9 July 2013 Last updated at 08:04 GMT

Egypt unrest: Brotherhood rejects Mansour poll decree

Senior officials in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have rejected a timetable for new elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour.

Leading Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian says the plan for constitutional changes and a vote next year “brings the country back to square one”.

President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army last week after mass protests.

The decree came hours after at least 51 people were killed at a Cairo barracks where his supporters say he is in held.

The Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt’s main Islamist movement, which Mr Morsi belongs to – says its members were fired on at a sit-in for the ousted leader. The army says it responded to an armed provocation.

Tibetan monks celebrating Dalai Lama birthday shot by Chinese police, says rights group

Group had gathered on sacred mountain to mark 78th birthday of Dalai Lama, says International Campaign for Tibet

Police in a restive Tibetan part of south-western China opened fire on a group of monks and others who had gathered to mark the birthday of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seriously injuring at least two of them, a rights group said.

The incident, in Ganzi in Sichuan province, happened on Saturday at the gathering on a sacred mountain to make offerings and burn incense to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday, the US-based International Campaign for Tibet said.

“Large numbers of armed police and soldiers were deployed, with one source reporting at least seven army trucks and police vehicles at the scene,” the group said in an email on Tuesday.

Use of ‘stop and search’ powers by British police criticised by watchdog

Police failed to give ‘sufficient grounds to justify lawful use’ in 27% of cases

Mark Hennessy

 More than a quarter of the inspections carried out on people on British streets by police under controversial “stop and search” powers are questionable, according to a major inquiry by a police watchdog.

Nearly 1.2 million searches – which provoke significant resentment in black communities, particularly in south London – took place in 2011-2012, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

After examining thousands of files, it said police failed to give “sufficient grounds to justify lawful use” in 27 per cent of cases, blamed on police failing to understand the breadth of the powers they enjoy, or poor supervision by senior officers.

Interview with Egyptian Politician ElBaradei: ‘This Was Not a Coup’

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Egyptian politician Mohamed ElBaradei believes last week’s military intervention in Egypt was necessary. In an interview with SPIEGEL he explains why and argues that deposed president Mohammed Morsi was bad for the country.

SPIEGEL: Mr. ElBaradei, you opposed the authoritarian rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. Now, it appears that you will play a significant role in the interim government put in place after military leaders overthrew the democratically elected president of Egypt. Should a Nobel Peace Prize laureate be part of such a coup?

ElBaradei: Let me make one thing clear: This was not a coup. More than 20 million people took to the streets because the situation was no longer acceptable. Without Morsi’s removal from office, we would have been headed toward a fascist state, or there would have been a civil war. It was a painful decision. It was outside the legal framework, but we had no other choice.

South Asia

     Jul 9, ’13

Indian held hostage by democracy
By Kunal Kumar Kundu 


Freedom without responsibility leads to anarchy. The concept of freedom as enshrined in the principle of democracy makes it superior to any other forms of governance, provided that the institutional pillars that uphold the fundamentals of democracy are not undermined by unfettered freedom. 

India, hailed as the world’s largest and vibrant democracy, and the Indians value the fruits of that political system – be it freedom of speech, rule of law or various rights guaranteed to the citizens by the constitution. However, absolute freedom throws up governance challenges that can act as a threat to both the nation and its people. This is best exemplified by the way the institution of politics in India manifests itself. 

Not that rogue politicians are the sole preserve of India

Some in Mexico smell a rat as vote count halted in Baja California

A problem with algorithms is cited in the governor’s race, in which the PAN candidate was ahead of the candidate of the ruling party, PRI.

By Tracy Wilkinson

The election for the prized post of governor of Baja California was thrown into disarray Monday, with both major candidates claiming victory and a preliminary vote count abruptly halted because of what authorities called a math error.

The National Action Party, which has held the job since 1989, when it became the first party to defeat the Institutional Revolutionary Party in an election, was ahead by a few percentage points after polls closed Sunday night, officials said.

But then, with about 97% of preliminary results tallied in a quick count by a private contractor, officials suddenly halted the count and said results would not be available until Wednesday. The officials cited a problem with algorithms.

Some Mexicans smelled a rat.