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

One of the darkest and most enthralling British espionage stories of the 20th century turns 50 this month, still resonant with sinister meaning. It was on 1 July 1963 that the British government finally admitted what it had known for some time: that Harold Adrian Russell Philby – “Kim” to friends and family – was not merely living in the Soviet Union as a defector and a Russian spy, but was actually the fabled “third man”. Later this archetype of treachery would become known, in the words of his biographer, as “the spy who betrayed a generation”.

Philby was perhaps the most lethal double agent in the annals of British espionage. As a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring and a secret servant of the Soviet intelligence services, Philby was responsible for the betrayal of countless national secrets as well as the brutal elimination of many British agents.

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”.

PNG plan won’t see results before election: Rudd

July 28, 2013 – 3:15PM

Heath Aston

Political reporter

The surge in boat arrivals sparked by Labor’s hardline Papua New Guinea refugee resettlement plan is unlikely to be brought under control before the federal election, Kevin Rudd has indicated.

The Prime Minister conceded it could take “many months” until Australia sees fewer boats despite the arrival of 1300 people on 16 boats since he unveiled the PNG solution on July 19.

In an interview recorded before Saturday’s visit to Afghanistan, Mr Rudd would not commit to any prospect that the policy would begin to show results before voters make their choice – some time before mid-November.

“What I said when I launched the policy … a week or so ago, was that we would need to see the implementation of this policy over a period of time and its effect over many months,” Mr Rudd told Channel Ten.

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.

Some 6.8 million people are eligible to vote at 21,000 polling stations across the country.

Telangana move may reignite clamour for more separate states; Congress worried

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 28, 2013

First Published: 13:18 IST(28/7/2013) | Last Updated: 14:16 IST(28/7/2013)

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.