World briefs: Court tosses TV show suit

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CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.

Judge Hassouna Tawfiq said the court dropped the complaint against Bassem Youssef's "ElBernameg," or "The Program," because the plaintiff did not have an interest in the case. Mr. Youssef still faces other investigations related to the show but the ruling may set a precedent.

S. Koreans leave factory

SEOUL, South Korea -- The North Korean factory park that is the last vestige of cooperation with the South moved closer to paralysis Saturday as nearly 100 South Korean workers went home across a border that Pyongyang has closed in the return direction.

South Korean workers who left the Kaesong industrial complex just north of the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone said their companies were running out of raw materials that ordinarily would be trucked in from the South.

Suicide bomber kills 20

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in Iraq's upcoming regional elections, killing 20 people, officials said.

The blast ripped through a hospitality tent pitched next to the house of Muthana al-Jourani, who is running for the provincial council and held the lunch rally for supporters, councilman Sadiq al-Huseini said.

Mandela goes home

JOHANNESBURG -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital on Saturday following treatment for pneumonia, the presidency said.

A statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma said there had been "a sustained and gradual improvement" in the condition of Mr. Mandela, who was admitted to a hospital on the night of March 27.

Lebanon gets new leader

BEIRUT -- A British-educated lawmaker from a prominent political family was named Lebanon's new prime minister Saturday, and vowed to work toward ending divisions in the nation and preventing the civil war in neighboring Syria from spilling over into the country.

Tammam Salam, 68, a a former culture minister, was asked by President Michel Suleiman to head a new government.

Toxic water in Japan

TOKYO -- Tens of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked from a large underground storage pool at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, and thousands more gallons could seep out before the faulty pool can be emptied, the plant's operator said Saturday.

About 120 tons, or almost 32,000 gallons, of highly contaminated water appeared to have breached the inner protective lining of the pool at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said.

Corruption case in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's Public Ministry, a body of independent public prosecutors, has begun an investigation into a claim connecting former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to a vast vote-buying scheme that involved the channeling of funds to the governing Workers' Party.

The inquiry opens a new phase in what has arguably been Brazil's largest corruption scandal, already involving the conviction of Mr. da Silva's powerful former chief of staff, Jose Dirceu de Oliveira e Silva, on conspiracy and bribery charges last year.



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