World briefs: Court upholds crackdown

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CAIRO -- An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a sweeping ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, in a sign of the interim government's determination to keep heavy pressure on the Islamist movement.

The ban, ordered in September, outlaws all Brotherhood-linked groups and activities, and paves the way for the seizure of the movement's assets.

The Brotherhood denounced the ruling, which came just two days after deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was put on trial by the military-backed government. Mr. Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, was ousted in an army-led July 3 coup after a single turbulent year in power.

1 killed in China bombing

BEIJING -- In one of the most sophisticated bombing attacks in China in recent years, seven improvised explosive devices detonated almost simultaneously during the Wednesday morning rush hour at the Communist Party headquarters in the provincial city of Taiyuan.

Initial reports said one person was killed and at least eight injured, one critically.

The bombing comes on the heels of last week's attack at Beijing's Tiananmen Square .That attack left five dead, 40 injured and stoked fears that China was being targeted in a new wave of Islamic terrorism.

Germany bars Snowden

BERLIN -- The German government ruled out granting asylum to Edward Snowden as a top aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed optimism that Germany and the U.S. can rebuild trust after a fallout over spying.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said there's no basis for asylum in Germany for the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor because he's not a victim of political persecution. German authorities will instead seek ways to take testimony from Mr. Snowden in Moscow as part of a probe of NSA activity.

Court releases U.S. couple

DOHA, Qatar -- A court in the wealthy Persian Gulf kingdom of Qatar on Wednesday ordered the temporary release of Matthew and Grace Huang, an American couple accused of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death.

The presiding judge, Abdullah al-Emady, ordered the Huangs not to leave Qatar before a hearing scheduled for Dec. 3.

Dutch want crew released

HAMBURG, Germany -- Russia must release a Greenpeace ship and its 30 crew members who risk as long as seven years in jail on hooliganism charges for protesting drilling in the Arctic, the Netherlands told an international tribunal.

The Dutch-flagged Arctic Sunrise and its activists must be allowed to return home, an aide to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the judges Wednesday at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Famed shipyard to close

LONDON -- For five centuries, since the time of the Tudors, the shipyard in Portsmouth, England, built warships that helped Britain rule the waves and create an empire. On Wednesday, the yard's workers learned the site will be shut.

BAE Systems, Britain's largest military shipbuilder, announced a restructuring plan that will cut 1,775 jobs. Portsmouth, the home of the Royal Navy's command, will be hit hardest and stop building military ships altogether. Shipyards Glasgow and Rosyth in Scotland will face fewer cuts. Scotland, where all of Britain's military shipbuilding will be concentrated, will vote next year on whether to become independent.


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