World Bulletin / News Desk
Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood was elected president of Egypt with 51.7 percent of last weekend's run-off vote, defeating former general Ahmed Shafik, the state election committee said on Sunday.
He succeeds Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown 16 months ago after a popular uprising. The military council which has ruled the biggest Arab nation since then has this month curbed the powers of the presidency, meaning the head of state will have to work closely with the army on a planned democratic constitution.
Thousands of Brotherhood supporters burst into cheers on Cairo's Tahrir Square, waving national flags and chanting "Allahu Akbar!" or God is Great, greeting a dramatic victory.
Morsy, a 60-year-old, U.S.-educated engineer who spent time in jail under Mubarak, won the first round ballot in May with a little under a quarter of the vote. He has pledged to form an inclusive government to appeal to the many Egyptians, including a large Christian minority.
The military council will retain control of the biggest army in the Middle East, whose closest ally is the United States. Morsy has said he will respect international treaties, notably that signed with Israel in 1979, on which much U.S. aid depends.
"President Morsy will struggle to control the levers of state," Elijah Zarwan, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said in Cairo. "He will likely face foot-dragging and perhaps outright attempts to undermine his initiatives from key institutions. Faced with such resistance, frustration may tempt him fall into the trap of attempting to throw his new weight around," Zarwan told Reuters. "This would be a mistake.
"His challenge is to lead a bitterly divided, fearful, and angry population toward a peaceful democratic outcome, without becoming a reviled scapegoat for continued military rule."
Assad's comments, in an interview published by Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Monday, appeared to contradict remarks by Moscow suggesting any Russian arms supplies to Damascus were agreed before the conflict began.
Watchdog urged security agencies to avoid being used to cause chaos in the country
Unknown gunmen shot and injured two policemen in a patrol car in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh late on Sunday
"Police on duty near the spot caught two attackers red-handed with three machetes as they were fleeing the scene after the incident," police official Humayan Kabir told Reuters.
India is readying the evacuation of nationals from the capital of Yemen on Monday, after four nights of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthis forces.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the flood of Internet traffic to GitHub came from Chinese search engineBaidu Inc , targeting two GitHub pages that linked to copies of sites banned in China.
The state government had slammed a 24-hour curfew Sunday after similar attacks
A Commission spokeswoman has also confirmed that the EU was looking into the fuel supply deal, but was not blocking the Paks construction. The EU has not yet commented on the state aid aspects of the project.
The secretary general's visit comes as Iraq remains mired in war with the militant group ISIL, which occupies nearly one-third of the country.
Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Queen Elizabeth dissolves parliament at Cameron's behest, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy.
An Afghan member of parliament survived a targeted suicide attack in Kabul on Sunday but three people including a child were killed and eight others injured, police and government sources said.
This year, March has been the wettest month in more than a century, wrecking millions of hectares of winter crops. The crop damage has been blamed for a spate of rural suicides in recent weeks.
the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been holding marathon negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations
The far right’s National Front failed to win a single council despite historically high scores at the local level.
"I am very much hopeful that we will have success in coming hours" British Foreign Secretary Hammond says over an anticipated deal on Iran's nuclear program