World briefs: Morsi facing more charges

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CAIRO -- For the second time in a week, prosecutors have brought new charges against deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, suggesting that Egyptian authorities want to be certain he will be convicted of one offense or another.

Mr. Morsi, toppled in July by a popularly supported military coup, already faces trial in two other cases -- one on charges of inciting the killing of protesters, and the other on charges of aiding terrorism and espionage. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

In the newest charges, which prosecutors referred to a criminal court Saturday, the ousted president is accused of masterminding jailbreaks and a series of related offenses. Mr. Morsi escaped from prison in 2011, during the uprising against autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

India transfers envoy

NEW YORK -- Indian officials said Saturday that they had transferred a diplomat who is facing charges in the United States to a job with India's United Nations delegation, a position that could protect her from allegations that she was underpaying a housekeeper.

The diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, 39, the deputy consul general in New York City, has been at the center of a heated battle between the United States and India since she was accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for the housekeeper. Indian officials have complained about what they consider humiliating treatment after Ms. Khobragade was arrested as she left her daughter at school and later strip-searched by the authorities.

New premier approved

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The Somali Parliament on Saturday approved the appointment of Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed, who is expected to lead the government for the next three years as prime minister.

Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud nominated Mr. Ahmed, a Somali-Canadian, after lawmakers forced out Abdi Farah Shirdon as prime minister in a no-confidence vote.

Cambodian statues

PREAH VIHEAR PROVINCE, Cambodia -- Rising out of the jungle on white pillars, the new Preah Vihear Museum's largest building stands empty. But Cambodian officials hope that one day it will be the place where nine ancient statues depicting a dramatic battle scene are reunited from around the world.

They came a step closer to that goal last week, when Sotheby's auction house in New York City agreed to return one of the statues to Cambodia, ending a heated legal battle that began when the U.S. government filed a lawsuit last year at Cambodia's initiative to press for its return.

The decision marks the latest progress in efforts to bring back together the nine figures that once formed a tableau in a tower of the 1,000-year-old Prasat Chen temple. The scene captured a famous duel in Hindu mythology in which the warrior Duryodhana is struck down by his cousin Bhima at the end of a bloody war of succession while seven attendants look on.

Also in the world ...

The Arab League said Saturday it rejects a continued Israeli troop presence on the eastern border of a future state of Palestine, a proposal that Palestinians say was floated by the U.S. earlier this month. ...Gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center Saturday in a tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, killing a medic on duty, officials said. ... Syrian rebels seized control of a strategic hospital near Aleppo, activists said Saturday.


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