1635 GMT: Sudan. A Presidential assistant has set out the cause of protests that revived in the country two weeks ago. While others have cited the Government's austerity measures, Nafie Ali Nafie said, "Zionist institutions inside the United States and elsewhere... are exploiting the latest economic decisions to destabilize the security and political situation."
Nafie said the government had evidence of collusion between rebel groups in Darfur, politicians in the newly-independent South Sudan, and Zionist institutions in the US to sabotage Sudan. He did not present the evidence.
1435 GMT: Mali. Members of the Salafist Ansar Dine group, armed with guns and pick-axes, have continued to destroy ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu, the second day of attacks on the UNESCO heritage sites.
Ansar Dine group backs strict Islamic law and considers the shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam to be idolatrous.
Residents say the group has threatened to destroy all of the 16 main mausoleums of saints in Timbuktu.
"We are subject to religion and not to international opinion. Building on graves is contrary to Islam. We are destroying the mausoleums because it is ordained by our religion," Oumar Ould Hamaha said.
The Emir asked outgoing Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah and other ministers to continue as a caretaker government until a new Cabinet is formed.
The Cabinet resigned last week, days after the Constitutional Court nullified the February legislative election, scrapping the opposition-dominated Parliament, and reinstated the previous legislature.
The military argued that the incident occurred over international waters while the jet was posting a map to corroborate its position: “According to the results of an administrative probe and radar tracks, our jet was shot down 13 nautical miles off of Syria, one nautical mile outside Syria’s 12-nautical mile territorial waters, and crashed 16 kilometers (8.5 nautical miles) off the Syrian coastline after losing altitude and speed.”
The anonymous US official has said the incident occurred close to the Syrian coast and said intelligence was that the jet was downed by an anti-aircraft gun rather than a laser-guided missile.
1145 GMT: Syria. Footage of the formation of the Aleppo military council, overseeing all Free Syrian Army units in Aleppo Province:
Tribal leader Hussein Sake said the shelling against Toubou areas in the desert city was ongoing and unrelenting: “It is a situation of war with continuous attacks on Toubou neighborhoods. They keep shelling us, so of course now we hit back to defend ourselves.”
Sake blamed the violence on rival Zwai tribesmen and their allies, who he said include the Libya Shield brigade, a force deployed by the interim government to act as a buffer between the clashing groups.
Wissam Ben Hamid, commander of the brigade, insisted his forces were neutral and trying to broker a new truce.
1025 GMT: Syria. Claimed footage of the mass burial today of the victims of Saturday's attack on the funeral in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka:
In the Syrian village of Qatma, not far from the Turkish border, a family from the town of Houla, where a massacre widely blamed on regime backers took place in late May, has taken refuge.
Mohammed Khiari, a defector, was in the nearby village of Taldou when men who he and others insist were members of the pro-Assad militia, the Shabiha, launched a bloody raid that killed more than 100 people, most of them women and children. He has been in Qatma since the massacre happened, along with defectors and their families from other parts of Syria, all of who seem to have similar stories of depravity and suffering.
"I've seen the face of this regime, because I was one of their soldiers," Khiari said, displaying his military identification which listed him as an officer. "I know what needs to be done to get rid of them. Negotiations to them are a chance to stall. And they show weakness. There is nothing left to do except fight. And we will meet our challenges."
A morning demonstration in Latamnah in Hama Province:
0755 GMT: Syria. We begin this morning with a snap analysis of the supposed international agreement on Saturday to pursue a transitional national unity government --- we note the more significant disagreement behind the facade of a political resolution and the reality beyond the talks of the deaths in Syria.