Egypt's Military Council has said the country's constitution must be upheld after the new president Mohammed Mursi defied the decision by the council to dissolve parliament. On president Mursi's orders, the speaker convened the meeting at the parliament on Tuesday. Jon Leyne reports from Cairo.
The statement by the Military Council is being seen by some as a warning to president Mursi. There for the most part, the military are just defending their own decision to dissolve parliament and take most its powers to themselves. The military said they expected all parts of the government to respect the constitution. Those words will infuriate their critics who say that is exactly what the military themselves have failed to do. It follows the decision by the president to recall parliament in direct defiance of the Military Council. Earlier, some MPs were allowed back into the parliament building for the first time since the assembly was dissolved and the military guard placed outside.
A survivor of a massacre in Bosnia has become the first prosecution witness in the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic. The witness, Elvedin Pasic, gave a dramatic account over an attack by Serb forces on his home village in northern Bosnia in 1992. He told the court in The Hague that he and his family fled through a small window while bullets flew outside their house. He later returned to find homes burn down and the child bodies of old people who wouldn't be able to escape.
Prosecutors in Jordan have begun an investigation into a member of parliament who pulled a gun on a rival in a live television talk show. Mansour Murad a former Palestinian guerrilla fighter has filed a lawsuit accusing Mohammed Shawabka of attempted murder. Dale Gavlak reports.
MP Mohammed Shawabka and former lawmaker Mansour Murad were discussing the crisis in neighboring Syria on a private satellite TV channel. When they began trading insults, Mr. Shawabka accused his opponent of working as a spy for the Assad regime. Mr. Murad in turn accused Mr. Shawabka of being an Israeli spy. The heated argument quickly turned into a physical confrontation . Mr. Shawabka threw his shoe at the former deputy and threatened him with a revolver. They continue to shabby each other until the show are probably ended.
Eurozone finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the rescue package for Spanish banks what's up to 124 billion dollars. A single institution might also be created to consolidate in one place all the toxic assets for the country's banking sector.
President Obama has urged Congress to approve the extension of tax cut for the middle class without getting in broad in the debate about the merits of extending them for the wealth too. He said Congress should not hold the vast majority of the Americans and the entire economy hostage to a debate about tax cut for the wealthy adding: let us agree to do what we agree on.
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South Sudan has marked its first anniversary as an independent state with parade and festivities. But president Sallva Kiir has warned his people that they have tough challenges ahead. The president said the biggest threat to a peaceful existence came from Sudan. The two countries have been in loggerheads since the South won the independence with clashes along their borders in the fears dispute over the division of oil revenues.
Reports in the Czech Republic say a judge who sent a group of far right extremists to prison has been found dead. The reports said he had been at his country cottage. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
Judge Miloslav Studnicka made Czech legal history two years ago when he handed down exemplary sentences to four Neo Nazi # who admitted fire bombing a Romani household. Now according to reports in the Czech media he has died found at his country cottage with his throat cut. A police spokeswoman refused to confirm any details in the case. The head of the Czech police said it was too early to say whether he had been murdered.
Rescue workers in Columbia have freed 20 miners who have been trapped in a coal mine after a tunnel collapsed. The men had been cut off when a wagon carrying coal derailed and hit one of the beams supporting the tunnel marking it down. Officials had thought only 15 man were trapped.
Reports from India say the government has bought thousands of documents relating to Mahatma Gandhi, days before they will due to put up for auction in London. The documents which include letters, papers and photos have been expected to fetch up to one million dollars. The material belonged to relatives of a Jewish architect Hermann Kallenbach who became a close friend during his time in South Africa. Researchers say the material as expected to throw a new light on Gandhi's personal life and his political struggle for Indian independence from British rule.