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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 June, 2013, 12:47am

Pakistan's National Assembly to elect new PM

Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League chief, is expected to be sworn in for a record third term as prime minister. Sharif's election in the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament is regarded as being a foregone conclusion as his party has more than 180 members in the 342 member-strong House. Sharif is expected to retain the crucial foreign affairs and defence portfolios. He served as premier twice during the 1990s, but was ousted from office before he could complete his term, once on corruption charges and later as a result of the military coup led by Pervez Musharraf.


UN, US and Russian officials discuss Syria crisis

US, Russian and UN officials are to meet in Geneva to discuss ways of bringing the warring sides in Syria together for the upcoming international peace conference. US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (pictured), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman are expected to attend. The conference is aimed at finding a political solution to the 26-month crisis that has cost more than 90,000 lives.


UK journalist and tax worker in court

A former Sun journalist and an official from Britain's Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs office are to appear in a London court over alleged unlawful payments. Journalist Clodagh Hartley (pictured) and Jonathan Hall were charged on May 29 in relation to Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists. Hartley's partner, Marta Bukarewicz, was also charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.


World Environment Day focuses on food

Launched by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day is being marked around the globe, focusing this year on reducing food waste and food loss. While the planet is struggling to provide enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Global food production is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change, the FAO says.


US soldier to plead in Afghan gun rampage case

A US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in two gun rampages last year is scheduled to enter guilty pleas in a military trial in Seattle, Washington state, according to his lawyer. Staff sergeant Robert Bales left a US outpost in Kandahar province in the early hours of March 11, 2012, and attacked two villages nearby. Seventeen of the victims were women or children.