INVESTIGATION INTO STUDENT’S MURDER
Prosecutors in Rome have opened an investigation into five Egyptian domestic secret service members and police investigators in connection with the 2016 torture and murder of an Italian researcher. The five are being investigated on abduction charges related to the murder in January 2016 of 28-year-old Giulio Regeni, who was tortured for several days before his body was left on a desert highway north of Cairo.
Prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco said the suspects are believed to have been active participants in Mr Regeni’s abduction.
The launch of the investigation raised tensions with Egypt, which has already bristled at moves by Italy’s lower house to cut off parliamentary relations over the case. Egyptian prosecutors have rejected an Italian request to treat as suspects several policemen involved in the surveillance of Mr Regeni for his work studying trade unions.
GOVERNMENT COALITION IN CRISIS AFTER SPLIT
Belgium’s centre-right government is fighting for survival after the largest coalition party broke away from its three partners and vowed not to back a global, Un-backed migration pact. The right-wing N-VA party started a social media campaign against the migration pact last week – more than two months after prime minister Charles Michel pledged he would sign the pact for Belgium at a meeting next week in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Instead of a coalition break-up, Michel announced he would take the issue to parliament for vote.
“I want parliament to have its say,” Michel said, staving off an immediate collapse of the government that has been in power for three years. “I have the intention to go to Marrakesh and let the position of the parliament be known.”
ALLIES ACCUSE RUSSIA OF VIOLATING NUCLEAR PACT
Nato allies say they have concluded that Russia is in violation of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear treaty.
The ruling paves the way for the United States to leave the pact unless Moscow complies with it.
Foreign ministers from Nato member countries said they “strongly support the finding of the United States that Russia is in material breach of its obligations” under the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after the decision that the United States would suspend its treaty obligations in 60 days over the alleged violations. US president Donald Trump previously threatened to pull out of the bilateral pact. The ministers called on Russia “to return urgently to full and verifiable compliance. It is now up to Russia to preserve the INF Treaty”.