70 top experts support Iran deal
More than 70 leading international nuclear nonproliferation experts issued a statement on Tuesday showing their support to the full implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement, which aims to guarantee the peaceful nature of Teheran’s nuclear program. Signers of the statement include Hans Blix, former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency; former senior US nonproliferation officials; former nuclear negotiators; and leading specialists from around the world.
Mandela relative accused of rape
A man identified as one of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, South African police said on Tuesday. Mbuso Mandela, 24, is in police custody and will appear in a Johannesburg magistrates court on Friday for a bail hearing, said police spokeswoman Mashadi Selepe. He appeared briefly in court on Monday when he was charged with rape.
125 students, ill suspects freed
Egypt’s Assistant Prosecutor General Counselor Ali Omran decided on Wednesday to release 125 suspects who were under charges of violence and illegal protest, official news agency MENA reported. Most of the suspects released are students or people who have health problems. The decision was taken “out of the prosecution’s keenness” to avoid harming the suspects, according to the official Nile TV.
FM seeks support for Greek bailout
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged lawmakers to back a third bailout for Greece in a vote on Wednesday, saying while there were no guarantees of success, it would be irresponsible not to give Greeks the chance for a new start. Lawmakers are expected to overwhelmingly support the 86 billion-euro ($95 billion) bailout, though Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a dangerous rebellion in her own party ranks.
Probe on MH370 flaperon finished
The French-led investigation team examining a flaperon found on La Reunion Island has concluded the first phase of inspection, the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center for the search of MH370 said on Wednesday. However, JACC refrained from giving any details of the findings, saying “the French authorities will, in consultation with Malaysia, report on progress in due course.”
AP – Xinhua – Reuters
(China Daily 08/20/2015 page12)