Palestinian effort on hold
The Palestinians have done all the legal work necessary to join 63 U.N. agencies, conventions and treaties but haven’t applied yet mainly to give the latest U.S. peace effort a chance to succeed, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Monday. Saeb Erekat said Monday that Palestinians have done “everything” to enable President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to succeed, and “there is a good opportunity now.”
Reaction to abduction
Dozens of Egyptian troops and armored vehicles moved into Sinai on Monday as the government beefed up security in the volatile peninsula after the abduction of six policemen and a border guard by suspected Islamic militants. The security deployment comes a day after the release of a video of the captives, blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs, pleading for President Mohammed Morsi and his defense minister to free them by granting the demands of the men who seized them last week.
A Tunisian feminist who scandalized her country by posting topless photos of herself online has been arrested after allegedly sneaking into Tunisia’s holiest city disguised in a veil, then trying to get undressed during a protest. On Sunday, Amina Tyler — a 19-year-old member of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN, which uses nudity in its protests — passed through heavy security and checkpoints to enter the city of Kairouan, where police were preventing hardline conservative Islamists from holding an annual conference. The protest enraged local residents who converged on her, and police took her into custody.
Riot over shooting
Gangs of youths angered by the police shooting death of an elderly man in a mainly immigrant neighborhood hurled rocks at police and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb early Monday, forcing the evacuation of an apartment block. Around 50 youths were involved in the riots in Husby, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.
Compiled from wire reports.