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Egypt satirist who mocked Sisi cancels show

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef said on Monday he has cancelled his television show which mocked ex-army chief and president-in-waiting Abdel Fattah al-Sisi because of "enormous" pressure. The heart surgeon turned comedian, often compared to US satirist Jon Stewart, had moved to Saudi-owned channel MBC last year after his show was suspended by the private Egyptian broadcaster CBC. MBC's Egyptian affiliate which aired the weekly show Al-Bernameg (The Programme) said in April the show would be taken off air in May to avoid "influencing" the presidential election that Sisi won. Sisi won last week's election with more than 90 percent of the vote, riding a wave of nationalistic fervour after deposing the elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Obama Reframes the Climate Debate

The new carbon rules may create short-term pain for Democrats, but over time the party will be rewarded for bringing sanity to this debate.

Mom and Pop on Ukraine’s Battle Line

As separatists fight to open up a secure corridor to Russia, peace-loving families find themselves thrust into the middle of a worsening civil war.

Israel threatens more sanctions against Palestinians

Israel threatened Monday to impose new sanctions against the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority after a new unity government was sworn in under a deal with Gaza rulers Hamas. A security cabinet meeting called to discuss the new Palestinian government decided "to authorise the prime minister (Benjamin Netanyahu) to impose additional sanctions on the Palestinian Authority," Netanyahu's office said, without elaborating. It added that Israel would hold the PA entirely responsible for any attacks on the Jewish state. The long-awaited unity government took the oath before president Mahmud Abbas after a landmark reconciliation deal in April with the Islamist movement Hamas.

7 troops among several dead as Yemen army, Shiites clash

Seven soldiers and several other people were killed Monday in clashes between the Yemeni army and Shiite Huthi rebels close to the capital, tribal and medical sources said. The clashes erupted after troops tried to expel rebels from a strategic position near Amran controling the road to Sanaa, local officials said. Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam, contacted by AFP, declined to give a death toll. And in Sanaa, unknown gunmen opened fire on the home of Prime Minister Mohamed Basindawa, without causing injury, a security source said.

UAW meets to select new president, consider dues increase

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers union opened a four-day convention on Monday where 1,100 members will select a new president and decide whether to approve the first dues increase since 1967. Dennis Williams, the union's 61-year-old secretary-treasurer, is expected to be elected president on Wednesday. While Gary Walkowicz, a union official at a Ford Motor Co plant in Dearborn, Michigan, opposes Williams on the ballot, Williams is expected to win easily. Walkowicz four years ago ran against Bob King, the UAW's outgoing president, and received only a handful of votes.

US court: weapons treaty doesn't apply to love triangle

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that an international chemical weapons treaty should not have been invoked against a woman who tried to poison her rival in a love triangle. In November, the top panel considered the case of an American microbiologist who put arsenic and potassium dichromate on the mailbox and car controls of a friend who had an adulterous fling with her husband and got pregnant. Carol Bond was arrested in the failed attempt to kill the other woman, pleading guilty in 2007 to two counts of the federal crime of having used a chemical weapon. Bond then appealed her conviction to the US Supreme Court, saying the law was supposed to stop terrorists from using chemical arms, not to prosecute individuals.

Malawi's president seeks 'new friends' in China, Russia

Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) - Malawi, traditionally dependent on Western aid donors, will look for "new friends" in countries such as China and Russia, newly elected President Peter Mutharika said at his inauguration Monday. The ceremony at a stadium in the commercial capital Blantyre was boycotted by outgoing president Joyce Banda, who was soundly beaten by Mutharika in disputed elections held on May 20. Mutharika, who takes power in one of the world's poorest countries where 40 percent of the budget comes from aid, said the donor nations were "welcome to stay here".

The Cult of ‘Liquid Sky’

Mikhail Gorbachev watched it after being deposed as Russian President. Hipsters still flock to it. The director of Liquid Sky, which features aliens and drug addicts adrift in early eighties New York, reveals how he made a cult classic.

Syria set for presidential election as war rages on

Syria geared up Monday for an election expected to keep Bashar al-Assad as president but derided as a "farce" and only staged in regime-held parts of the war-ravaged country. A "security plan" has reportedly been put in place in Syrian cities since Sunday, aimed at preventing possible attacks against voters and polling stations, with Tuesday's election being held only in areas under the regime's control. More than 9,000 polling stations have been "secured" across the country, the daily said, advising voters not to be concerned about their safety on election day. For some time, rumours have swirled that polling places in Damascus would be targeted by insurgents positioned in the nearby countryside.

U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Monday that between 2020 and 2030, the U.S. amount of carbon dioxide the proposal would reduce under the plan would be more than double the carbon pollution from the entire power sector in 2012.

US says Russia allows fighters to cross into Ukraine

The United States said Monday that Russia is continuing to support the pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine, despite US sanctions aimed at punishing it for its alleged interference in its neighbor. "There is evidence that Russia continues to allow the free flow of weapons, funds, and fighters across its borders and President (Vladimir) Putin's next steps are still not clear," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said, in a speech in Washington. Lew said the United States had worked with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and its G7 partners to coordinate a response to the crisis and provide Ukraine with financial and technical assistance. "Our goal was to impose a cost on Russia for its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and to deter Russian military intervention in Ukraine," he said, according to prepared remarks for an event at the Center of Strategic and International Studies.

Supreme Court Won't Hear NY Times Reporter's Press Freedom Case

The Supreme Court declined to take up a major press freedom case concerning New York Times reporter and author James Risen’s fight to quash a subpoena for his testimony about confidential sources. The government served a subpoena on Risen in May 2011 seeking his testimony...

After missing soldier's exchange for 5 Taliban, some troubling questions

President Obama called the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years' captivity in Afghanistan "a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield," but some of his fellow soldiers are continuing to claim he deserted his post in 2009.

Debate stirs over US-Taliban captive swap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.

Syria rebel fire on Aleppo 'kills 50 in 2 days'

At least 50 people, including nine children, were killed in two days of rebel mortar and rocket fire on regime-held areas of Aleppo in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Monday. The latest toll from the main northern city comes the day before a presidential election expected to keep incumbent Bashar al-Assad in power. "At least 50 people, including nine children, were killed in mortar and rocket fire on regime-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday and Sunday," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitoring group said the casualties on Saturday and Sunday came after 230 people had been killed in two months of rebel bombardments of areas of Aleppo controlled by the government.

Old school to new wave: Spain under King Juan Carlos

From old-school family values to women's rights and gay marriage, Spanish society was transformed in the four decades of King Juan Carlos's reign. The democratic rebirth he oversaw spawned fast but fragile economic growth that later plunged Spain into economic crisis, however. When a 37-year-old Juan Carlos was crowned on November 22, 1975, he took the throne of a deeply conservative society. After 40 years under the dictator General Francisco Franco, Spain was just starting to reap the fruits of industrial development.

Nine dead in Iraq attacks as unrest spikes

Attacks across Iraq, including in the normally peaceful south, killed nine people Monday after unrest a day earlier left 40 dead, the latest in a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed. The violence comes as political leaders jostle to build alliances amid what is expected to be a months-long period of government formation following April elections, with bloodletting at its worst since Iraq emerged from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war. A spate of bombs went off around Baghdad and in restive Sunni-majority Salaheddin province Monday, as well as in Najaf and Dhi Qar in the typically quiet Shiite-dominated south, officials said. South of Baghdad, a roadside bomb near a secondary school in Mahmudiyah killed a male pupil, and a car bomb near a Shiite mosque in Iskandiriyah killed two people.

India police fire water cannon at gang-rape protesters

Lucknow (India) (AFP) - Indian police fired water cannon on Monday at a group of mainly women protesting against the gang-rape and lynching of two girls in the country's largest state. Several hundred protesters were demanding an end to violence against women outside the office of the chief minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, when riot police tried to disperse the crowd by hosing them, footage broadcast on Indian television showed. The protests came amid a growing uproar over last week's killings in Uttar Pradesh, with the United Nations saying violence against women should be regarded as a matter of basic human rights. "There should be justice for the families of the two teenaged girls and for all the women and girls from lower caste communities who are targeted and raped in rural India," said Lise Grande, the UN's resident coordinator for India.