By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. Sharif, who enjoys a solid majority in the chamber, convened a joint session of parliament as he seeks to reaffirm that he is fully in control more than two weeks after mass protests seeking to bring down his government erupted in the coup-prone nation. His office said parliament would be in session all week to allow all members of parliament to express their views. It is a rebellion against the state of Pakistan," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told parliament.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.