American Citizen Among Activists Charged with Piracy in Russia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_a7efde02e4.jpgJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Amidst accusations of piracy, activists have been detained in Russia and the U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday that an American citizen is among those charged with piracy related to a Greenpeace protest. American Dmitri Litvinov was among five activists charged with piracy by Russian prosecutors.

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Death Toll in Syrian Conflict Exceeds 115,000

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_a4edda9514.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LONDON) -- As the civil war in Syria enters its 31st month without any sign of a peaceful resolution, the overall death toll continues to soar. While it's nearly impossible to get an accurate estimate of the number people killed since March 2011, the leading opposition group said on Tuesday that at least 115,000 people on both sides of the conflict have died.

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Iraq Rapidly Slipping into Warlike Past

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_65a9face15.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- Iraq is heading backwards in dangerous fashion. With the United Nations reporting 979 deaths by terrorism in September, the concern is that Iraq has returned to the years when the conflict with insurgents was at its height and sectarian warfare between Shiites and Sunni nearly brought down the fragile central government.

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Al-Shabab Promises 'Rivers of Blood Will Flow in Nairobi'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_4660bc2104.jpgUriel Sinai/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Al-Shabab has responded to the Kenyan government's promise that it will continue its military operation in Somalia with a promise of its own. The group said in a press release that as long as Kenyan boots are on the ground in its northern neighbor, "we will strike Kenyans where it hurts the most, turn their cities into graveyards and rivers of blood will flow in Nairobi."

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Twitter Co-Founder Tweets About Access with Iranian President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0069c91f0e.jpgBill Pugliano/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- For the first time in four years, many Iranians reportedly were able to log on to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter last month without using virtual private networks or anti-filtering software. But Tuesday, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had questions about Iranians' ability to tweet.

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