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24th Aug 2013

Egypt: Trial of Muslim brotherhood’s top leaders starts Sunday

CAIRO, (Xinhua): The trial of the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hails, will start Sunday, with charges against them including inciting violence and killing protesters, local media reported Saturday. The prosecutor’s office … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Egypt: Anti-military protests in Egypt draw low turnout

Islamists in Egypt have held anti-military protests in the wake of a harsh police crackdown. The Muslim Brotherhood had called for mass rallies, but could only manage low turnout on the streets. The protests in Cairo were dubbed the “Friday … Continued

22nd Aug 2013

Egypt court orders release of former president Mubarak

An Egyptian court ordered the release of former President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday, a judicial and a security source said. According to his lawyer, he could be freed on Thursday. The court’s decision comes as several members of the Muslim … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood appoints new leader as crisis deepens

CAIRO, (Xinhua): The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on Tuesday named Mahmoud Ezzat as its new leader after the Egyptian government dealt another blow to the group by arresting its supreme guide Mohamed Badie earlier in the day. Although more Brotherhood members … Continued

20th Aug 2013

Egypt claims arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie

Egyptian officials say they have arrested the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, in Cairo. The military government declared a state of national mourning for policemen killed in Sinai. State media reported early on Tuesday that security forces … Continued

20th Aug 2013

Egypt: Israel urges US, EU to back Egypt’s military crackdown

Israel and the West must support Egypt’s army to regain control of the country and prevent jihadists from taking over, an Israeli official told a local newspaper in remarks published late-Sunday. The unnamed official’s comments came a day after a … Continued

Egypt: 52 Muslim Brotherhood detainees die in Egypt prison convoy
19th Aug 2013

Egypt: 52 Muslim Brotherhood detainees die in Egypt prison convoy

[Photo: Muslim Brotherhood supporters protest]   Police have cracked down on inmates en route to an Egyptian prison, according to officials. Dozens of detainees were reported dead. Authorities said police were trying to stop an escape by Muslim Brotherhood followers. … Continued

19th Aug 2013

Central African Republic swears in President Michel Djotodia

The interim leader of the Central African Republic, Michel Djotodia, has been sworn in as president. Djotodia took power in March after a coup and must now organize elections to move the country toward stability. The inauguration took place in … Continued

19th Aug 2013

Tunisia: Al-Nahda and opposition held secret talks to solve Tunisia’s political crisis

[Al-Nahda head Rachid Ghannouchi holding secret talks with opposition in Europe]   Ruling Islamist party al-Nahda and the opposition Nidaa Tounes said Sunday they have held secret talks in Europe to try to find a way out of Tunisia’s political … Continued

18th Aug 2013

Libya: Bomb explodes outside Egypt’s consulate

TRIPOLI, (Xinhua): A bomb went off outside Egypt’s consulate in Benghazi, eastern Libya on Saturday, causing property damage, witnesses said. The explosion damaged the consulate’s outer wall and some nearby vehicles, the witnesses said, adding police had cordoned off the … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Egypt: Riyadh, Amman back Cairo against ‘terrorism’

 [King Abdullah gives full support to the military regime in Egypt] RIYADH, (Arab News): Saudi Arabia and Jordan on Friday threw their support behind Egypt as it sought to restore law and order, with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Zimbabwe opposition MDC party drops Mugabe election victory challenge

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has dropped a legal challenge against President Robert Mugabe’s re-election, saying the courts wouldn’t be fair. Tsvangirai had previously called for a new election. “The Prime Minister has withdrawn his election petition,” Movement for Democratic … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Egypt: European Union plans ‘coordinated response’ to Egyptian violence

EU leaders have condemned the violent response to protests in several Egyptian cities, which have led to loss of life. Germany has joined the outcry, freezing its aid to Egypt as events unfold. Reports of fatal altercations between security forces … Continued

Egypt: 60 killed during pro-Mursi “Friday of Anger” protests increasing deaths to over 600
17th Aug 2013

Egypt: 60 killed during pro-Mursi “Friday of Anger” protests increasing deaths to over 600

  More than 60 people were killed across Egypt on Friday in clashes between pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters and security forces, according to tolls from witnesses, security sources and the health ministry. An AFP correspondent counted at least 19 bodies in … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Egypt is democracy test for West, Turkish PM says

[ "The crisis in Egypt is a test on democracy for the West," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Aug.15 at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport before departing for a visit to Turkmenistan. Daily News Photo/Selahattin Sönmez] Ankara/Cairo (Hurriyet Daily News):  Prime … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Algeria: 6 killed, 30 injured in Algerian tribal clashes

ALGIERS, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and 30 others injured in tribal clashes in the Algerian province of Adrar, some 1,400 southwest of the capital Algiers, a provincial official said Thursday. Secretary-General of Adrar province Abdelkader El Baradei … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Egypt: Int’l community calls for restraint in Egypt

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON/CAIRO, (Xinhua): The UN Security Council Thursday called on all parties in Egypt to “exercise maximum restraint” and put an end to violence in the Middle East country hours after U.S. President Barack Obama “strongly condemned” the steps taken … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Egypt: US ‘complicit’ in killings in Egypt

The US is caught in a position where it is effectively complicit with the brutal military repression in Egypt, say critics. But others say Obama is afraid to squander the last leverage he has – suspending aid. The United States … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Tunisia: Al-Nahda chief rejects calls for technocrat government

The chairman of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government on Thursday and said the experience of Egypt should prompt parties to engage in more dialogue to resolve the country’s crisis. Al-Nahda party chairman Rached Ghannouchi … Continued

Egypt: 421 killed in violent military clampdown of pro-Morsi supporters
15th Aug 2013

Egypt: 421 killed in violent military clampdown of pro-Morsi supporters

CAIRO, (Xinhua): At least 421 people w ere killed and 3,572 others injured across Egypt in clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the security troops, after the latter dispersed Wednesday two pro-Morsi sit-ins in the country, the … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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