KWAME HOLMAN: Israeli tanks fired shells into Syria today for the second time in as many days. It raised new concerns of the civil war in Syria spilling beyond its borders. Israeli officials said the army fired back after Syrian mortar fire landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the area.
Meanwhile, a new coalition of Syrian opposition groups launched a campaign to win recognition of a government-in-waiting. The groups agreed to unite yesterday.
In Afghanistan, a NATO service member was killed by insurgents in the east. The announcement today didn’t identify the soldier’s nationality. It came a day after a British soldier was shot and killed by a man in an Afghan army uniform. There have been dozens of such insider attacks.
The parliament of Greece has approved a new austerity budget for the coming year, paving the way for more outside aid. The Greek prime minister vowed today the cost-cutting measures will be the last sacrifices Greeks will have to endure. It’s still unclear whether European officials will have the additional bailout money ready by Friday, when Greece faces a crucial bond repayment.
Wall Street mostly marked time today, amid quiet trading on the Veterans Day holiday. The Dow Jones industrial average lost a quarter of a point to close at 12,815. The Nasdaq fell about two-thirds of a point to close at 2,904.
Two more top news executives have stepped down at the British Broadcasting Corporation. That followed Saturday’s exit by George Entwistle, the BBC’s recently installed director general. It was the latest fallout after the BBC had to retract allegations of child sex abuse against a former conservative Cabinet minister. The BBC already was under fire for killing a report on the late Jimmy Savile. He allegedly abused underage girls for years while a BBC host.
The election of 2012 now is officially in the books. President Obama was awarded a win in the state of Florida on Saturday. That gave him 26 states and the District of Columbia, for a total of 332 electoral votes. Mitt Romney won 24 states, with 206 electoral votes. The president outpolled Romney by close to 3.3 million votes.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.