Mubarak party members allowed to run in elections
CAIRO — Former members of Hosni Mubarak’s political party won legal backing Monday to run in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since the ouster of the longtime leader.
The Supreme Administrative Court overturned a ruling that had barred members of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party from contesting the election in one province. Monday’s ruling applies nationwide and cannot be appealed.
The decision went against the wishes of many segments of the protest movement that took part in Egypt’s uprising, including Islamists, liberals and secular youth groups. However, there was little immediate reaction from those groups, which still have hope that a promised law will weed out some former regime figures found to have been involved in corruption.
London considers missiles to protect Olympics
LONDON — Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said Monday that he rules nothing out to protect London during the 2012 Olympics, including the possible use of surface-to-air missiles.
He told Parliament that if the military recommends it, “appropriate ground-to-air defense” could be in place.
Mr. Hammond was responding to a question from his predecessor Liam Fox, who resigned as defense secretary last month.
Mr. Fox noted that surface-to-air missiles had been in place for the Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta games and asked Mr. Hammond to confirm that there would be “a full level of multilayered defense and deterrence” for the upcoming London event.
Worries grow concerning arms trafficking from Libya
OUAGADOUGOU — Burkina Faso and Niger are concerned about regional security because the conflict in Libya likely has resulted in new arms trafficking, Niger’s prime minister said Monday.
“It is a major concern, the trafficking of arms is a real threat to the region,” Rafini Briji said on a visit to Ouagadougou.