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New NSA allegations upset Brazil, Mexico

Brazil assailed the United States on Monday after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff’s planned state visit to the White House next month.

A Brazilian news program reported Sunday that the National Security Agency spied on e-mails, phone calls and text messages of Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, a disclosure that could strain Washington’s relations with Latin America’s two biggest nations.

Mexico asked the United States to investigate the allegations, saying they would be a serious violation of its sovereignty if proven true.

Brazil’s government, already smarting from earlier reports that the NSA spied on the e-mails and phone calls of Brazilians, called in U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon and gave the U.S. government until the end of the week to provide a written explanation of the new spying disclosures based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

“I expressed to [Shannon] the Brazilian government’s indignation over the facts revealed in the documents,” Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo said at a news conference.

“From our point of view, this is an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty,” he said.

— Reuters

Judges urge breakup of the Brotherhood

A panel of Egyptian judges recommended Monday that the Muslim Brotherhood be dissolved, adding momentum to a push by authorities to ban ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s main backers.

Since the military deposed Morsi on July 3, it has steadily intensified a crackdown on the Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political organization. Hundreds of its members are in detention and facing prosecution, many on charges of inciting violence.

Morsi has been held in an undisclosed location since his ouster. On Sunday, state prosecutors charged him with inciting the murder of his opponents. A date has yet to be set for the trial; 14 leading Brotherhood members are also charged.

In its recommendation to Egypt’s administrative court, the panel of judges accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law. It also recommended the closure of its Cairo headquarters.

The recommendation is nonbinding for the court, which holds its next hearing Nov. 12.

— Associated Press

Musharraf facing probe in mosque raid

Pakistani police opened an investigation Monday into then-President Pervez Musharraf’s role in the death of a radical cleric during the 2007 raid of a mosque in Islamabad, police said.

Musharraf ordered the raid on the hard-line Red Mosque in response to increasing complaints against its members. Students there had been raiding massage parlors, shops selling movies and other places they deemed centers of vulgarity. Nearly 100 people were killed in the raid.

The case Monday stems from a complaint filed by the son of Abdur Rasheed Ghazi, the mosque cleric who died in the siege.

The son, Haroon Rasheed, had been pushing for Musharraf to be investigated in the case. His lawyer, Tariq Asad, said that police had been refusing to open a case for weeks but that on Monday an Islamabad High Court judge ordered them to do so.

— Associated Press

Mexico investigates possible female vengeance killer: Mexican prosecutors say they are investigating claims that a woman who killed two bus drivers in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez was seeking revenge for alleged sexual abuse of female passengers. The claims made in an e-mail from the self-styled “bus driver hunter” echoed deeply in a city with a grim history of sexual violence against women aboard buses. Authorities have not verified the authenticity of the e-mail sent to media groups.

49 Tunisia prisoners break out of jail: Tunisia’s state news agency said Monday that 49 inmates broke out of jail in a southern coastal town after staging a prison uprising. The report quoted a security official as saying police and soldiers were searching the area around the city of Gabes and had recaptured 13 inmates. It said the escaped prisoners were mostly young people and common criminals.

— From news services