Brother of Parliament Speaker killed in Damascus

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The brother of Syria’s speaker of Parliament was assassinated on Tuesday in a central Damascus neighborhood, the official Syrian news agency reported, as clashes between the government and the rebels convulsed most major cities.

Geagea says ‘unacceptable’ to re-elect Berri as speaker

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told Al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published on Thursday that Nabih Berri could not remain the speaker of parliament after the upcoming elections. “Despite our respect towards him, we cannot accept Berri as speaker of parliament due to his current political alignment,”

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood picks its chief as speaker

Top parties in Egypt’s incoming parliament are picking an Islamist as speaker for the first time. The Muslim Brotherhood, the big winner in the first election since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak last February, said Monday it has joined several other parties in backing Saad el-Katatni. He’s the secretary-general of the Brotherhood’s own party.