Briefly World: UN envoy calls for transitional govt in Syria

UN envoy calls for transitional govt in Syria

MOSCOW: International envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday said a transitional government should be granted full executive powers until President Assad's term ends in 2014.

Putin to sign law barring US adoptions

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday said he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. He said the authorities deny access to adopted Russian children and let the Americans suspected of violence towards Russian adoptees go unpunished.

Ailing Bush Senior shifted to ICU

AUSTIN: Former President George H W Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, is in intensive care at a Houston hospital in "guarded condition".

Iran president sacks health minister

TEHRAN: Iranian state TV reported Thursday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed health minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi after her ministry put out a statement criticizing authorities for not providing money to import medicine. Dastjerdi, the sole female member of the cabinet, has been replaced by a temporary caretaker.

Man dies after eating 28 raw eggs for a bet

Moscow: A 20-year-old man in Tunisia died shortly after eating 28 raw eggs for a bet, a local media report said. Dhaou Fatnassi from El Baten bet with his friends he would be able to eat 30 raw eggs for an undisclosed sum of money, Tunisia's Shems FM radio station reported Wednesday.

Mubarak moved to army hospital

CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian strongman ousted last year after 30 years in power, was moved to an army hospital from a prison hospital on Thursday after a fall that raised fresh concerns about his fragile health.

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