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Egypt formally declares Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group (VIDEO)

EGYPTYMAYDThe Egyptian government on Wednesday formally declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and banned its protests nationwide.
 

Korea Execution Is Tied to Clash Over Businesses NEWYORKTIMES

koreaSEOUL, South Korea — The execution of the uncle of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, had its roots in a firefight between forces loyal to Mr. Kim and those supporting the man who was supposed to be his regent, according to accounts that are being pieced together by South Korean and American officials. The clash was over who would profit from North Korea’s most lucrative exports: coal, clams and crabs.
North Korean military forces were deployed to retake control of one of the sources of those exports, the rich crab and clam fishing grounds that Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of the country’s untested, 30-year-old leader, had seized from the military. In the battle for control of the fishing grounds, the emaciated, poorly trained North Korean forces “were beaten — very badly — by Uncle Jang’s loyalists,” according to one official.
The rout of his forces appears to have been the final straw for Mr. Kim, who saw his 67-year-old uncle as a threat to his authority over the military and, just as important, to his own family’s dwindling sources of revenue. Eventually, at Mr. Kim’s order, the North Korean military came back with a larger force and prevailed. Soon, Mr. Jang’s two top lieutenants were executed.
The two men died in front of a firing squad. But instead of rifles, the squad used antiaircraft machine guns, a form of execution that according to South Korean intelligence officials and news media was similar to the one used against some North Korean artists in August. Days later, Mr. Jang himself was publicly denounced, tried and executed, by more traditional means.
 

EU to lead int''l counter-piracy efforts in 2014. KANU

budhcad_badeedaBRUSSELS,-- The EU announced here Monday that from 1 January, 2014, it will assume for one year the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and will continue the work carried out in 2013 under the chairmanship of the United States. The Group will be chaired by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the EU foreign service, called European External Action Service (EEAS). While the number of hostages has gone down from more than 700 in 2011 to around 50 today, the European Union is strongly committed to bringing this number down to zero: zero ships and zero seafarers in the hands of Somali pirates, stated an EU statement. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton commented that "pirate attacks over the past year have dropped by 95%, but the fight against piracy is not yet won.
 
 

Morsi's former prime minister arrested

qindiEgyptian security forces have arrested the former prime minister of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to one year in jail for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalise a textile firm.
"Security forces managed to arrest Hisham Kandil, former prime minister, in carrying out a court order issued against
him," Egypt's interior ministry said on Tuesday in a written statement. 
"He was caught in a mountain area with smugglers trying to flee to Sudan." 
The judgment against Kandil was issued in April 2012, while Morsi was still in office and was upheld by a higher court in
September. 
The case related to the sale during the Mubarak era of a state-owned firm to a private investor.
 

AfDB Supports Somalia in its Economic and Governance Reforms with a Grant of U.S.$ 3.8 million

african.d.bankThe African Development Bank (AfDB) Board of Directors on 18 December 2013 in Tunis approved the Addendum to the Somalia Country Brief 2013-2015, granting Somalia exceptional eligibility to access Fragile States Facility (FSF) Supplemental Support (Pillar 1) and 50 percent of its African Development Fund (ADF) -12 Performance-Based Allocation (PBA) needed before the end of 2013.
Jointly with the Addendum, the Board also approved the utilization of the 50 percent ADF-12 PBA to finance the Somalia Economic and Governance Institutional Support Project amounting to US$ 3.8 million.
 
 

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