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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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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