World briefs: More clashes erupt in Cairo

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CAIRO -- Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in weekend sectarian violence clashed Sunday with a mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one and turning Cairo's main Coptic cathedral into a battleground.

The clashes raised tempers in an already tense political atmosphere, as workers shut down the country's trains in a strike over wages and a dispute over the nation's chief prosecutor entered a new phase -- all signs of two years of unending turmoil.

Reacting to Sunday's violence, the Muslim Brotherhood's political party blamed "dubious" attempts by unnamed parties to broaden instability in Egypt by igniting sectarian violence and spreading chaos.

A liberal opposition group, the Popular Current, said the clashes were symptomatic of the failure of the state to protect its citizens, calling on Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his government to resign.

Musharraf can run

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was given approval Sunday to run for parliament next month, a victory for him in what has otherwise been a bumpy return to the country after more than four years in self-imposed exile.

Mr. Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in 1999 but was forced to step down nearly a decade later. Today, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a petition alleging Mr. Musharraf committed treason while in office by sacking the chief justice and suspending the constitution. He also faces death threats from the Pakistani Taliban, who hate the former leader because of his alliance with the United States to fight Islamic militants while in office.

Hackers attack Israeli sites

JERUSALEM -- A loose international coalition of pro-Palestinian computer hackers threatened to carry out what it called "a massive cyberassault" against Israel on Sunday, but the campaign created mostly minor disruptions.

Numerous sites, including some hosted by the government, were briefly closed down or defaced starting on Saturday evening, and some data was stolen, according to Israeli cyberexperts. On Sunday afternoon, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement that government sites were "under DDoS attack," referring to Distributed Denial of Service, a method used by hackers to make sites unavailable.

President pardons some

MOSCOW -- In a possible sign that political tensions are easing in Ukraine, President Viktor F. Yanukovich pardoned the country's second-most prominent political prisoner Sunday, but his intentions concerning his rival remained unclear.

The pardoned prisoner, Yuri V. Lutsenko, is a former interior minister whose arrest in December 2010 on charges that he had abused his office raised concerns that Ukraine's democracy was at risk. The following year, police arrested Mr. Yanukovich's biggest rival, former prime minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko. About a dozen other opposition figures remain in prison.

Antisemitic incidents rose

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli researchers warned Sunday of a sudden upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, topped by a deadly school shooting in France, noting a link to the rise of extremist parties in Europe.

The warnings emerge from an annual report on anti-Semitism in the world, released on the eve of Israel's memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed by German Nazis and their collaborators in World War II.

-- Compiled from news services



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