Egypt’s foreign reserves plunged to the lowest level in at least 15 years, adding new pressure on President Mohamed Mursi to secure an International Monetary Fund loan his government says is key to reviving the economy.
Rape and other forms of extreme sexual violence in Syria, often committed in front of family members, is a major reason for increasing numbers of people to flee their homeland, the International Rescue Commission said.
An Egyptian court suspended the military’s right to arrest civilians, in a win for the Muslim Brotherhood in its power struggle with the ruling generals ahead of an end-June handover of power to the new Islamist president.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s refusal to back a European Union accord has caused a rift with the Liberal Democrats as their leader, Nick Clegg, warned a breakup of the coalition would lead to “economic disaster.”
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the country’s first Kurdish head of state who has sought to balance the nation’s rival ethnic and religious factions, was hospitalized late on Dec. 17 after suffering a stroke, a Kurdish lawmaker said.
After Spain’s rescue of its banks and cash-strapped regions, the 2013 budget reveals a bailout of the power industry to cover 25 billion euros ($32 billion) of debt accumulated by the electricity system.