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egypt

Military acquiesces to Morsiís power bid

CAIRO (AP) Ė Egyptís military signaled its acquiescence Monday to the presidentís surprise decision to retire the defense minister and chief of staff and retake powers that the nationís top generals grabbed from his office.
President Mohammed Morsiís shake-up of the military on Sunday took the nation by surprise. It transformed his image overnight from a weak leader to a savvy politician who carefully timed his move against the military brass who stripped him of significant powers days before he took office on June 30.
A posting on a Facebook page known to be close to the countryís military said the changes amounted to the ďnaturalĒ handing over of leadership to a younger generation.
RUSSIA

Ministry blasts U.S. over Iran sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) Ė Russiaís Foreign Ministry on Monday harshly criticized new U.S. sanctions on Iran, calling them ďundisguised blackmailĒ and warning that relations between Washington and Moscow would suffer if Russian companies were affected.
On Friday, President Obama signed into law new sanctions on Iranís energy, shipping and financial industries as part of an effort to pressure Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program. The new sanctions would hit foreign companies that mine uranium with Iran or help it export oil by providing tankers, insurance or banking services.
ITALY

Popeís butler to stand trial over alleged leaks

ROME (Bloomberg News) Ė Pope Benedict XVIís butler Paolo Gabriele will stand trial on charges of ďaggravated theftĒ over the alleged leaking of confidential papal documents to the media, the Vatican said.
Claudio Sciarpelletti, a computer analyst in the Secretariat of Stateís office, also will be charged with aiding and abetting Gabriele, according to a statement posted on the Vaticanís website Monday.
Both Gabriele, 45, and Sciarpelletti will be tried by a Vatican court.