latest voting should bolster islamist gains
A new set of voters poured into Egyptian polling stations Wednesday for a second round of voting that is expected to boost Islamist parties' control over the soon-to-be-formed Parliament. Many of the nine governorates involved in round two included rural and conservative areas where Islamist parties have strong support. No preliminary results were announced late Wednesday. The final round of parliamentary voting is scheduled for January with a presidential poll to be held in mid 2012. The elections are the first since former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February.
Tax would lift cost of Afghan conflict
Pakistan reportedly plans to tax the supplies for U.S.-led coalition troops that are shipped through its territory to land-locked Afghanistan, in retaliation for the recent deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a "friendly fire" incident. Under a government proposal, a transit tax or fee of about $1,500 will be imposed on every shipping container sent through Pakistan, according to senior military and civilian officials, McClatchy Newspapers reported. The move will add tens or perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the cost of the conflict. The soldiers died when a U.S. helicopter shelled a border checkpoint.
Citadel sued over sex abuse case
A lawsuit against the Citadel says the military college was "grossly negligent" in handling a sex abuse complaint four years ago. The suit was filed Wednesday in Charleston County by attorneys for the mother of a boy who said he was molested by Louis ReVille, who was a counselor at the Citadel's summer camp nine years ago. The college received a complaint in 2007 from a camper who said he was sexually abused at the camp. The Citadel did an internal investigation but did not go to police about ReVille at the time. ReVille is now charged with nine counts of molesting boys in various settings.
Royals tour world in queen's honor
Buckingham Palace says the royal family will tour the globe in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign. The palace said Wednesday a key trip will be the visit of Prince William and his wife, Catherine, to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. The queen turns 86 in April and Prince Philip turns 91 in June. Both will travel in the U.K. to mark her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.