An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Monday:
Abbas in France: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Paris. The visit comes as construction at settlement sites in the West Bank begins, hours after the expiration of a 10-month Israeli government moratorium on building.
Merkel speaks to CNN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel sits down with CNN’s Becky Anderson to talk about the economy, Roma immigration, and German reunification.
Karadzic trial resumes: Former Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic appeared in court Monday in The Hague, Netherlands, to defend charges of war crimes and genocide.
Commonwealth Games fallout continues: Scottish tennis player Elena Baltacha says she will not attend the Commonwealth Games in India, citing health concerns.
British aid worker kidnapped: A British woman has been kidnapped in Afghanistan along with two Afghan drivers and a security guard, an Afghan official told CNN Monday.