In Brief: Egyptian opposition leader ElBaradei calls for boycott of 'sham' elections
AN Egyptian opposition leader has called for a boycott of upcoming parliamentary elections.
Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the main opposition National Salvation Front, wrote on Twitter that he is calling for the boycott "to expose sham democracy", as he said he did in a similar call in 2010 under then-president Hosni Mubarak. Mr ElBaradei urged the boycott of the vote called by Islamist president Mohammed Morsi because he "will not be part of an act of deception".
Iran selects nuclear power plant sites
IRAN has selected 16 locations for the construction of nuclear power plants as part of a plan to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity at multiple sites over the next 15 years. The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran has finished studies to select the best locations across the country, and sites were chosen in part for their resistance to earthquakes and military air strikes state TV said.
'No sign' drug lord died in shoot-out
A Guatemalan official said there was no evidence that Mexico's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, had been killed in a shoot-out in the rural north, calling such reports a misunderstanding.
Interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said the original account was based on testimony from residents in San Valentin, near the Mexican border, but that soldiers and police found no sign of any confrontation.
Congo on verge of violence, warns UN
THE UN envoy to Congo is warning that large-scale conflict could erupt again without warning as 11 nations prepare to sign a peace agreement aimed at ending nearly two decades of fighting in the mineral-rich African nation.
Roger Meece told the UN Security Council that the security situation in eastern Congo continues to deteriorate amid increasing fears that the rebel group known as M23, which captured the key city of Goma in November, will resume major military action imminently.
Islamic leaders on trial for war crimes
Thousands of students have rallied in Bangladesh's capital demanding death to several Islamic political party leaders who are on trial for alleged war crimes during the country's 1971 independence war.
Eight top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, the country's largest Islamic party, are being tried on charges of mass killings, rapes and arson during Bangladesh's nine-month war of separation from Pakistan. Earlier this month, a tribunal convicted party leader Abdul Quader Mollah of mass killings during the war and sentenced him to life in prison, a verdict considered lenient by many Bangladeshis.
UK man arrested over Italy murder
A BRITISH man has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of killing one man and the attempted murder of another, according to reports. Jason Peter Marshall, 24, is the prime suspect in the murder of 68-year-old tour guide Vincenzo Iale who was strangled and stabbed to death in his flat on the outskirts of Rome. He was arrested after police traced him using his mobile phone signal.