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Costa Concordia Crew Wins Seafarer of the Year

Posted: 09/27/2012 - The crew of the Costa Concordia has been awarded the "Seafarer of the Year" award at the Lloyds List Global Awards ceremony for "the courage and professionality" demonstrated by crew members when the ship hit rocks and capsized last January.

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Syria Rebels Launch New Push to Take Aleppo

Posted: 09/27/2012 - Mohammed Saeed, an activist in Aleppo, says heavy clashes erupted Thursday in more than a dozen locations in the city, Syria's largest with 3 million people.

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Al-Qaida Accuses France of Endangering Hostages

Posted: 09/26/2012 - he North African branch of al-Qaida said Wednesday that France has broken off negotiations over the French hostages it has held over the past two years, endangering their lives.

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Egypt: Three Sentenced for 'Morality' Killing

Posted: 09/25/2012 - The state-owned Middle East News Agency said the Tuesday verdict was read out in a heavily-guarded courtroom in the Red Sea city of Suez, where 20-year-old Ahmed Hussein Eid was killed in June.

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6.2 Quake Shakes Mexico's Baja Coast

Posted: 09/25/2012 - The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered about 47 miles (75 kilometers) north-northeast of the city of La Paz, Baja California Sur.

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UN Envoy: Syria War is Threatening the Region

Posted: 09/24/2012 - International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the civil war in Syria threatens to spill across the Middle East and is "extremely bad and getting worse."

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Report: Gangs Control Most Mexican Prisons

Posted: 09/24/2012 - The Mexican government's National Human Rights Commission says it visited 100 state and local prisons, and found that gangs controlled activities ranging from internal security to services provided to inmates.

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UK to Extradite Radical Muslim Cleric to US

Posted: 09/24/2012 - Authorities in the U.S. have for years asked for Al-Masri and the others to be handed over, but the process had been delayed because the men raised human rights objections.

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Sick Father Asks Iran To Free Son

Posted: 09/23/2012 - The father of an ex-Marine held on spying charges in Iran has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is pleading to see his son before he dies.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 1, Injures 46 In Nigeria

Posted: 09/23/2012 - Officials say Mass at a Catholic church in northern Nigeria was shattered today by a suicide car bomber in a blast that killed one person and wounded 46.

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Report: Morsi Wants 'Real' Friendship With US

Posted: 09/23/2012 - Before embarking on his first visit to the United States since becoming Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi says Washington in the past earned ill will in the Middle East by backing dictators but now he envisions the two countries being "real friends."

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Libya Orders Disbanding Of 'Illegitimate' Militias

Posted: 09/23/2012 - Libya's president has ordered the disbandment of "illegitimate" militias, a move designed to assert state authority amid violence by armed groups including an assault on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador.

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Zimbabwe City Residents Synchronize Toilet Flush

Posted: 09/22/2012 - City authorities in Zimbabwe's second largest city are appealing to home owners to flush their toilets at a specified time as a way to unblock sewers after days of severe water rationing.

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Quake Shakes Southern Mexico

Posted: 09/22/2012 - An earthquake shook parts of southern Mexico on Saturday, causing buildings to sway gently in the capital but causing no immediate reports of damage.

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French Police Detain Man For Threatening Editor

Posted: 09/22/2012 - French police in the western city of La Rochelle have detained a man suspected of threatening to decapitate the editor of a French satirical weekly that published lewd caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Demonstrations Turn Deadly in Pakistan

Posted: 09/21/2012 - Protests in Pakistan against an anti-Muslim film turn violent. Demonstrators set fire to buildings, while Pakistani troops fire on the demonstrators.

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