World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's finance and foreign affairs ministers said on Wednesday they were keeping their posts in a new government being formed by Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, who was appointed by President Mohamed Mursi last week.
Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Saeed confirmed they would stay on after emerging from a meeting with Kandil, who is due to formally unveil his cabinet on Thursday.
Osama Saleh, the head of the General Authority for Investment, said he had been appointed investment minister. Osama Kamal, head of the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding Co, said he had been appointed oil minister.
A little-known technocrat, Kandil was irrigation minister in the outgoing cabinet led by Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri - who was appointed by the military council and a premier under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. Kandil has said he would put qualifications before political allegiances when choosing his cabinet members.
Faced by an economy hit by 18 months of political instability, the new government will need to move fast to address acute economic problems including a looming balance of payments crisis and unaffordable state borrowing costs.
Turkish PM pays two-day visit to Kazakhstan to discuss transportation, energy and trade issues
Three masked gunmen armed with knives and a meat cleaver threatened a family in Salford Manchester. The crime is now being investigated as a race crime.
Just one day after the Shebab overtook the Merka port, Somali and AU troops have retaken the key port
Somalia's Shebab retook their former stronghold of Merka on Friday from African Union troops who pulled out of the port they had held for three-and-a-half years
More than 100 people have been killed from a fever outbreak forcing the UN to launch a response against the epidemic.
On Friday the Pentagon released close to 200 photographs of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006
Despite an assets freeze and travel ban, a commander was able to fly to Chad and a number of other countries.
Leaders agree potential North Korean satellite launch would violate UN sanctions
'Tunisia's parliament made a significant breakthrough for human rights by approving proposed changes in detainee rights,' the rights watchdog says
The meeting will be the first of its kind since a schism in the 11th Century split what was then the only Christian Church into Western and Eastern branches
German and French interior minister stress out that refugee flow from Turkey must be reduced
German chancellor is due to meet Turkish premier to discuss ways to make progress on reducing illegal migration and replacing it with legal migration
Neither Russian president nor foreign minister are planning to contact with their Turkish colleagues
'The AU troops pulled out of the town and Shebab militants entered, and have secured control without fighting'
'Albania is faced with an ecological disaster and we are obliged to take drastic measures against forest exploitation for industry and export,' environment minister says