International news briefs: 8/31/13

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Egypt protests leave 6 dead

CAIRO -- At least six people were killed and dozens injured Friday in the latest round of protests against Egypt's military-backed interim government.

State media reported that clashes broke out between protesters and supporters of the military; the Muslim Brotherhood said protesters were killed after police opened fire on them.

Thousands of protesters turned out in the capital and across the country, with the numbers less than predicted by some sources. At the same time, some demonstrators said the gatherings were the largest since the July 3 military coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from office. Such claims were especially difficult to verify given that protests were scattered throughout neighborhoods rather than in one central location.

Afghan governor killed

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber slipped into a crowd of mourners at a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Friday morning, waited until the district governor and two of his bodyguards were leaving the mosque, and detonated his vest, killing eight people and wounding 16, officials said.

The attack succeeded in killing Sheikh Sadruddin Saadi, the governor of the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province and the apparent target.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, but analysts said they suspected the Taliban.

M23 rebels withdraw

KINSHASA, Congo -- M23 rebels withdrew from the front lines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after days of assault by Congo's army backed by United Nations peacekeepers, a rebel deputy spokesman said Friday.

M23 withdrew from the town of Kanyaruchinya to allow for an inquiry into the source of mortar fire that killed civilians and a U.N. peacekeeper during fighting that began Aug. 21, the spokesman said. Congo and the U.N. blame M23 for the rocket fire, while neighboring Rwanda, which says 34 rockets have fallen on its territory in the past week, and the M23 blame Congo's army.

Coronavirus deaths rising

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The death of a 38-year-old Jeddah man brought to 50 the number of deaths worldwide attributed to the MERS coronavirus, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Saudi Arabia is at the center of the contagion, accounting for 43 MERS coronavirus deaths since it began last year. Researchers have found the virus in bats in the kingdom.

Serbia's Cabinet revamped

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Prime Minister Ivica Dacic Friday asked lawmakers to approve the former Yugoslav republic's revamped Cabinet today, pledging to stoke economic growth, create jobs and bring the nation closer to European Union entry.

Mr. Dacic and Deputy Premier Aleksandar Vucic introduced the nine new members of the 13-month-old Cabinet Friday, a month after ejecting Mladjan Dinkic, who ran a combined Finance and Economy Ministry, and his party from the government.

Also in the world ...

The National Union of Mineworkers, which represents about 64 percent of gold miners in South Africa, will start a strike over pay from Sept. 3, the Chamber of Mines said Friday. ... The son of the president of the South American country of Suriname has been arrested on U.S. drug and weapon charges, federal prosecutors said Friday. Dino Bouterse, director of Suriname's anti-terrorism unit, was arrested Thursday in Panama by local authorities and turned over to U.S. agents.



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