A Pakistani court on Tuesday indicted the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf (pictured) over the 2007 killing of Benazir Bhutto. The move is unprecedented in a country with a history of military rule and in which top brass have been untouchable.
Attacks on Egypt’s Christian minority have multiplied following the bloody crackdown on supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. FRANCE 24 went to meet the caretakers of a burnt-out Coptic church in Giza, near Cairo.
At least 36 Islamist prisoners were killed Sunday during an attempted jailbreak in Cairo, police said, bringing the death toll to almost 800 in the past five days as authorities continued a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
An Islamist group that had called for rallies in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi cancelled some protest marches on Sunday citing security concerns, which comes as the country’s army chief vowed to stand firm.
A UN team of chemical weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus on Sunday. The experts will visit three different sites over two weeks to ascertain whether chemical weapons have been used in the more than two-year Syrian conflict.
The Egyptian cabinet will debate the future of the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday. The deputy prime minister plans to propose measures to assuage conflict with the group, while the prime minister has floated the idea of dissolving it.
Opponents of Egypt’s interim government announced further protests Sunday, as the death toll from four days of violent clashes surpassed 750. Authorities said that the 385 people inside the mosque at Saturday’s tense stand-off had all been arrested.
Israel continues to maintain its silence on the ongoing violence and unrest in Egypt, amid fears that public comment could disrupt strategic military cooperation seen as vital to curbing militant attacks in neighbouring Sinai, officials said.
At least four people were wounded on Saturday after a truck bomb exploded at a major commodities port near Basra, Iraq. Sunni Muslim militant groups have stepped up their insurgency against the country’s Shiite-led government in recent months.