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  • Egypt urges voters to cast ballots as Sisi nears presidency

    27 May 2014 12:45 PM 20

    Tue May 27, 2014 12:37pm GMT CAIRO (Reuters) - Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to emerge from a second and final day of voting on Tuesday as Egypt's next president, with the military-backed government seeking to boost turnout by declaring a holiday and extending voting hours. With victory for Sisi a foregone conclusion, turnout will be seen at home and abroad

  • Dumping Carrim an ‘absurd’ move

    27 May 2014 12:19 PM 20

    The SOS Coalition has lamented President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dump his hard-working communications minister and slammed him for splitting the department of communications in two - a move it says will subvert the ANC’s own policy resolutions. The SOS Coalition, which represents trade unions, community media and content producers hoping to support

  • Negotiator: Palestinian unity government this week

    27 May 2014 12:09 PM 14

    Best news photos of the week The longstanding conflict between the rival factions peaked in 2007, when Hamas drove the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas out of the Gaza Strip, leaving his forces confined to the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Since then, both sides have run rival governments in their respective territories on opposite

  • Iranian judge summons Facebook CEO for breach of privacy

    27 May 2014 12:03 PM 28

    DUBAI (Reuters) - A conservative Iranian court opened a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram while also summoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over complaints of privacy violation, state news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday. The case underscores the growing struggle between moderate Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's drive to increase

  • Mark Zuckerberg ordered to appear in court in IRAN to answer complaints about Facebook violating privacy

    27 May 2014 12:03 PM 34

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been ordered by a judge in southern Iran to appear in court to answer complaints about the company violating privacy. Individuals say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy. Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, said a judge has also ordered the two apps to be blocked

  • Sisi eyes big turnout as Egypt vote wraps up

    27 May 2014 11:59 AM 34

    Egypt was wrapping up a presidential election with frontrunner ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi eyeing a strong turnout to give credibility to his overthrow of the elected Islamist president. The retired field marshal's supporters have expressed fears of a low turnout after the first day of voting, as Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and secular dissidents

  • EU leaders to discuss election fallout in Brussels

    27 May 2014 11:53 AM 32

    European leaders are due to meet in Brussels to discuss the fallout of the recent EU elections, amid growing calls for changes to the union. French President Francois Hollande, whose party was beaten by the far right, wants more focus on the economy. UK PM David Cameron will try to pull power back from Brussels, after being beaten by the UK Independence

  • Millionaire shoots sick wife, then himself

    27 May 2014 11:01 AM 38

    London - An elderly British millionaire shot his sick wife dead then turned his shotgun on himself because he was worried about living alone, neighbours said yesterday. Harold Ambrose, 82, rang police to say he had killed his wife Wendy, 77, and was going to take his own life. Officers rushed to the couple’s £1.5 million thatched cottage in the village

  • Spokesman

    27 May 2014 10:44 AM 13

    A German government spokesman has said that German government was astonished by the terrorist attack in China's Xinjiang, and expressed sympathies to the families and relatives of the victims. "The Federal Government has noted with horror of the terrorist attack on a market in Urumqi a few days ago," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert at a press

  • China breaks up another "terrorist gang" in Xinjiang

    27 May 2014 10:44 AM 26

    BEIJING--Chinese police have broken up a "terrorist gang" in the restive western region of Xinjiang, the local government said on May 27, arresting five people conspiring to launch attacks with explosives, days after a deadly blast in the capital, Urumqi. China has announced a year-long anti-terrorism operation in Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur