'Francesco' Now Italy's Most Popular Baby Name

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d7c473d647.jpgFranco Origlia/Getty Images (ROME) -- There's a new name topping the most popular baby name's list in Italy, following the recent election of the new pope. The popular Pope Francis, or Papa Francesco, as he's called in Italian, inspired many parents in the name choosing process and igniting a "Francesco" baby-naming craze.

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Bassem Youssef, Known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, on Satirizing Dangerously

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_aecf4edc40.jpgKHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images (CAIRO) -- Comedian and political satirist Bassem Youssef returned to Egypt's airwaves on Friday from a four-month hiatus amid fevered speculation over what his act would look like after the summer's military coup and the violent upheaval that has followed. With President Mohammed Morsi - a frequent target of Youssef's - now gone, would he set his sights on General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's de facto ruler and the subject of a growing cult of personality?

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Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban in Coordinated Protest

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_1c59822049.jpgMARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images (RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- Women in Saudi Arabia took to the streets Saturday in a coordinated campaign against the country's restrictive driving policies, defying a ban on women drivers in the conservative kingdom. Organizers of a campaign against Saudi policies that bar women from obtaining driver's licenses had encouraged Saudi women to climb behind the wheel and post videos and photographs of their forays onto the streets.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Japan's East Coast

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_aa8bb516e4.jpgPhotodisc/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Saturday morning, local time, near the epicenter of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The tremor prompted a local tsunami alert that was later lifted. The epicenter of the quake, which struck around 2 a.m. local time, was about 230 miles off the east coast of Japan.

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Before US Kidnapping, Surviving Piracy How-To Distributed

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_1ef003fbfd.jpg(Christian Serrano) (WASHINGTON) -- Before the kidnapping of two American mariners off the coast of Nigeria early Thursday, piracy in the region had become such a "widespread and violent" practice in recent months that the industry issued a stark warning to anyone operating in the dangerous waters -- and told them what to do if pirates take over the ship.

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