Thirteen dead migrants found in shipping container in Libya
Tripoli The bodies of 13 migrants who died of suffocation have been recovered from a shipping container in western Libya, the Red Crescent said on Thursday.
ZURICH Blocked assets worth 180 million Swiss francs ($175.52 million)have been unfrozen by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General, the OAG said, after it dropped part of a criminal inquiry related to the Arab Spring in Egypt.
The OAG had been investigating "several" unnamed persons in Switzerland on suspicion of money laundering and supporting or participating in a criminal organisation.
The Swiss inquiry was launched in 2011 following events related to the Arab Spring protests which led to the downfall of long-time Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
The OAG announced the decision to unfreeze the assets following a meeting between Switzerland's Attorney General Michael Lauber and his counterpart in Egypt over the weekend.
Criminal investigations against six unnamed persons are now underway, the OAG said in a statement, while 430 million francs remains frozen.
(Reporting by John Revill. Editing by Jane Merriman)
PARIS French police fired tear gas on Thursday at youths who hurled projectiles and vandalised property on the fringes of a student demonstration against the alleged rape of a young black man by police using a baton.
PARIS France's presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as opinion polls began to show centrist Emmanuel Macron benefiting from an alliance with a veteran politician that could help him beat the far-right's Marine Le Pen and win power at the age of 39.