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2013-04-21T00:00:00Z Around the worldFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
April 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Germany

Lufthansa cancels most Monday flights

BERLIN - Lufthansa has canceled most flights scheduled on Monday, when the German airline's ground staff plans to stage a one-day strike in a pay dispute.

The airline said Saturday that only about 20 of more than 1,650 scheduled short-haul flights will operate Monday. It said that many long-haul flights also will be hit - only six of 50 planned flights will operate at its main Frankfurt hub, and only three of 17 in Munich. Dusseldorf airport's three scheduled long-haul services will go ahead as scheduled.

Passengers with flights scheduled Monday can rebook for free, and those booked on canceled German domestic flights can use their tickets to travel by train, Lufthansa said.

Iran

Nation will remain 'loyal' to nuke treaty

TEHRAN - Iran's foreign ministry says the country is a committed signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and will continue cooperating with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency.

Five major powers on Friday labeled Iran and North Korea as "serious challenges" to the world's nuclear security, saying they have defied U.N. sanctions. They cited Iran's "continued pursuit of certain nuclear activities" as among the biggest threats to the treaty, the world's most important pact on preventing the spread of nuclear arms.

Responding to the charge, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Iran foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Iran is "loyal" to its commitments under the treaty and will continue working with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Egypt

Morsi to reshuffle Cabinet amid turmoil

CAIRO - Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi says he will reshuffle the Cabinet soon, a key demand of his opposition amid divisive turmoil over a myriad of issues.

In an interview with the Al-Jazeera satellite channel, Morsi said the reshuffle would involve a number of key ministries, although he didn't say how many.

He also did not give a timeline for the Cabinet changes or say which ministries would be affected.

It would be the second reshuffle since Morsi took office in July.

The opposition is demanding a more inclusive government, a key step that could help build consensus for reforms needed for a nearly $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

Pakistan

Musharraf ordered detained for 2 weeks

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani judge on Saturday ordered former military ruler Pervez Musharraf be held in custody for two weeks until the next hearing in a case related to his 2007 decision to sack and detain several judges.

The police then declared Musharraf's lavish country residence a jail, paving way for him to be taken and held there under what is essentially house arrest.

Musharraf was arrested Friday.

The former general, who seized power in a coup and ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade, has seen his fortunes plummet since he returned in March after four years in self-imposed exile.

The judge ruled Saturday that Musharraf would be given judicial remand, which means that he would be held in custody until the next hearing on May 4.

The Associated Press

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