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Rocky road ahead for Egypt president-elect Sisi

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who romped home in Egypt's presidential election after crushing Islamists, faces a tough task to restore stability and revive a battered economy amid fears of a return to autocracy. On Tuesday, the electoral commission declared Sisi won 96.91 percent of the vote on turnout of 47.5 percent, nearly a year after he toppled the country's first freely elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi. The crushing victory over leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi had never been in doubt, with many lauding the retired field marshal as a hero for ending Morsi's year of divisive rule 11 months ago. The United States said it looks forward to working with Sisi but expressed concerns about the "restrictive political environment" in which last week's vote took place.

Iraq, Iran Top World's Unhappiest Countries List

Do you live in one of the world’s unhappiest places? A new study released this week by Gallup cited Iran as the country with the highest negative emotions — a close second behind Iraq. Just last month, six Iranians were arrested in the country for...

US to review Europe troop presence to reassure allies

The United States will review its troop presence in Europe as it seeks to reassure allies they will not be left unprotected after Russia's intervention in Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. President Barack Obama's $1 billion US 'reassurance plan' for eastern Europe announced Tuesday is a key part of such efforts and will involve Washington "reviewing the US force presence in Europe," Hagel said. "In light of the new regional security environment, it would be irresponsible for us not to," he added, in an apparent reference to Ukraine. This is a sensitive issue at the heart of the NATO-Russia treaty that formalised the end of the Cold War and set the parameters for security in Europe with Moscow.

Conflicting reports on death row woman reflect Sudan 'confusion'

Conflicting comments by Sudanese officials over whether a Christian woman sentenced to hang for apostasy will be freed reflect confusion within the Islamist government, hit by international outrage over the verdict, analysts say. Khartoum is torn between hardline Islamists, who demand the execution of the 27-year-old mother of two, who just gave birth to a daughter in prison, and foreign pressure to free her, Sudanese analyst Khaled al-Tijani al-Nur says. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, who was born to a Muslim father, was sentenced to death on May 15 under the Islamic sharia law that has been in place since 1983, and which outlaws conversions under pain of death. Ishag was raised an Orthodox Christian, her mother's religion, married a Christian man originally from South Sudan and already had a 20-month-old son before she gave birth last week.

Sisi to be sworn in as Egypt president Sunday

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted Egypt's first freely-elected leader, will be sworn in as president on Sunday after he overwhelmingly won last week's election, state media reported. The electoral commission on Tuesday said Sisi won 96.91 percent of the vote with a turnout of 47.5 percent, nearly one year after he overthrew Islamist Mohamed Morsi. His crushing victory over sole rival, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, had never been in doubt, with many lauding the retired field marshal as a hero for ending Morsi's year of divisive rule 11 months ago. Sisi will be sworn in at 0730 GMT on Sunday before the general assembly of the Supreme Constitutional Court, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday, quoting Maher Sami, deputy head of the court.

Miss. GOP Senate candidates face likely runoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences.

Hagel says rush to judgment on Bergdahl 'unfair'

BRUSSELS (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it is unfair to the family of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to leap to conclusions about his behavior in uniform.

West: Iran must clear up nuclear arms allegations

VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are sticking to demands that Iran clear up all suspicions it worked on nuclear arms if it wants full sanctions relief — but suggest that won't happen by the July 20 target date.

Correction: Captured Soldier-Unit Members story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 3 about members of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's unit, The Associated Press reported erroneously that John McHugh was the Army chief of staff and a general. He is the civilian secretary of the Army.

Correction: Captured Soldier story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 3 about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, The Associated Press reported erroneously that John McHugh was the Army chief of staff and a general. McHugh is the civilian secretary of the Army.

Hollande made BNP Paribas plea to Obama in April: Elysee

French President Francois Hollande has already written to US President Barack Obama in defence of BNP Paribas bank, threatened with huge sanctions on charges of embargo breaches, Hollande's office said on Wednesday. In a statement before Hollande and Obama meet for dinner, the Elysee Palace said that two months ago the French president urged Obama to take account of what it described as "disproportionate" penalities being lined up to hit the bank. These penalties, which could also include action crimping the bank's ability to provide services in dollars, are reported to amount to more than $10 billion (7.4 billion euros) on charges that BNP broke US sanctions against Iran, Sudan and Cuba between 2002 and 2009. A diplomatic source said that the threat hanging over the bank would would be one of the issues Hollande will raise when he meets Obama for the dinner, against the background of D-Day World War II celebrations.

Californian county votes in health services measure for illegal immigrants

Voters in California's Alameda County passed a measure on Tuesday that is expected to raise $100 million a year for health clinics for illegal immigrants, who are excluded from state programs and the federal Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. On May 23 a measure to include illegal immigrants in the state's Medi-Cal program for the poor to residents who are undocumented stalled in the state senate, and immigration reform proposals have also stalled in U.S. Congress for the past year. "Our elected officials, our constituents, and our health authority see healthcare as a basic human right, to be provided regardless of immigration status," Alex Briscoe, Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, said. About 7 percent of California's population - 2.6 million people - are undocumented, and in 2012 the state spent more than $600 million on emergency room and other health-related services alone for people living in the state illegally.

California voters support plan to spend $600 million for homeless veterans

By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - California residents have voted for a plan to spend $600 million to build houses for homeless veterans in the state with the highest number of ex-servicemen without a roof in the United States. Under the plan backed by voters in a primary election on Tuesday, the state will sell bonds to build apartments and temporary shelters for qualifying veterans or those recovering from physical injuries or mental health issues. California has about 25 percent or 19,000 homeless veterans, according to the Coalition for Veterans Housing support group. With the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of those returning need housing, employment, and mental health and drug treatment.

Obama gives backing to Ukraine's new president

By Natalia Zinets and Roberta Rampton WARSAW (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, offering Kiev financial and security help and saying he was the right choice to lead the country locked in a stand-off with Moscow. At their first meeting since the billionaire confectionary magnate was elected last month against a backdrop of armed clashes in Ukraine's east, Obama said he was impressed by Poroshenko's vision for pulling his nation out of crisis. They reject violence," and want the opportunity to determine their own future, Obama told reporters after meeting Poroshenko in the Polish capital. "That's the hope that President Poroshenko represents," Obama said.

US calls on China to account for Tiananmen on anniversary

The United States on Wednesday called on China to account for those killed, detained, or missing in the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989, as Washington marked the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy revolt. "Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square," the statement from the White House said. It comes as tensions simmer between the two countries on issues ranging from alleged hacking by the Chinese military into private US firms to displeasure in Washington with what it calls Beijing's aggressive behavior in the South China Sea.

Japan to act on child porn possession

Japan edged closer to banning the possession of child pornography on Wednesday, the last major developed country to do so, but paedophilia portrayed in the country's popular manga comics will be exempt. Under current laws, only the production and distribution of child pornography are banned, a situation that campaigners say is damaging to children. A revised law would ban possession of photographs and videos depicting real children, but would exclude "manga" comics and "anime" video, following calls to protect freedom of expression. "The primary reason (for the new rule) is to protect the rights of real children.

Pennsylvania governor badly trails Democratic challenger in poll

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the country, trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by 20 percentage points five months ahead of November's election, a poll released on Wednesday showed. Wolf, a businessman who poured his personal fortune into the four-way race for the Democratic nomination in May, leads Corbett 53 to 33 percent in the governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. "There's no good news anywhere for Gov. Corbett," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said in a statement. "Gov. Tom Corbett looks like easy prey for Democratic challenger Tom Wolf." Corbett has struggled with poor approval ratings for much of his first term as governor.

The real NSA scandal is overseas

Last week Edward Snowden popped up from his exile in Moscow for an exclusive interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams. Like much of the public narrative that has emerged since Snowden absconded with reams of classified documents from the National Security Agency, the interview further muddied the waters about what his historic leaks have revealed.