By Tom Perry and Omar Fahmy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt referred to trial deposed President Mohamed Mursi and 129 others, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, on Saturday on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. These are the third set of charges brought against Mursi since he was ousted by the army in July amid street protests against his rule and they intensify the relentless repression of his Muslim Brotherhood group in the months that followed. Earlier this week, the prosecutor ordered Mursi and 35 other Brotherhood leaders to stand trial in a separate case that charges them with plotting with foreigners including Hamas and Hezbollah to carry out a terrorist conspiracy against Egypt.
Syrian forces are "wreaking disaster" on Aleppo, killing hundreds in air strikes on the city, Human Rights Watch said Saturday, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Iran's foreign minister. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), meanwhile, said the body of Abbas Khan, a British doctor who died in a Syrian jail, was to be transported to Beirut. "Government forces have really been wreaking disaster on Aleppo in the last month, killing men, women, and children alike," said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch (HRW).
US retailer Target is making up for a major IT security breach by offering its customers in the United States on Saturday and Sunday a ten-percent discount on any single purchase. Some 40 million customers may have had information from their credit and debit cards compromised by hackers who broke into its database between November 27 and December 15, Target said Thursday. The next day company CEO Gregg Steinhafel appeared in a videos posted on a company website in which he explained the security breach, apologized for delays at company call centers, and extended the offer. Steinhafel also said that customers "will not be held financially responsible for any credit and debit card fraud," and for extra assurance, Target "will be offering free credit monitoring services."