The captain of the Costa Concordia was not under the effects of drugs when the liner hit a rock that tore a hole in the hull and caused it to capsize near the port of Italy's Giglio island, his lawyer said.
The European Union banned imports of oil from Iran today and imposed a number of other economic sanctions, joining the United States in a new round of measures aimed at deflecting Tehran's nuclear development programme.
EU foreign ministers tightened sanctions against Syria, adding 22 people and eight entities to a list of banned people and groups, and said President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown against protesters was unacceptable.
Euro zone finance ministers rejected as insufficient an offer made by private bondholders to help restructure Greece's debts, sending negotiators back to the drawing board and raising the threat of Greek default.
After being treated with stem cells from a donated human embryo, two women - one legally blind and other with macular degeneration - have improved dramatically, researchers said.
Fighters loyal to ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are in control of the town of Bani Walid, about 200 km (120 miles) south-east of the capital, after attacking a pro-government militia based there, one of the militia members said.
Germany and France pressed today for a rapid deal between Greece and its private creditors that returns its soaring debt to sustainable levels and said they remained committed to a new bailout that is needed by March to avert a disastrous default.
Divers today found two more bodies on deck number four of the Costa Concordia, the capsized cruise liner resting half-submerged near the port of Italy's Giglio island, said Franco Gabrielli, head of the civil protection agency.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged today European governments to increase their financial firewall to prevent Greece's troubles from ensnaring bigger countries like Italy and Spain.
Amidst the escalated diplomatic tension between Argentina and the United Kingdom, today’s edition of British sensationalist newspaper The Sun assures that US energy giant Anadarko made an offer to develop oil rush in the Malvinas Islands.