28 July 2013 Last updated at 06:21 GMT
Egypt turmoil: Morsi supporters defy removal threats
Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi have defied threats of removal from their sit-in protest in Cairo, despite the deaths of dozens in clashes with security forces.
Speakers from the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood addressed protesters overnight, saying they would not back down from their demands.
They want Mr Morsi – removed from power by the army on 3 July – reinstated.
But the interior minister has warned them they will “soon” be dispersed.
Meanwhile, the US has expressed deep concern at the bloodshed – the worst since Mr Morsi’s ousting.
US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the violence and called on the Egyptian authorities to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression
Kim Philby, the Observer connection and the establishment world of spies
Fifty years after Kim Philby fled to Moscow while working for the Observer, new light is being shed on the links that united a clubland elite with a taste for secret service adventures
Israeli cabinet set to release Palestinian political prisoners in attempt to restart peace talks
The Israeli cabinet is set to approve this morning the release of more than 100 Palestinian political prisoners in an attempt to restart peace talks between the two sides, which are due to take place in Washington on Tuesday.
Despite fierce opposition on all sides of the political spectrum, the decision is likely to be approved. The prisoners, lauded by many Palestinians as national heroes, are considered terrorists by Israel with most serving sentences for violent offences.
Writing on his Facebook page last night, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, admitted the release of prisoners represented a “very painful decision”.
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28 July 2013 Last updated at 08:26 GMT
Malians vote in presidential election
Voters across Mali are heading to the polls in a presidential election aimed at reuniting the country after months of political turmoil.
Security is tight, with many areas still recovering after a northern rebellion and coup that resulted in foreign military intervention.
There are 27 candidates and if no outright winner emerges, the voting goes to a second round on 11 August.
However, some analysts have questioned whether Mali is ready for the election.
Telangana move may reignite clamour for more separate states; Congress worried
Even as the UPA coordination panel and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) are expected to take a view on Telangana in the next few days, the clamour for separate states of Gorkhaland and Bodoland has worried the Congress leadership which appears set to divide Andhra Pradesh.
The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is spearheading the separate statehood campaign, has called a 72-hour strike from Monday. GJM president Bimal Gurung termed it the start of the final battle for Gorkhaland and declared that he would resign from the post of chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, an autonomous and elected hill council formed in July 2011.