The UN will announce a global appeal for humanitarian aid to deal with the Libya crisis on Monday. Planeloads of supplies are on their way to the area, and the international community is coordinating an airlift of refugees.
Shortly before talks began in the US on Western Sahara, Morocco authorities raided a protest camp in the region, possibly undermining talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front, which wants a referendum on independence.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a four-day visit to China, has not urged the release of Liu Xiaobo, this year's Nobel Peace Prizewinner. Rights groups are highly critical of his general silence on human rights.
As a fresh round of activist ships prepares to set sail from Lebanon, Israel and the UN have made conciliatory statements on the Gaza flotilla issue that could help repair the fraught relationship – although not completely.