World Bulletin/News Desk
President Barack Obama has invited Egypt's newly elected president, Mohamed Mursi, to visit the United States in September, an Egyptian official said on Sunday, reflecting the new ties Washington is cultivating with the region's Islamists.
"President Obama extended an invitation to President Mursi to visit the United States when he attends the U.N. General Assembly in September," Egyptian aide, Yasser Ali, said after Mursi met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.
Burns did not mention the invitation at a news conference earlier.
Washington shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Mursi's win. Mursi formally resigned from the group when he won the presidency.
Kurdish premier Barzani describes the move as a "very important step"
The clashes began when Houthi armed militants blew up the house of tribal leader Yehia Taqi Markoub in the village of Darb Obaid of the Arhab district
Death toll for Central Java disaster stands at 95 with 13 missing
Militants were involved in 2003 attack on General Musharraf
The surprise announcement comes two days ahead of the second round of voting for president and follows a disappointing result for the government
Relations between the two soured when Somaliland, that enjoyed relative peace all through Somalia's civil war period, declared independence through referendum
Al-Qaeda had claimed a Thursday attack by two Katyusha rockets at a gas liquefaction plant co-operated by Total in Balhaf gas export terminal on the Gulf of Aden
Security troops asked everyone in the building to leave, except for the NGO's employees, said the head of the NGO, who was out of the office when the raid started
"I'm going to be doing everything I can to close it," Obama said on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley," program in an interview
France and Lebanon signed a $3 billion Saudi-funded deal in early November to provide French weapons and military equipment to the Lebanese army
An official with the prosecutors' office confirmed media reports that they had traced the location of an IP address linked to the leak and had dispatched investigators to the site.
Four parties contest 135 seats in parliament's lower house
Maher Abu Sabha, the Hamas-appointed director of crossings, said Rafah would open for two days to allow Gazans with serious illnesses to travel to Egypt and beyond for treatment and to allow foreign nationals and students to travel.
Afghan analysts express hope that handing over of former Guantanamo Bay inmates back to Afghanistan would prove handy in resuming the frozen peace negotiations with the Taliban in the days to come
Denouncing a U.N. report as "biased and unfounded", the fighters accused U.N. investigators of intentionally skewing statistics to blame the Taliban.
The spokesman did not reveal the nationalities of the defendants, nor did he disclose the method by which the death sentences were carried out