EGYPT

More charges are lodged against Morsi

For the second time in a week, prosecutors have brought new charges against Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist president, suggesting that Egyptian authorities want to be certain he will be convicted of something.

Morsi, toppled in July by a popularly supported military coup, already faces trial in two other cases - one on charges of inciting the killing of protesters, and the other on charges of aiding terrorism and espionage. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

In the newest charges, which prosecutors referred to a criminal court on Saturday, Morsi is accused of masterminding jailbreaks and a series of related offenses.

The government has stepped up its efforts to vilify Morsi and his followers in the Muslim Brotherhood, and the group has hit back with a series of street protests and an aggressive media campaign. - L.A. Times

GERMANY

Russian rejoins kin

The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was meeting with his son Pavel and his parents, Marina and Boris, who had flown separately to the German capital to meet him, said Christian Hanne, Khodorkovsky's spokesman. "Today is family day," Hanne told the Associated Press. - AP
THAILAND

Crisis deepens

Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party said it would boycott February's general election, deepening a political crisis as protesters called for another major rally Sunday to step up efforts to oust the government and force reforms. A spokesman for the ruling party said the Democrats were guided by the knowledge that they would lose the election. - AP