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Nation & world briefs, June 13

California

Third girl aboard
jet dies from injuries

A girl who was aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed died yesterday, the same day that authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a fire truck.

The disclosure about the teen raised the tragic possibility that she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.

No one knows yet whether the two teens lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed yesterday that Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

Egypt

Thousands demand Morsi be reinstated

Tens of thousands of Islamists rallied yesterday in cities across Egypt, vowing to sustain for months their campaign to restore deposed President Mohammed Morsi to power.

Ten days after the military coup that toppled him, however, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allies appeared to have failed to bring a significantly wider segment of Egyptian society into the streets on their side.

The new military-backed administration of interim President Mansour Adly, along with the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the most prominent Sunni Muslim institution, floated offers for “national reconciliation.” Newly appointed Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi is reportedly promising to finish assembling his cabinet by next week, a government official told Egypt’s state news agency. A presidential spokesman has said the Muslim Brotherhood will be offered posts.

Gunmen kill Syrian rebel commander

Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed a rebel commander in Syria aligned with the Western-backed militias fighting against President Bashar Assad’s regime, the highest-profile casualty of growing tensions between moderate and jihadi fighters among rebel forces.

Observers worried yesterday that the commander’s death will increase distrust and suspicion between forces already at odds over territory and leadership as the nearly three-year civil war continues in Syria.

Loay AlMikdad, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army, said yesterday that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – a group reportedly made up of al-Qaida’s branches in Iraq and Syria – were behind the killing of Kamal Hamami.

The Associated Press

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