Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results. The attorney general's office said the article was "against the national interests and the national security of Afghanistan" and that Matthew Rosenberg must leave within 24 hours. "This decision was taken after the attorney general considered his story on the election deadlock and suggestion of an interim government, quoting unknown high ranking government officials," the attorney general's office said. "Since the election, the New York Times has repeatedly published such articles sourcing them to unknown government officials."
By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.
The mother of American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic State jihadists, on Wednesday paid tribute to her son who she said had died trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people. Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant beheading a man resembling Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria November 2012. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," Foley's mother Diane said in a Facebook message to supporters. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.
By David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England policymakers have broken ranks over interest rates for the first time in three years, with two of them unexpectedly voting to tighten policy, in a move that revives speculation about a 2014 rate hike. Martin Weale and Ian McCafferty - external members of the BoE's nine-member Monetary Policy Committee - voted to raise interest rates to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent, according to minutes of the MPC's Aug. 6-7 meeting released on Wednesday. Their dissenting votes ended the longest period of unanimity in the MPC's history. Sterling strengthened and government bonds fell as expectations an early rise in British interest rates were revived.