By HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL | Published: Thu, Jul 4, 2013
CAIRO (AP) — A senior judge was sworn in as Egypt's interim president Thursday to replace ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as the military launched a major crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. Reeling from what it called a military coup against democracy, the group said it would not work with the new political system.
The sweep against the Brotherhood leadership included the group's top leader, a figure venerated among its followers, General Guide Mohammed Badie. He was arrested late Wednesday from a villa where he had been staying at a Mediterranean coastal city and flown by helicopter to Cairo, security officials said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is being kept alive by a breathing machine and faces “impending death,” court documents show, as his family gravesite was restored Thursday.
Mandela's health is “perilous” and he is being kept alive by life support, according to documents filed in the court case that resulted in the remains of the former president's three deceased children being reburied Thursday in their original graves.
“The anticipation of his impending death is based on real and substantial grounds,” the court filing said.
“He's basically gone,” said Charlene Smith, an authorized biographer of the former anti-apartheid leader. “He's not there. He's not there.
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Published: Tue, Jun 25, 2013
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister bluntly rejected U.S. demands to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying Tuesday that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border.
Sergey Lavrov insisted that Russia has nothing to do with Snowden or his travel plans. Lavrov wouldn't say where Snowden is, but he lashed out angrily at Washington for demanding his extradition and warning of negative consequences if Moscow fails to comply. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Moscow to “do the right thing” and turn over Snowden.
“We consider the attempts to accuse Russia of violation of U.S. laws and even some sort of conspiracy, which on top of all that are accompanied by threats, as
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, President Jacob Zuma told journalists at a packed press briefing Monday, calling on people to pray for his recovery and the media not to demand details of his treatment or condition.
With South Africans deeply anxious about Mandela's survival, Zuma, and his spokesman Mac Maharaj, called on journalists to respect the dignity and privacy of the former president and his family and to stop trespassing on the rules of patient-client confidentiality.
“Doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well being and comfort,” Zuma said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says there is a “war on Christianity” funded by American taxpayers.
Paul and other Republican lawmakers considering running for president addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition's conference of religious conservatives on Thursday.
Paul says the war is being waged by -- quote -- “liberal elites at home and across the world.”
Another possible 2016 presidential contender is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He says that it's a mistake for Republicans not to speak out about Christian values. He says human life has value, whether before or after childbirth.