Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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ROME -- Italian prosecutors today officially requested an indictment of the Costa Concordia's captain on manslaughter charges in the shipwreck of the cruise liner that killed 32 people last year off the Tuscan coast.

Prosecutors based in Grosseto, Tuscany, also are seeking a trial for Francesco Schettino, the captain of the luxury cruise liner, on charges of causing a shipwreck and abandoning the vessel during the frantic and confused evacuation of passengers and crew.

The Concordia was conducting a publicity stunt off the coast of tiny Giglio island the night of Jan. 13, 2012, prosecutors say, when it slammed into a jagged reef, which speared the ship and left a 230- foot gash in the hull. The cruise liner quickly took on water and capsized, ending on its side near the island's port.


SAEER, West Bank -- A Palestinian man who died under disputed circumstances in Israeli custody was given a hero's funeral today, with thousands thronging his gravesite and Palestinian police firing a 21-gun salute.

Palestinian officials, citing an autopsy, say Arafat Jaradat was tortured during Israeli interrogation, while Israeli officials said more tests are needed to determine the cause of death.

The weekend death of the 30-year-old gas station attendant and father of two comes amid rising West Bank tensions that have prompted talk in Israel about the possibility of a new Palestinian uprising. There have also been daily protests in support of some 4,600 Palestinians held by Israel.

Palestinian and Israeli officials traded accusations today, each saying the other was trying to exploit the latest unrest for political gains.


STOCKHOLM -- Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal today as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.

The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in2.2 pound packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. …

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