Captain faces charges
Prosecutors on Monday 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 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. Prosecutors also requested the indictment of five other crew members.
Peacekeeper is missing
A member of the U.N. peacekeeping force charged with monitoring the cease-fire between Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights is missing, the United Nations said Monday. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey would not say whether the missing person was a military or civilian member of the international or local staff. Austria, Croatia, India, Japan and Philippines are currently contributing military personnel to the force.
Ikea recalls meatballs
Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe’s widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. Stores in the U.S. and Canada were not affected, Ikea said. The company reacted after authorities in the Czech Republic said they had detected horse DNA in tests of 2.2-pound packs of frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork.
Labeling fraud alleged
Authorities are investigating whether some 150 farms in northern Germany made false claims about the quality of their eggs. Prosecutors in the city of Oldenburg suspect the farms sold the eggs as organic or free-range when in fact they didn’t meet strict labeling requirements. A spokesman for the country’s consumer protection ministry said Monday that if suspicions are confirmed it would constitute “large-scale fraud.”
Compiled from wire reports.