10/13/2013 6:11amA human rights lawyer from central Syria and an amateur soccer player from Syria's Mediterranean port of Latakia found their fates colliding just off Egypt's coastline one afternoon. The two had fled their country's civil war to Egypt, only to flee again _ this time on a smuggler's boat bound for Italy's southern shores.
10/13/2013 8:12amMuslims from across the world poured Sunday into a sprawling tent city in the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, but the number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in the Arabian peninsula.
10/13/2013 8:41amIsrael's prime minister has abandoned a contested labor bill for female settlers that critics claimed would entrench Israeli control of the West Bank.
10/13/2013 8:46amIsrael says it has arrested a pair of Palestinians suspected of killing of a West Bank setter.