Promising Start to Syria's Handover of Chemical Weapons

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_12a80a1473.jpgLOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- At least for now, all is going well with United Nations inspectors assigned to making certain Syria abides by last week's Security Council resolution to surrender chemical weapons stockpiles for their eventual destruction. Although much still needs to be done, the team of inspectors reported "encouraging initial progress" Thursday in their first dealing with Syrian government officials.

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Dozens Dead After Boat Full of Migrants Sinks off Italian Coast

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_308ce93cac.jpgSTR/AFP/Getty Images (ROME) -- After pulling more than 80 bodies from the Mediterranean Sea, Italian authorities are searching for survivors of a ship packed with undocumented immigrants trying to reach Europe's shore. The vessel might have been carrying more than 500 Africans when it reportedly capsized near the tiny Rabbit Island, near the bigger Italian island of Lampedusa, Coast Guard authorities say.

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Disrespecting Egypt's Flag and Anthem Now Has Consequences

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_b27ffc43c8.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Those who insult the Egyptian flag could wind up in jail for six months. It's the same sentence for anyone who refuses to stand for the national anthem. The new law was approved Wednesday by the Egyptian Cabinet. The directive to respect the flag and the anthem came from interim President Adly Mansour, who replaced ousted President Mohamed Morsi last July.

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Vladimir Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_a60000d43b.jpgALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The international community might roll its eyes but a Russian advocacy group really feels that President Vladimir Putin deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. On Tuesday, the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World said it nominated the controversial Russian leader for the esteemed award because of his attempts to end the conflict in Syria.

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Afghan Woman Wants to Be President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_9b4ff33381.jpgSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Women in Afghanistan have made substantial progress since the Taliban was ousted by the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001.  But is the country ready for a woman president? Fawzia Koofi appears willing to give it a try despite all the odds stacked against her.

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