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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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20 NT NEWS. Wednesday, June 20, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 0 C O L O R : C M Y K 2012 1000 BarramundiWEEK 1 P e rm it N u m b e r N T L 1 2 / 2 7 Celebrate someone who inspires you Mark Kempton, Daren Parsons and Mark Turner 2011 Pride of Australia Heroism national medallists for their outstanding rescue eorts during the Queensland oods. Nominate online today at prideofaustralia.com.au Sometimes the most selfless people live and work right beside us. Join us in recognising someone in your community by nominating them for a Pride of Australia medal. WORLD l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Victory call in Egypt Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood celebrate a premature victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi in Cairo on Monday. Picture: DANIEL BEREHULAK/GETTY IMAGES CAIRO: Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi has declared victory in Egypts first free presidential election since Hosni Mubaraks ousting 16 months ago. But just as polls were closing, the ruling military council issued constitutional amendments that gave sweeping authority to maintain its grip on power and subordinate the nominal head of state. After the last-minute power grab on Sunday night, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces pledged on Monday to honour its promise to hand over power to the newly elected president by the end of this month. But the constitutional amendments stripped the president of almost all significant powers. The military decreed that it would have legislative authority after a court dissolved parliament, it would control the drafting of a new constitution and would not allow civilian oversight of its significant economic interests or other affairs. Morsi represents the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fundamentalist group which has emerged as the most powerful political faction since the uprising. The Brotherhoods Freedom and Justice Party rejected the constitutional declaration, saying it was no longer within the military councils authority to issue such a decree. Major General Mohammed al-Assar, a senior member of the ruling council, said the generals would transfer power in a grand ceremony at a later date. Defence minister new Saudi heir RIYADH: Saudi Arabian defence minister Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, a halfbrother to the king, has been appointed heir to the throne of the oil-rich kingdom, a royal statement says. King Abdullahs appointment of Salman, 76, as crown prince follows the death of the previous heir apparent - Naif bin Abdul Aziz, another of his halfbrothers - on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland where he had been undergoing medical treatment. Salman, who retains his position as minister for defence, is one of the Sudairy Seven brothers, a group of powerful princes including Naif and previous monarch Fahd bin Abdul Aziz. The Sudairy Seven, the most politically active of the many sons that Princess Hassa al-Sudairy bore to King Abdullahs father King Abdul Aziz, have long been seen as a key alliance within the Saudi royal family. Gut bypass may boost alcohol abuse CHICAGO: The most common type of obesity surgery may increase the chances for alcohol abuse, according to the largest study to show a potential link. Patients who had gastric bypass surgery faced double the risk for excessive drinking, compared with those who had a less drastic weight-loss operation, said a study released online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers asked almost 2000 people about their drinking habits one year before their operations, versus one and two years afterward. Most didnt drink excessively before or after surgery, and increases in drinking didnt occur until two years after surgery. Two years after the surgery, almost 11 per cent, or 103 of 996 bypass patients, had drinking problems, a 50 per cent increase from before surgery. Obama, Putin call for end to Syrian violence Barack Obama DAMASCUS: US President Barack Obama and Russias President Vladimir Putin have called for an immediate end to the Syria conflict as another 70 deaths are reported in a worsening artillery pounding of cities. The call by the rival powers was made as Russia reportedly prepared to send two warships with marines to its naval base in Syria where UN monitors have suspended their patrols because of escalating violence. In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence, the two leaders said in a statement after meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Mexico. We are united in the belief that the Syrian people should have the opportunity to independently and democratically choose their own future, the American and Russian leaders said in Los Cabos. Mr Putin said he and Mr Obama had found many common points on the 15-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Mr Obama said they had agreed on the need for a political process to halt the conflict and had pledged to work with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on the crisis. But there was little sign they had agreed a way to end the conflict which monitors say has now cost more than 14,400 lives.