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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.


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.”


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”.

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