World briefs: Sudan's threat called war declaration

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said Sudan's threat to halt its oil exports amounted to a declaration of war and reiterated his government's denial that it supports rebels in the neighboring country.

Sudanese President Umar Bashir said Saturday he was ordering a halt to oil flows from South Sudan because his government has evidence that the south is backing renegade fighters in the western region of Darfur and the southern states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The shutdown will take place within 60 days unless the support ends, Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said Sunday.

New dam worries Egypt

CAIRO -- Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said his government opposes Ethiopia's construction of a dam on the Nile River and called for cooperation on the project to ensure Egypt's interests are protected.

Studies conducted so far by a committee made up of neutral experts and officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have failed to show whether the dam will affect Egypt's share of the Nile, Mr. Qandil said in broadcast remarks.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will generate 6,000 megawatts once built and will be Africa's largest hydropower plant.

PM addresses U.S. drones

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, vented his anger Monday at two recent U.S. drone strikes, all but accusing his country's overbearing military of lying to Pakistanis about its cooperation with the CIA to eliminate terrorism suspects in northwest tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Stopping the strikes, which he and other Pakistani politicians have characterized as a violation of their country's sovereignty, seems hardly certain.

Two strikes have hit Pakistan since Mr. Sharif's ascent to his post was assured -- one on May 30, which killed the deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban, and the other Friday, which killed seven unidentified suspected militants.

Erdogan to meet protesters

ISTANBUL -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to meet with leaders of the protest movement whose opposition to the razing of an Istanbul park was a catalyst for antigovernment demonstrations that began more than a week ago, the government said Monday.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, according to a deputy prime minister and government spokesman, Bulent Arinc.

It was the first sign that Mr. Erdogan, who has denounced the protest organizers and warned them to quit the protests, was willing to engage them in a dialogue.

6 sentenced in bomb plot

LONDON -- Six men from Birmingham in central England received lengthy jail sentences Monday for plotting to bomb a right-wing rally last June.

Authorities said the plot by the men, who appeared motivated by Islamic extremism, failed only because they arrived too late and the rally by the English Defense League had already dispersed.

The six were given sentences of between 18 and 20 years. They were apprehended as the result of a chance encounter with traffic police checking on their expired car insurance.

Telecom monopoly busted

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law a monopoly-busting telecommunications measure Monday that's expected to drive down telephone prices for consumers and cost the country's richest man billions of dollars.

Carlos Slim, the tycoon whose America Movil SAB controls 70 percent of Mexico's cellphone business and 80 percent of the country's landlines, has seen his net worth plummet $5 billion since March, when the law was proposed, as investors sold off the company's stock for fear of the law's impact.

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