CAIRO – Egypt’s highest security body warned Sunday that the clock is ticking for a peaceful end to the standoff over sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, suggesting that authorities will break up the protests unless mediation efforts produce results soon.
Also, officials said that Yemen’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakkul Karman, was denied entry into Egypt after she landed at Cairo airport.
Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace prize, has stated her opposition to the military coup that ousted fellow Islamist Morsi on July 3.
Cairo airport officials said Tawakkul was sent back on the Sunday flight that brought her to Cairo from the United Arab Emirates.
Israeli Cabinet adds settlements
The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation.
The Cabinet approved a range of housing subsidies and loans for more than 600 Israeli communities deemed national priority areas, expanding an earlier list.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian negotiating team, said Sunday’s vote affirms Palestinian suspicions that Israel seeks the diplomatic shield of negotiations, without being willing to reach an actual partition deal that would make way for a Palestinian state
15 dead after shootings in Iraq
A series of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed 15 people, including a random shooting and the killing of a judge, authorities said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, although security forces and civilians are frequently targeted by al-Qaida’s Iraq branch. At least 612 people have been killed since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, making it the bloodiest Ramadan in Iraq since 2007.
58 Afghans killed in heavy rains
Heavy rains swept across eastern Afghanistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58 people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others remain missing, officials said Sunday.
Rains quickly can weaken the structures of the mud-walled homes that dot the countryside in Afghanistan, causing the buildings to collapse during heavy downpours.
Cable car wreck kills 2 parents; child hurt
Swiss police said a couple were killed and their 1-year old child seriously injured when the cable car they were traveling on fell onto a wooded cliff.
Police in central Schwyz canton said the accident happened Saturday afternoon as the car headed downhill from its top station at Alp Baerlaui. The car came off its cable about 985 yards into its journey and dropped nearly 100 feet. Police said the cable car is designed for transporting goods.