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Egypt to begin mass trial of Morsi backers CAIRO: More than 1,200 supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi face charges Saturday in the country's biggest trial since an August police crackdown, judicial sources said.The mass trial is part of a crackdown by Egypt's military-installed authorities targeting Morsi's supporters who remain steadfast in demanding his reinstatement.Morsi, Egypt's first elected and civilian president, was removed by the army last July. His ouster triggered widespread unrest across a deeply polarised country.Among the defendants in Saturday's trial, to be held in Minya south of Cairo, will be the supreme guide of Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, the sources said.Some websites close to the Brotherhood reported that the trial would be held in six separate courts in Minya over six days, with some defendants expected to be tried in absentia.The alleged attacks on individuals and public property are said to have taken place in southern Egypt in August, after security forces ...

Eleven die in clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli TRIPOLI: Eleven people died in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which also sparked clashes with the Lebanese army, security and medical sources said.It was one of the deadliest days in the Mediterranean port city, which has seen frequent outbreaks of violence since the start of the conflict in neighbouring Syria three years ago.Twenty-seven people have been killed in the last week, ...
State in northeast Nigeria shuts schools after killings MAIDUGURI: Nigeria's northeasterly Borno state has ordered all of its schools to shut to protect children after Islamists killed dozens of pupils in an attack last month, an official from the state Education Ministry and several parents said on Friday. Security officials said the militant Boko Haram group had shot or burned to death at least 29 pupils in a boarding school in northeast Nigeria, although a journalist who counted bodies in the morgue after ...
Libya calls for foreign help to 'eradicate terrorism' TRIPOLI: The Libyan government on Thursday appealed for foreign help to fight terrorism, in its first acknowledgement that "terrorist groups" were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners."There will be no place for terrorism in Libya... and Libyans must be prepared for such a battle in terms of caution, awareness and sacrifice," the government said in a statement which called on the international community to help "eradicate terrorism in Libyan cities".Copyright AFP (Agence ...
South Africa's largest union marches for youth jobs JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's 340,000-strong NUMSA union marched Wednesday to protest a new labour law it says will increase unemployment and poverty, amid a tense stand-off with the ruling ANC weeks before polls.Thousands of people striked and marched across the country in support of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the largest worker organisation in the country, to demand more policies to fight poverty.NUMSA, which largely represents workers in the auto and metal sectors, ...
Teenager, army officers killed in violence in Egypt CAIRO: A 13-year-old boy was shot dead on Wednesday in southern Egypt in clashes between police and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, a health official said. And in Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, two Egyptian soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants, the Interior Ministry said, adding six militants were killed and eight arrested in a raid on a weapons storage facility. Political violence, which has dogged Egypt since ...
C. Africa urges Bangui militias to disarm or face force BANGUI: The Central African defence minister has called on all residents of the capital Bangui to hand in any weapons or be considered military targets.Theophile Timangoa asked the population in a statement read out on state radio late Tuesday "to lay down your arms unconditionally and wait for the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme.""As part of its mission to protect people and property, the army will treat violators as military targets," the minister said.He called ...

 



 
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