World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi pardoned on Monday all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year.
The pardon covers citizens facing trial and those serving jail sentences except for those convicted of murder, the presidential spokesman said, but did not give a specific number for the pardoned prisoners.
Activists have said that thousands of civilians ended up in army courts in the security vacuum that followed the fall of Mubarak in 2011. The campaign group No to Military Trials had said at least 5,000 political prisoners were still in jail.
Many of those jailed were arrested in the protests that erupted during the 18 months an interim military government was in charge in Egypt under the leadership of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Some prisoners have even been tried since Mursi took office in June.
Gerd Muller echoes Turkish criticisms that EU has failed to uphold its end of refugee deal reached in March
Chief appeals prosecutor files case against Greek court decision to not extradite 2 soldiers involved in Turkey coup bid
Aid workers as well as reporters have been vulnerable recently in the war-torn nation
President Sergio Mattarella would like it to be someone from Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), which is still ahead in the polls despite the PM's fall.
Military officials say delay is due to many 'incidents'
Iraq-Jordan dual pipeline will transfer oil and natural gas, Jordan's energy minister says
Tsunami warning lifted for Pacific island and neighboring areas after tremor damages houses
US intelligence officials announced on October 7, one month before the election, that "the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations."
Battled Maduro gov’t also looking into measures to strengthen its food policies, officials say
Tourism, which brings in nearly $4 billion to Puerto Rico's economy, is the first industry to exit the island's five-year recession, it said.
Adama Barrow was elected as president of the smallest country in West Africa after he beat incumbent President Yahya Jammeh in the December 1 polls.
The country's international creditors -- fellow EU states and the International Monetary Fund -- want Greece to overhaul its labour legislation to make crippling strikes less likely while also facilitating layoffs.
The election comes as a special prosecution office is probing a wiretapping scandal and surrounding corruption allegations.
Since receiving 900,000 asylum requests in 2015, Germany has tightened up its borders and regulations for would be migrants.
Crossings reduced ‘substantially’, but pledged Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme not yet activated, EU report says