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.
The opposition have vowed to put aside differences and impose a single candidate to run against Museveni
Bosnia was trying to obtain new financial support from the IMF. Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda says Bosnia's arrangement with the IMF has been endangered
The statement came hours before Athens was set to default on a loan to the IMF. It was unclear how creditors would respond.
Dutch prosecutor leading the investigation of MH17 says until the end of 2015 the case will be concluded
Serbian president has also opposed an expected UN resolution on the Srebrenica genocide
The French ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, has called on those in charge of air-conditioned public spaces, such as libraries, cinemas and shopping malls, to let in the public for respite from the heat.
Sixty-five out of 74 parliamentarians voted to support the government
Russia has warned that it will respond to the Canadian sanctions which includes sanctions against Gazprom.
Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic said that the 17 hours of EU-facilitated dialogue talks with Pristina delegation, ended no deal.
Pope Francis will address Congress and meet with Raul Castro on his trip to the US and Cuba
Despite wideranging calls for boycott Burundi's electoral comission claims 70 percent attendance
Asked whether she was aware of a last-minute offer to Greece from European Commission, Merkel responded: "All I know is that the last offer from the Commission that I'm aware of is from Friday of last week."
Amazon has launched its one hour service after introducing it in New York
Muslim leaders have expressed their outrage and will raise issue with education minister after t Muslim students at a girls’ high school were being forced to attend Christian church services or face expulsion
Serbia launches sale of 38 state-run media outlets, including Tanjug news agency.
White House’s comment come after Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro García Padilla says it cannot pay its $72 billion debts