighbors.
For more than three months, Samar Yazbek watched and took notes as the Arab Spring demonstrations in her native Syria were met with bloody force.
Iran has restricted access to Google's email service, Gmail, and search engine.
A firewall already prevents Iranians from accessing many Western sites.
Pakistani TV channels are airing an advert showing news clips of US President Barack Obama condemning an anti-Islam film made in the US.