Manhunt continues for suspect in officer's fatal shooting
Thai election could be delayed to 2017 if charter rejected: ministerA general election in Thailand could be delayed until April 2017 if a newly drafted constitution is rejected by a national reform assembly due to convene next month, a deputy prime minister said on Monday. The military government established after a coup last year initially said it wanted an election to restore democracy in late 2015 but later said it had to be delayed until 2016 to give more time for reforms which the military says should bring stability after a decade of factional rivalry. The United States and other allies are keen to see democracy restored as quickly as possible but the deputy prime minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, raised the possibility of a further delay if proposed reforms meet opposition.
Egypt president signs elections law: official gazette
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed into law election-related legislation, the official gazette said on Sunday, opening the way to setting a date for long-delayed parliamentary polls. The election law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to winner-takes-all lists with quotas for women, youth and Christians. The previous law allocated 420 seats to individuals and 120 through lists. Egypt's parliamentary poll was due in March, but was delayed after the Constitutional Court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional. ...
Israeli teen dies of injuries from stabbing at Gay Pride paradeAn Israeli teenager died on Sunday of stab wounds sustained when an ultra-Orthodox man with a knife attacked a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem three days ago, police said. High school student Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people wounded in the assault. "We won't permit the terrible murderer to challenge the basic values on which Israeli society is built." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after sending his condolences to the family.
Israel approves jailing Jewish militants without trial to resolve lethal arson
(This August 2 story was corrected to change number of Palestinians held in detention without trial in paragraph 10 to 391 as of May not 5,442 as of June) By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's security cabinet approved on Sunday the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown aimed at capturing the perpetrators of a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants. Friday's torching of a Palestinian home killed a toddler and seriously injured his parents and brother, causing an outcry abroad and vows by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to crack down on what he deemed "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation". Graffiti in Hebrew reading "revenge" daubed at the site was consistent with past vandalism and other hate crimes by bands of young Jewish zealots targeting Arabs, Christians, peace activists or Israeli army property.
Greece: Stock market reopens with 22 percent loss
Olympics chief vows 'zero tolerance' for results tainted by doping
IOC president Thomas Bach on Monday vowed "zero tolerance" for any Olympics athletics results tainted by doping, but the head of world athletics said new revelations were part of a campaign to "redistribute" medals. Allegations of mass doping made by German broadcaster ARD and the Sunday Times newspaper of Britain have plunged athletics into a new cheating crisis less than three weeks before the world championships start in Beijing. ARD and the Sunday Times obtained an athletics world body database that they said indicated up to one third of medals involving endurance events at world championships and Olympics from 2001 to 2012 were won by competitors who have given suspicious doping tests.
Greek banks stocks dive on stock market openATHENS (Reuters) - Shares in Greece's two biggest lenders National and Piraeus dived on Greek stock market open on Monday, following a five-week shutdown of the market.
Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal
By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month's nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria. Most Gulf Arab states are worried that Iran's July 14 accord with the United States and other powers will hasten detente between Tehran and Washington and embolden Tehran to support paramilitary allies in the region.
Activists: Syria warplane crashes, killing and wounding manyBEIRUT (AP) ? Activists say air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha has killed and wounded dozens of people.