BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Since the fall of communism in 1990, Budapest’s central districts, mainly those straddling the Danube River, have undergone several stages of renewal — raging from simple cosmetic improvements to full reconstructions. Development funds from the European Union over the past 10 years have helped accelerate the process, and Hungary’s capital city is now stunning from many angles. …read more
By Asma Alsharif and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians were initially slow to vote on a hastily added third day of a presidential election on Wednesday after lower-than-expected turnout threatened to damage the credibility of the man widely forecast to win, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In a country polarised since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the low turnout was linked to political apathy, opposition to another military man becoming president, discontent at suppression of freedoms among liberal youth, and calls for a boycott by Islamists. After months of adulation by the media encouraged by his supporters in government, the security services and business, many Egyptians were shocked when the election failed to produce the mass support predicted by Sisi himself. For Sisi, who toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year after mass protests against his rule, the stakes are high.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – The highest price for top-grade Kenyan tea edged up to $3.08 per kg at this week’s auction from $3.06 per kg at last week’s sale, Tea Brokers East Africa said on Wednesday. Kenya is the world’s leading exporter of black tea. The crop is a top foreign exchange earner for east Africa’s largest economy, together with horticultural products and tourism. Prices for Best Broken Pekoe Ones (BP1s) fetched $2.18-$3.08 per kg at the sale held on Monday and Tuesday, compared with $2.10-$3.06 per kg last week. Best Brighter Pekoe Fanning Ones (PF1s) sold at $2.21-$2. …
BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand’s military staged a coup last week, Phil Koenighaus was on a beach enjoying the debauchery of the country’s infamous “Half Moon” festival.
By Andrew Downie SÃO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazilian health and safety officials raided the England and Italy team hotels for next month’s World Cup and confiscated fish, butter, ham and other food past their sell-by dates. More than 50 kilograms of food deemed unfit for consumption was taken from the Portobello Hotel where Italy will stay and another 2kg was removed from England’s Hotel Royal Tulip.