**Peace Envoy Brahimi to Make First Syria Visit **
The new United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria travels to Damascus Thursday in his first official visit to try to revive efforts to halt the country's persistent violence.
Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the trip.
On Wednesday, Brahimi was in Cairo for talks with Arab League officials about the situation in Syria, where 18 months of fighting between government forces and rebels opposed to Mr. Assad has left about 20,000 people dead.
Syrian activists say the killing continued Thursday with deadly shelling by Syrian forces in the northern city of Aleppo.
Brahimi replaced former envoy Kofi Annan, who failed to establish a cease-fire in Syria and open talks on a transitional government.
**Drug Lord Costilla Captured by Mexican Navy**
The Mexican Navy says its forces have captured one of the country's most notorious drug cartel leaders. Costilla was arrested Wednesday in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
Costilla, also known as "El Coss," joined the Gulf Cartel in the 1990s when it was run by Osiel. Costilla remained with the cartel after Osiel was arrested in 2003, and assumed control in 2010 after Osiel's brother was killed in a shootout with Mexican troops.
Mexican authorities had offered a $2.2 million award for his Costilla's arrest, with the U.S. State Department offering an additional $5.5 million bounty.