Cairo: At least 17 people have died and over 60 others injured in clashes between ousted President Mohammed Morsis 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 Shinawatras 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 Musharrafs wife asks Pakistan govt to lift travel ban
Islamabad: Pervez Musharrafs 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 rulers fate will be decided by a special court. Musharrafs wife Sehba wrote to the Interior Ministry requesting it to remove her husbands name from the Exit Control List (ECL),sources in the former presidents legal team said. Her application listed several reasons for ending the foreign travel ban,including 70-year-old Musharrafs sudden illness. A senior government official said only courts could decide about removing Musharrafs name from the Interior Ministrys ECL. The government cannot do anything, the official said.