17 killed in clashes as Morsi’s supporters rally in Egypt

Egypt witnessed violent clashes Friday between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the police.

Written by PTI | Published: January 5, 2014 1:09 am

Cairo: At least 17 people have died and over 60 others injured in clashes between ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters and security forces as rallies were staged across Egypt demanding his reinstatement. Egypt witnessed violent clashes Friday between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the police at a level unparallelled in more than two months. The Health Ministry said 17 people were killed in clashes in Cairo and other cities. The violence also left 62 people injured. The ministry said 10 deaths were recorded in Cairo Friday,three in Fayoum,two in Alexandria,and one each in Ismaliya and Minya in upper Egypt. Protesters claimed the figure was much higher.

Thai ruling party to launch election bid amid protests

Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party is due Saturday to kick off campaigning for controversial elections boycotted by the opposition and rejected by anti-government protesters preparing to “shut down” Bangkok. The Puea Thai party will launch its bid for re-election next month with rallies in its northern heartlands and on the outskirts of the capital,which has been shaken by weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations that have left eight people dead and about 400 wounded. “I am confident the campaign will go smoothly — we are not the ones triggering conflict,” said party leader Jarupong Ruangsuwan.

Ailing Musharraf’s wife asks Pakistan govt to lift travel ban

Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf’s wife Saturday requested the Pakistan government to lift a foreign travel ban on him even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the embattled former military ruler’s fate will be decided by a special court. Musharraf’s wife Sehba wrote to the Interior Ministry requesting it to remove her husband’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL),sources in the former president’s legal team said. Her application listed several reasons for ending the foreign travel ban,including 70-year-old Musharraf’s sudden illness. A senior government official said only courts could decide about removing Musharraf’s name from the Interior Ministry’s ECL. “The government cannot do anything,” the official said.

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