Former U.N. nuclear agency chief ElBaradei eyes run for Egypt's top job

Cairo

Ex-nuclear boss May run for Egypt president

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former United Nations nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei is shaking up Cairo's entrenched political elite by eyeing a run for the presidency. Hundreds of Egyptians chanting "We want change!" welcomed ElBaradei at Cairo's airport on Friday as the former head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency returned for the first time since leaving his U.N. post. Arguably Egypt's best-known international public face, ElBaradei represents the stiffest challenge yet to Hosni Mubarak, 81, who has been president for 28 years.

HAVANA

U.S., Cuba discuss immigration issues

Cuba offered restrained praise of talks on immigration with U.S. diplomats on Friday, but there was no mention of progress on thornier subjects. Cuba said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dagoberto Rodriguez met with Craig Kelly, a deputy assistant secretary of state and the highest ranking American official to come to the island in years. The U.S. side had no immediate comment.

Elsewhere

Niger: A junta that seized power in a coup in the uranium-rich West African nation named platoon commander Salou Djibo as its leader Friday. President Mamadou Tandja's whereabouts remained unknown.

Morocco: Heavy rain caused a minaret of the 400-year-old Bab Berdieyinne Mosque to collapse Friday, killing 36 people and injuring 71 in the city of Meknes, officials said.

Times wires

Former U.N. nuclear agency chief ElBaradei eyes run for Egypt's top job 02/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 10:47pm]

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