Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham will be leaving the team after the MLS Cup game December 1, team officials announced Monday.
The famed British midfielder joined the Galaxy in 2007, raising the profile of Major League Soccer in the United States and helped lead the team to the league title in 2011. Monday's announcement comes ten months after he signed a new two-year contract with the team, turning his back on a number of offers from leading European clubs.
Editor's note: CNN has crews in Israel, Gaza and around the region reporting on the latest attacks, talks and fallout from the upsurge in the Gaza-Israel conflict, which has lasted nearly a week. Here are some of their stories:
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Violence flared in central Cairo on Monday as protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police, who responded in kind.
The protesters are angry at the government and the Muslim Brotherhood, a popular Islamist movement. They rallied near Tahrir Square, near the parliament building, just a block from the Interior Ministry.
A building in the area briefly caught on fire and was quickly extinguished. No immediate injuries were reported.FULL STORY
Israel has completed its planning and is prepared to go ahead with a ground invasion into Gaza if necessary, the Israeli ambassador to the United States said Monday.
Michael Oren underscored that Israel would like to avoid a ground operation, but is ready to act if needed. The ambassador spoke to reporters at a briefing at Israel’s embassy in Washington.FULL STORY
At least 10 people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu ritual in eastern India Monday, police said.
The crush occurred on a bridge along the banks of the river Ganges in Patna, capital of Bihar state, according to authorities.
The site was packed by hundreds of thousands of devotees celebrating the annual festival of Chhath, Patna's police chief Jayant Kant told CNN.FULL STORY
The Colombian rebel group FARC will halt military operations at midnight as a sign of good will for peace talks with the Colombian government, the group said Monday.
The halt will last until January 20, FARC representative Ivan Marquez said.
The government has not said whether it will take part in a cease-fire during the talks.
Negotiations are aimed at ending the longest-running insurgency in Latin America. The leftist FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been at war with the government since the 1960s.FULL STORY
Pressure is mounting for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian violence that has left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, with the U.N chief flying to the region to appeal for a cease-fire.
Meanwhile, the head of Egyptian intelligence has given an Israeli delegation a letter for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu containing Hamas conditions for a cease-fire, a general in Egyptian intelligence told CNN. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel.FULL STORY
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President Barack Obama met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Myanmar on Monday, lauding her "courage and determination" during a historic visit to the once repressive and secretive country.
The first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, Obama urged its leaders, who have embarked on a series of far-reaching political and economic reforms since 2011, not to extinguish the "flickers of progress that we have seen."FULL STORY