June 19, 2012 After a London-based firm canceled the ship's insurance policy, it reversed course, according to British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The MV Alaed was off the coast of Scotland when it turned back.
June 18, 2012 When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.
June 18, 2012 In the latest example of plants harnessing animals to help them procreate: Spiny mice eat the sweet mignonette's fruit but a chemical cocktail the plant mixes up makes them spit out the seeds intact.
June 18, 2012 The generals who have effectively been running things since Hosni Mubarak's regime was toppled in early 2011 will be "around and in charge" for months, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.
June 16, 2012 The faltering U.N. peace plan suffers another blow as the U.N. monitors announce a suspension of their activities. They say they could resume operations, but only if conditions improve.
June 16, 2012 The choice reflects the deep divisions in the country that has been unsettled since its revolution last year. The voting began smoothly with long lines reported at some polling stations in Cairo. Some 50 million Egyptians are eligible to vote Saturday and Sunday.
June 16, 2012 The Yemeni government backed by U.S. advisers say they are pushing out al-Qaida and allied groups in southern Yemen. In one town, the streets are deserted and the buildings are riddled with bullets. In another, residents who sympathize with the militants say they are simply awaiting their return.