WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyer Neil Eggleston could be looking toward a comfortable retirement on the generous nest egg he built through high-stakes representation of prominent Washington officials and corporate clients. Instead, he's returning to a grueling post at a White House under siege on multiple legal fronts.
Two of Britain's most senior ministers arrived in India on Monday to seek stronger trade and investment links with the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Foreign Secretary William Hague and Finance Minister George Osborne landed in the financial capital Mumbai to start their two-day visit, which is expected to focus on forging deeper defence, infrastructure and other ties between the two countries. "The excitement here is matched by new confidence among international investors abroad in the future of the Indian economy," Osborne was set to tell business leaders in Mumbai later Monday, according to speech excerpts released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "It is a measure of the ambition and drive and pace of the new government of Prime Minister Modi, that this complete turnaround in sentiment about the Indian economy has been achieved in just seven short weeks since that stunning election victory."
Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal's president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country's new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor. Dionne, 54, will be the third prime minister serving under President Macky Sall, after former banker Abdoul Mbaye and Aminata Toure, previously also a justice minister. "Let's roll, so his vision of a solidly united Senegal becomes a reality under the rule of law." Toure was the second woman prime minister in Senegal after Madior Boye, who headed the government between March 2001 and November 2002.
The Conservative-led government on Monday promised to rebalance a "London-focused" economy if it is re-elected in 2015, setting decentralisation as a key battleground in the run-up to the vote. The coalition has been accused of ruling for the benefit of the capital, whose economy dwarfs that of other regions, and a September referendum on Scottish independence has fuelled debate on localised rule. Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday vowed to give local authorities Â£5 billion ($8.6 billion, 6.4 billion euros) to spend on housing, transport links and traineeships across England if he is re-elected. "For too long our economy has been too London-focused and too centralised," Cameron said as he announced the project, which aims to improve transport links to make smaller British cities more attractive for businesses.
Two Palestinians were killed by an Israeli drone strike on southern Gaza early Monday, medical sources said, just hours after two others were killed in a separate attack. Gaza Strip health services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said two Palestinians were killed and two others wounded in the attack east of Rafah. Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, said meanwhile that six of their men were killed by the Israeli strike on Rafah. Witnesses said Qassam members were killed when a tunnel had collapsed on them following the Israeli strike.
Plane travelers who can switch on their cellphones or other electronic devices will be able to take them aboard as part of new security measures, US authorities said Sunday. US-bound travelers from Europe and the Middle East have faced tighter airport security in recent days over fears that Al-Qaeda-linked militants are developing new explosives that could be slipped onto planes undetected. "During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cellphones," the US Transportation Security Administration said in a statement, noting that all electronic devices are screened by security officers. The agency noted that it could "adjust" security measures further in order to provide maximum security to travelers.
Gunmen ambushed and killed a district chief in Sudan's South Darfur, the state governor said on Sunday, after tribal clashes elsewhere in the troubled region reportedly left 18 dead. Abdullah Yasin, the top government official in Katayla district, "was ambushed by armed men and lost as a martyr," South Darfur Governor Adam Mahmoud told Al-Shurooq television. "They are outlaws," Mahmoud said, adding that government troops were searching for the attackers. Rebel violence is no longer the main source of unrest in Darfur, an area about the size of France.