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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir says he's prepared to enter in talks with his rival and former deputy Riek Machar to end four days of violence that left hundreds dead. The offer of dialogue comes after a direct request from the UN Secretary General which urged him to seek peace at all cost. Mr. Kiir has accused Riek Machar of staging a military coup which Mr. Machar has strongly denied. He counted claims that the President is trying to quash his critics. Danny Eberhard reports.
Diplomats of the United Nations fear South Sudan might be sliding toward civil war. They've called for a political solution. Now President Kiir says he will talk with his arch rival, but he told reporters in Juba that he didn't know what any potential talks with Mr. Machar might achieve. And it's far from clear how any talks would happen. Mr. Machar says he is currently in the vicinity of Juba but on the run from government forces. Some thought a strain of normality has returned to the streets of Juba. But the fighting had spread elsewhere in the meantime.
Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that the ousted former President Mohammed Morsi stand trial on charges of conspiring with foreign militant group to commit terrorist acts in Egypt. More than 30 other Islamists have also been charged. From Cairo, Orla Guerin.
A statement from Egypt's top prosecutor described the latest charges against Mohammed Morsi as the biggest case of conspiracy in the country's history. If convicted, he and fellow leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood could get the death penalty. They are accused of forming an alliance with the militants of Hamas and Hezbollah to carry out violent attacks. Prosecutors claim the Brotherhood targeted security forces in the restive Sinai Peninsula and beyond.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized an investigation into alleged high-level corruption in his government calling it a dirty operation. He told a news conference he would not allow political plotting and he said some people wanted to stop Turkey's rapid growth on the world's stage. From Istanbul our correspondent James Reynolds reports.
The deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has criticized the corruption investigation as a planned operation, but he refused to say who might be behind it. Mr. Arinc spoke after a meeting in the capital Ankara with the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several other ministers. The Deputy Prime also told reporters that the government would not engage in any effort to block the judicial process.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held talks with her French counterpart President Francois Hollande. They are trying to reach a compromise on plans for uniting the Eurozone's banks under one controlling authority. The German government is weary of shouldering some of their responsibility for bailing out foreign banks while French authorities are a main champion of the scheme.
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Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has lost his majority in the lower house of parliament after 37 MPs from his People's Democratic Party defected to the main opposition group, the All Progressives Congress. The APC was boosted last month by recruiting a number of state governors who'd also broken away from Mr. Jonathan's party. The PDP has won everyone national elections since the end of the military rule in 1999.
The Russian parliament has approved an amnesty law which could lead to the release of Greenpeace activists and members of the protest band Pussy Riot. The amnesty could be applied as early as Thursday but opposition politicians wanted it extend to all political prisoners. Faiza Oulahsen is one of the Greenpeace activists set for an early release, but she has mixed feelings.
For now I'm not excited. We are being granted amnesty for peacefully protesting in the Arctic. We did nothing wrong. We've spent in jail for doing nothing wrong, and now we are deemed guilty but granted amnesty and 26 of us will be able to go home after this, sooner or later but what will this mean for our Russian colleagues who still have the rest of their lives in this country.
A court in the United States has convicted a former BP engineer of obstruction of justice in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill three years ago. Kurt Mix was found guilty of deleting hundreds of text messages to his supervisor at BP and a contractor in the weeks after the accident.
A man who was once considered one of the world's top wine collectors has been found guilty of committing fraud by selling fake vintages. A court in New York heard that Rudy Kurniawan had made millions by blending cheap productions in his kitchen in California and selling them to wealthy investors around the world. Labels, empty bottles and recipes were found when the house was raided.