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Sisi must heed Egytians' demand to run as president

Egypt's top military council said on Monday its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should heed calls to stand in a presidential election. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement "the people's trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people". The statement said Sisi had thanked the military leadership for allowing him "the right to respond to the call of duty".

Egypt army backs Sisi presidential bid: state media

Egypt's military on Monday backed a presidential bid by its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, state media reported. Sisi, who will resign from the army to stand for office, is tipped to easily win a presidential election due to be held by mid-April, with no serious rivals. "The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces by consensus mandated the defence minister (Sisi) to stand in presidential elections," the official MENA news agency reported.

Egypt army meets on Sisi presidential bid: state media

Egypt's top army command discussed a possible presidential bid by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at a meeting on Monday, state media reported. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces "is meeting to discuss developments on the security front, especially in northern Sinai, in addition to looking into other matters including the peoples' demand for the defence minister (Sisi) to run for the presidency," state news agency MENA reported. tgg-sbh-jds/hc

British queen, heir merge media teams

The communications teams of Queen Elizabeth II and her heir, Prince Charles, are to merge, royal sources said Monday, which should help smooth his eventual transition to the throne. The Sunday Telegraph newspaper called the latest move "the clearest indication to date that the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are preparing to hand over an ever-increasing amount of their workload to the younger generations." The switch is expected to take place within the coming months.

UK Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips gives birth to a girl

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, gave birth to a girl on Friday who becomes 16th in line to the British throne, Buckingham Palace said. It is Phillips' first child with her rugby-player husband Mike Tindall and the Queen's fourth great grandchild. The pair are known in Britain for their sporting success with Phillips, 32, the 15th in line to the throne, winning an equestrian silver medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and Tindall, 35, the former captain of the England rugby union team.

Britain's Prince Harry ditches helicopters for desk job

Britain's Prince Harry is to quit flying army Apache helicopters and take up a desk job organising commemorative military events, Kensington Palace said Friday. Captain Wales, as he is known in the military, served in Afghanistan as an Apache co-pilot gunner during his three years with the Army Air Corps. Kensington Palace said in a statement that 29-year-old Harry "has completed his attachment to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and will now take up a Staff Officer role".

Prince Charles, Camilla to visit Manitoba, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. in May

OTTAWA - Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will pay a royal visit to Canada in May. The tour, which comes at the invitation of the federal government, is to include stops in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. The announcement was made today by Governor General David Johnston. "Sharon and I are looking forward to seeing them once again, as they spend some time here in Canada," Johnston said on Twitter.

UAE premier says Egypt's Sisi should stay in army: BBC

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Prime Minister of the UAE, a major financial backer of Egypt after the downfall of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, said the Egyptian army chief was better off staying in the military instead of running for president. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in July, gave his clearest indication yet that he will run for the presidency in comments on Saturday.

Britain's Prince William back at university

Britain's Prince William started a 10-week course in agricultural management at Cambridge University on Tuesday, in a bid to prepare him for future duties. The 31-year-old Duke of Cambridge arrived at the prestigious institution to begin the course, which is intended to give him an understanding of agricultural business and rural communities. Like many students he travelled by train to Cambridge in eastern England from London for his first day -- but unlike others the university's vice chancellor was on hand to greet him.

Egypt's army chief Sisi seen edging closer to presidential bid

By Yasmine Saleh and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - In Egypt, it no longer appears to be a question of if, but when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will declare his candidacy for president. For the second time in three days, local media reported on Monday that Sisi had finally made up his mind.
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