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Former Brother says Mursi shows group's flaws

CAIRO (Reuters) - Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh says he left Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood because its leaders did not believe in democracy. A year of President Mohamed Mursi's rule has strengthened his view.

All posts open for contest in Umno polls, says Tengku Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirms that all supreme council member posts will be contested in the coming Umno polls.

Swiss greeted by grazing goats on World Cup training pitch

BERNE (Reuters) - Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was greeted with broken goal posts and goats grazing on the pitch when he visited the team's planned World Cup training pitch in Brazil on Wednesday.

Qatar will pursue its 'independent behaviour' - new emir

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's new emir said on Wednesday the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state would not "take direction" from anyone, in an accession speech suggesting the young leader would pursue the assertive, independent-minded foreign policy pioneered by his father.

Qatar to change premier, foreign minister under new emir

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's prime minister, for two decades the driving force behind the Gulf country's rise to global prominence, will quit his posts of premier and foreign minister in an imminent cabinet reshuffle, al Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

New Zealand wants law to widen surveillance of citizens

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand is pushing to change its laws to widen surveillance of citizens by one of its spy agencies, despite growing global concern over the scope and security of such activities following damning revelations of monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

New Zealand wants wider spy agency role in keeping tabs on citizens

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's government is pushing to change the law to widen surveillance of citizens by one of its spy agencies, despite growing global concern over the scope and security of such activities following damning leaks by a former U.S. security contractor.

Army win in Lebanon's Sidon has set sectarian "trap", Sunnis say

SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) - Soldiers strutted confidently down the battle-scarred streets of the Lebanese port of Sidon on Tuesday after routing a radical Sunni Muslim sheikh and his militant supporters in a two-day battle.

Czech president picks leftist PM in snub to majority

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman snubbed the outgoing centre-right coalition by appointing left-wing economist Jiri Rusnok as prime minister on Tuesday, in a step likely to prolong political turmoil by weeks or even months.

Analysis - Bruised Greek government to limp along, toughen stance with lenders

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's weakened coalition government is expected to survive the departure of a junior partner for now but will be forced to resist any fresh demands from its foreign lenders to prevent its tiny parliamentary majority from crumbling.