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World in brief May 31 2018

EGPYT: Tributes have been paid to Egyptian cinema icon Madiha Yousry, who died in Cairo today aged 97.

Her career spanned seven decades and she starred in more than 90 films, making her debut in 1942’s No Love.

Ms Yousry became a member of the upper chamber of the Egyptian parliament in 1998. She was known for her support for the Cuban revolution, and in latter years backed military ruler Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

AUSTRALIA: Health Minister Greg Hunt was accused of misogyny today after swearing repeatedly at the mayor of a town in the Northern Territory.

Fay Miller, the mayor of Katherine, said Mr Hunt had wagged his finger in her face and used “rude words” when she requested funds for healthcare in December. After telling Ms Miller to “get over it” he told her he’d heard she was “feisty.”

Mr Hunt said he “sincerely” regretted his language.

 

TURKEY: The Turkish government has been accused of accelerating “political genocide” against Kurds after more arrests of political opponents.

Police raided the homes of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) members in Diyarbakir yesterday morning. Several people were detained, including the party’s district co-chair and election officers.

Party officials said the government fears the HDP will play a “critical role” in its defeat in next month’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

EL SALVADOR: The US has been accused of funding paramilitaries who carry out extrajudicial killings of suspected gang members.

Since 2003, US administrations have channelled millions of dollars to Salvadorian security services.

However, the UN is bringing a case against a special police force known as the Jaguars amid allegations of extrajudicial killings.

The UN has demanded an end to the “cycle of impunity,” with 43 killed by security services in the first six months of 2017.

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