Six In The Morning

8 July 2013 Last updated at 08:56 GMT

Egypt unrest: Morsi supporters shot dead in Cairo

At least 40 people have been killed in a shooting incident in Cairo, say officials and the Muslim Brotherhood, amid continuing unrest over the removal of President Mohammed Morsi.

The Brotherhood says its members were fired on while they were holding a sit-in at a Presidential Guard barrack.

But the army said a “terrorist group” had tried to storm the barracks.

Mr Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted by the army last week after mass protests.

Scores of people have been killed since the unrest began last weekend.

Mr Morsi is believed to be held at the Presidential Guard Club, in the eastern Nasr City district of the capital.

Obama urged to halt Ramadan force-feeding at Guantánamo

Islamic leaders call on administration to rethink policy towards hunger-striking detainees during religious fast

Islamic community leaders are calling on the Obama administration to rethink its policy of force-feeding hunger-striking detainees in Guantánamo during the month-long fast of Ramadan that begins on Monday.

The US government has said that barring “unforeseen emergency or operational issues” it will respect the daylight fast by trying only to force feed 45 detainees at night. Muslim groups say that by refusing to suspend the practice during Ramadan the US is adding insult to injury.

“We believe it’s wrong to force feed at any time but it is particularly upsetting to do it through Ramadan,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman of the largest US Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He said the situation was Kafkaesque: “It’s not just a religious issue, it’s also a human rights issue in violation of international norms and medical ethics.”


Greece optimistic about next bailout tranche ahead of eurozone talks

Greek officials have expressed confidence that a deal to unlock billions of euros in financial aid is about to be reached. However, there are still doubts about whether EU ministers will approve the release of the funds.

Greece is hoping that eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday will approve the release of 8.1 billion euros ($10.4 billion) to Athens.

Following a week of talks in the Greek capital, which wrapped up on Sunday, officials from both sides said they believed they were close to deal.

Kabul confirms interpreter arrested over torture claims

July 8, 2013 – 12:24PM

Afghan officials have confirmed that they had arrested and were questioning Zakaria Kandahari, whom they have described as an Afghan-American interpreter responsible for torturing and killing civilians while working for a US Special Forces unit.

The arrest of Kandahari, who was sought on charges of murder, torture and abuse of prisoners, was confirmed on Sunday by Major General Manan Farahi, the head of intelligence for the Afghan Defense Ministry.

He said Kandahari, who escaped from an American base in January after President Hamid Karzai demanded his arrest, was captured in Kandahar by the National Directorate of Security, the Afghan intelligence service. There had been speculation for the last three weeks that Kandahari was in custody.

Moz army attacks former Renamo rebel camp

08 JUL 2013 07:52 AFP

Mozambique’s armed forces have attacked a camp of former rebels in the country’s centre where “bandits” terrorised civilians on the road last month.

Mozambique’s army broke up the base of about 50 huts close to the country’s main north-south highway early on Saturday, according to state-run Radio Mozambique on Sunday.

“We evicted some bandits camped in the area,” provincial police commander Joaquim Nido told the radio station.

Official opposition and ex-rebel movement Renamo earlier claimed it repelled government attacks on its camp near the town Muxungue late on Friday and early on Saturday.

Authorities claimed there were no casualties, but Renamo said it had killed government soldiers and independent newspaper A Verdade also reported an unknown number of deaths citing unnamed sources.

Syria rebels in weak position, says SNC chief

Ahmad Jarba says Saudi arms will arrive soon, and rules out talks with regime before balance of power changes.

Last Modified: 08 Jul 2013 01:03

The new president of the opposition Syrian National Coalition has described the rebels’ military position as weak – but vowed the situation would improve with weapons shipments from Saudi Arabia arriving soon.

In an interview on Sunday, Ahmad Jarba told the Reuters news agency that the opposition would not consider attending a proposed US and Russian-sponsored peace conference in Geneva until its position strengthens.

“Geneva in these circumstances is not possible. If we are going to go to Geneva we have to be strong on the ground, unlike the situation now, which is weak,” he said. “We cannot go to Geneva unless we are strong.”


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