Friday, August 18, 2017
 
 
Egypt's interim rulers name new prosecutor
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's interim authorities named a new prosecutor general on Wednesday, completing a contentious legal process that removed the man appointed by deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Former appeals court judge Hisham Barakat was appointed by Adli Mansour, the interim head...
 
Risk of chemical catastrophe if Syria's Assad goes: UK lawmakers
LONDON (Reuters) - Syria's huge array of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of militants if President Bashar al-Assad was toppled, with catastrophic consequences, according to a report by senior British lawmakers published on Wednesday.

Britain's foreign intelligence serv...
 
Egypt's Brotherhood looks back, Islamist rivals look ahead
By Tom Perry

CAIRO (Reuters) - While Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood looks back in anger at its military removal from power, an ultra-orthodox Islamist party is looking forward in hope to replacing it in voters' favor.

Yet far from celebrating the downfall of its l...
 
Portugal President Cavaco Silva to make statement late Wednesday
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva will make a televised statement at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday after concluding meetings with political parties and lobby groups to end a political crisis in the ruling coalition, a presidency spokesman said.

Prime Minister Ped...
 
Hungary promises teachers 34 percent pay hike, with more to come
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will raise wages for 150,000 teachers from September by an average 34 percent and give further hikes every year until 2017, a government minister said on Wednesday.

The measure could help Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party to cement its comfortable ...
 
Luxembourg spying scandal threatens Juncker government
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg faced the prospect of early elections being called on Wednesday, with a parliamentary debate about a spying scandal threatening to topple long-standing prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker's ruling coalition.

Juncker, who became prime minister in 1995 and ...
 
New Czech PM will talk to parties to try win support
PRAGUE (Reuters) - New Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said on Wednesday he would negotiate with political parties to try to win support for his government in a vote of confidence that could take place around August 8.

The appointment of Rusnok's cabinet by President Milos Zeman on We...
 
Junior partner says quits Morocco coalition, government fate unclear
By Aziz El Yaakoubi

RABAT (Reuters) - The junior party in Morocco's governing coalition confirmed on Wednesday that it had quit over planned cuts in food and energy subsidies, raising the prospect of political instability and possibly an early election in the North African nation.

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Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's prosecutor's office ordered the arrest on Wednesday of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie on charges of inciting violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters where 55 people were killed on Monday, state news agency MENA reported.

Other senior Br...
 
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says leaders not arrested
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said its leaders had not been detained by midday on Wednesday after prosecutors ordered them arrested on charges of inciting violence.

Spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said the announcement of charges against Mohamed Badie and several other Brother...
 



Czech president swears in cabinet in showdown with parliament
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman swore in a cabinet led by a longtime ally on Wednesday that faces almost certain rejection by parties in parliament, raising the prospect of prolonged political uncertainty in the central European nation.

The leftist president confirmed econom...
 
Czech prosecutors mount "breakthrough" organized crime probe
By Jan Lopatka

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The police raids that brought down the Czech Republic's prime minister last month were an off-shoot of another investigation into organized crime which could expose a web of corruption that has spread through this European Union member state.

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Egypt opens border gate to allow stranded Gazans to cross
By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) - Egypt opened its crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for several hours to allow stranded Palestinians to return to the enclave and for others to leave after five days of closure.

The Rafah crossing is the only gateway to the...
 
Czech president appoints cabinet in showdown with parliament
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed a cabinet on Wednesday led by Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok that faces almost certain rejection by parties in parliament.

The leftist president chose the economist Rusnok, a longtime ally and finance minister in a Zeman-led cabinet a de...
 
Egyptian liberal block withdraws statement rejecting decree
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's main liberal alliance withdrew a statement that rejected outright a constitutional decree announced by the state's interim president and issued more mildly worded criticism.

The National Salvation Front (NSF) reiterated that it was not consulted on the dec...
 
Norway's island shooting survivors run for parliament
By Gwladys Fouche

OSLO (Reuters) - On a sunny day in Oslo, Vegard Groeslie Wennesland, a survivor of the shooting at the Labour Party's youth camp on Utoeya island, gives out roses and discusses politics with shoppers.

The 29-year old is hoping to get elected to p...
 
In Pakistan, army adamant on fighting the other Taliban
By Frank Jack Daniel

KALAM, Pakistan (Reuters) - In the past few years, Pakistan's Swat valley has been occupied by Islamic insurgents, undergone a bruising counter-offensive by the army and then flooded by waters that washed away acres of fruit orchards and steeply terraced fields.
 
New Egypt prime minister to start forming cabinet
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's new interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said he would start work on forming his new cabinet on Wednesday, first meeting liberal leaders Mohamed ElBaradei and Ziad Bahaa-Eldin.

Beblawi told Reuters he accepted that it would be difficult to win the unanimous...
 
Faith healing: Going cold turkey in Myanmar behind locked doors
By Andrew R.C. Marshall

NAUNG CHEIN, Myanmar (Reuters) - A year ago, Wun Naung Lay left his village in northern Myanmar to look for work and found heroin instead. Today, the skeletal 25-year-old is locked up and going cold turkey beneath a filthy blanket in a bamboo cell.

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Fugitive Snowden likely Venezuela bound, says U.S. journalist
By Paulo Prada

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will likely accept asylum in Venezuela to escape prosecution in the United States, said Glenn Greenwald, the U.S. journalist who first published the secret documents that Snowden leaked.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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