Ahmed el-Tayeb, who holds a PhD in Islamic philosophy from the Sorbonne, is expected to be a better face for Egypt's Al Azhar University, which was once preeminent in the Sunni world.
Last month a Germany social welfare ruling blocked entitlement reductions on the grounds that all citizens have a right to participate in social, cultural life.
A man dives into a polluted section of the River Yamuna to scavenge for ornaments and coins left by Hindus at the river bank in New Delhi, India, on March 22. On World Water Day, officials say factories are ignoring regulations and dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution into the river that gives much of the capital its drinking water.
Pope Benedict XVI ordered an investigation into an Irish church.
Three-day strike by British Airways is going ahead Saturday.
Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim led the Dubai assassination investigation, using the latest tools and sleuthing skills to discover who killed Hamas official Mahmoud Abdul Raouf Mohammed.
The debate around exchange rates and trade balances is new again, thanks to the current economic environment.
Singer Michael Jackson, here at age 13 in 1972, was the youngest member of the Jackson Five. The self-proclaimed 'King of Pop' died on June 25, 2009.
Egypt TV showed President Hosni Mubarak sitting up and talking after having surgery last week. The incident had sparked speculation over whether he was too unwell to lead Egypt after nearly three decades in power.
A crackdown on the Russian mafia continued with at least 69 total arrests across Europe. 'We're going to find big mansions and enormous amounts of money,' a Spanish officer said.