World Briefs: Egypt sweeps dozens to court

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CAIRO -- Egyptian officials said Sunday that two dozen figures from across the political spectrum -- deposed president Mohammed Morsi among them -- would stand trial for insulting the judiciary.

The move, reported by state media, suggested no easing of authoritarian measures adopted by the interim government in recent months to suppress dissent. It also came one day after Egyptian authorities hailed overwhelming approval of a new constitution, with official results showing that more than 98 percent of voters had endorsed the new national charter.

During its six months in power, the military-backed administration has waged a harsh campaign against Mr. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest and oldest Islamist movement, but has also moved against secularists. In the past two months, many have run afoul of a new law that in effect criminalizes street protests.

Those identified Sunday as facing charges included some prominent figures in the Muslim Brotherhood, but also liberal former members of parliament, an activist blogger who was detained in November and a right-wing talk show host.

This is the fourth court case to be opened against Mr. Morsi, who is due in the criminal dock again next week.

Trierweiler leaves hospital

PARIS -- French first lady Valerie Trierweiler was discharged from a Paris hospital Saturday, eight days after being admitted for shock following revelations of President Francois Hollande's alleged affair with an actress.

Ms. Trierweiler left Pitie Salpetriere Hospital for a presidential residence in Versailles, according to Paris Match magazine, her longtime employer, and other media.

Ms. Trierweiler was admitted to hospital Jan. 10, suffering from what aides described as a "coup de blues" (an attack of the blues) over revelations of an alleged affair between Mr. Hollande and actress Julie Gayet.

Taliban strike compound

BANNU, Pakistan -- A Taliban bombing inside an army compound in northwest Pakistan killed at least 20 troops Sunday, officials and militants said, in one of the deadliest attacks to target the country's forces as they battle insurgents in its volatile frontier.

North Waziristan is considered a safe haven for al-Qaida-linked militants. Pakistani troop convoys often are hit by roadside bombs, but blasts inside military compounds are rare.

Muslims fleeing CAR killed

BANGUI, Central African Republic -- Attackers armed with machetes and clubs ambushed a convoy of Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Central African Republic, killing 22 people, an aid group said Sunday as the country in a state of bloody anarchy awaits a new interim president.

More than 1,000 people have been killed since violence exploded a month ago.

The brutal attack near Bouar underscores how African and French peacekeepers are not reaching remote areas where violence goes unreported, said the British charity Save the Children.

Also in the world ...

With the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons, Israel will halt distribution of gas masks to civilians next month, the government announced Sunday. ... Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand's capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation's increasingly bloody political crisis drags on.

-- Compiled from news services


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