- - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

EGYPT

Mubarak, sons to go to trial on Aug. 3

CAIRO — Former President Hosni Mubarak, who held absolute power in Egypt for nearly 30 years, goes on trial Aug. 3 charged with corruption and intentionally killing protesters, a court official said Wednesday.

The ousted leader’s two sons will be tried at the same time on charges of corruption.

The Middle East News Agency said Abdel-Aziz Omar, head of the Court of Appeals, set the trial date that will put Mr. Mubarak and his sons in the dock six months after the former president transferred power to a military council on Feb. 11.

EL SALVADOR

Official: Mexican cartels seek army weapons

SAN SALVADOR — Mexican drug cartels are trying to buy high-powered weapons from military and police forces in Central America, according to El Salvador’s defense minister, Gen. David Munguia.

Mexican officials have long said most of the guns used by the cartels are smuggled in from the United States. But Gen. Munguia warned Tuesday that the Mexican gangs that have expanded into Central America also are trying to buy weapons there.

“There is a real threat, that is true,” Gen. Munguia told the local television station Channel 33. “All the armies in Central America, the police forces and municipal police, everyone who [has] weapons, should be on alert and take measures to avoid them being stolen.”

SOUTH KOREA

North Korea rejects proposal for summits

SEOUL — North Korea on Wednesday said South Korea begged for talks between the two countries’ leaders and offered “envelopes of cash,” but that it rejected the proposal because Seoul leaked distorted information about a secret preparatory meeting.

South Korea quickly expressed regret over the North Korean statement, calling it a “unilateral claim that distorted our sincerity.”

Animosity has continued between the Koreas since two deadly attacks blamed on North Korea last year.

The North has denied involvement in the sinking of a warship in March that killed 46 South Korean sailors and argued that a November artillery barrage that killed four was provoked by South Korean firing drills.

BRAZIL

World Bank, cities pledge greenhouse gas reduction

SAO PAULO — The World Bank and 40 cities from around the world joined forces Wednesday with a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The bank reached the agreement with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition founded in 2005 with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. Its chairman is New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Mr. Bloomberg, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and former President Bill Clinton announced the new partnership during the opening session of the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit.

All three say the partnership will help cities finance projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions while also supporting growth.

MIDDLE EAST

France: Mideast talks must resume by September

ROME — French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks by September or face “consequences,” after meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Rome on Wednesday.

“If nothing happens by September, France … has already said that there will be consequences,” Mr. Juppe told reporters at the close of the talks. “The deadline is September. Something absolutely must happen by September.”

The talks have been on hold since September 2010, when they ground to a halt over Israeli settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

Mr. Juppe is to travel on to Israel and the Palestinian territories with a message from President Nicolas Sarkozy telling both sides that peace is now within reach and that the current stalemate is untenable.

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