CAIRO -- Egyptian officials announced a new government Tuesday that excluded members of the country's influential Islamist parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood, and appeared to give an expanded role to the country's powerful military chief.
The new Cabinet, led by one of Egypt's chief economists, replaces the government of President Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed by the military nearly two weeks ago after mass protests against his rule. The formation of the government is part of a military-led transition plan that is supposed to lead to parliamentary elections within six months.
Analysts praised the diversity of the new Cabinet, which included three women, and said it was well qualified to tackle Egypt's escalating crises, including an economy in free-fall. At the same time, they said, any government that owed its existence to the army, rather than voters, and excluded Islamists, Egypt's most successful electoral force, faced immediate questions about its legitimacy.
More cautious on Syria
LONDON -- After leading a determined push with France to remove legal hindrances to arming Syria's rebels, Britain is signaling a more cautious approach, even as British newspaper reports say Prime Minister David Cameron has retreated from the idea altogether.
The reluctance reflects a similar attitude in Washington toward the idea of sending small weaponry to the splintered Syrian insurgents, raising broader questions about the destiny of the rebels as the flow of battle turns against them.
Blame for cyberattacks
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea on Tuesday blamed the North for a wave of cyberattacks that paralyzed 69 websites last month, including those belonging to the presidential office and local media companies.
The Science Ministry said it analyzed damaged servers and personal computers, malicious codes, Internet Protocol addresses and other data used in the attacks, which took place June 25, the 63rd anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Investigators also found similarities between the codes and other hacking methods used in the June disruptions and the cyberattacks that shut down tens of thousands of computers at South Korean broadcasters and banks in March. The South had earlier blamed the North for the March attacks.
Gay activist found dead
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A well-known gay rights activist and journalist has been killed at his home in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde, Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday.
The body of Eric Ohena Lembembe was found by friends Monday evening.
He was the executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS and an outspoken activist for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. His killing follows several attacks in June on the offices of organizations campaigning for gay rights.
Cameroon prosecutes more people for consensual same-sex conduct than almost any other country, according to HRW.
Greek austerity protested
ATHENS, Greece -- Thousands of Greeks walked off the job Tuesday in a 24-hour general strike called by unions opposing a new round of austerity measures that the government has vowed to enact at the urging of the country's foreign creditors.
The sorest point is a much-delayed overhaul of the Civil Service involving thousands of layoffs and wage cuts, which is set for a vote in Parliament tonight. The package must be passed if Athens is to secure the first installment of $9 billion in rescue loans approved last week by eurozone finance ministers.