Briefly World: Egypt extends emergency laws for two more months

The nearly month-old state of emergency had been due to expire within days.

Published: September 13, 2013 12:57:37 am

Cairo: Egypt’s interim president on Thursday extended a nationwide state of emergency for two more months,preserving greater powers for security forces amid a crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and increasing violence by Islamic militants. The nearly month-old state of emergency had been due to expire within days. The interim government will decide separately on whether to continue the night curfew. Interim PM Hazem el-Beblawi said the curfew,now lasting for 7 hours,may be eased. AP

Saudi Arabia’s literacy rate reaches 96 per cent

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has achieved a remarkable literacy rate of 96 per cent with religious institutions playing a crucial role. About 99 per cent of children,including girls,are now going to schools with one or two new schools opening daily in the country,said Abdul Rahman Al-Modairis,director-general of education in the country’s eastern Province. PTI

Indo-American actor gets 7 years for extortion

Los Angeles: Indian-American actor Vivek Shah,who sent extortion threats to several high-profile people including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein,has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. The 26-year-old actor,who did small roles in TV series Outsourced,Bones and romantic comedy Our Family Weddings,was arrested in August last year for threatening to

kill relatives of several prominent businessmen unless they wired money to an offshore account. pTI

Al-Jazeera launches legal action against Egypt

Cairo: Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV network said it had decided to take legal action in international courts against the Egyptian government for closing its offices,jamming its signals and arresting its reporters. In a statement Thursday,Al-Jazeera said the new regime aims to silence it. AP

US company creates ‘vegetarian’ egg

Washington: Veg egg! In some good news for vegetarians,an artificial egg made entirely from plants has been developed by food scientists at a US company. The company has successfully created faux mayonnaise and a variety of baked goods using the egg substitute. The eggs are made from a “simple,but awesome species of peas,” sorghum and “11 plants particularly awesome”. PTI

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