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Egypt: Sisi takes 93% of the vote in election marred by dismal turnout
30th May 2014

Egypt: Sisi takes 93% of the vote in election marred by dismal turnout

  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, took more than 90 percent of the vote in a presidential election marred by a dismal turnout, provisional results showed on Thursday, as he joined a long … Continued

Egypt extends presidential vote to Wednesday amid low turnout
28th May 2014

Egypt extends presidential vote to Wednesday amid low turnout

  Egypt’s presidential election was extended by a day on Tuesday in an effort to boost lower than expected turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the front-runner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. After Sisi called for record … Continued

Libya: Special forces unit joins rogue general Haftar
20th May 2014

Libya: Special forces unit joins rogue general Haftar

    [Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar addresses a press conference in Benghazi,]   The commander of the Libyan army’s special forces says his troops are joining forces with renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who has vowed to rid the country of … Continued

Egypt: Mass trials in Egypt sentence 163 Morsi supporters to long jail terms
19th May 2014

Egypt: Mass trials in Egypt sentence 163 Morsi supporters to long jail terms

    Courts in Egypt have jailed 163 supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi for up to fifteen years. The sentences come a week ahead of presidential elections.  The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta … Continued

Ukrainian forces kill up to 20 in Donetsk port of Mariupol
10th May 2014

Ukrainian forces kill up to 20 in Donetsk port of Mariupol

    Ukraine’s interim interior minister says security forces have killed 20 separatists in Mariupol. The EU has condemned separatists’ decision to push ahead with secession referenda scheduled for Sunday. Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote Friday on Facebook that … Continued

Egypt: Former army head el-Sissi says no future for Muslim Brotherhood
6th May 2014

Egypt: Former army head el-Sissi says no future for Muslim Brotherhood

  Egypt’s ex-army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has said the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer exist if he becomes president. In a television interview, he also rejected claims that he long harbored a plan to seize power. In an interview … Continued

Egyptian court recommends death sentences for 683 protesters
29th Apr 2014

Egyptian court recommends death sentences for 683 protesters

  An Egyptian court has recommended a death sentence for 683 alleged Islamists. Among them is the leader of former President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. African Commission on Human & Peoples’ Rights said that Egyptian Interim Authority immediately suspend sentences … Continued

Egyptian court passes out lengthy sentences to Morsi supporters
27th Apr 2014

Egyptian court passes out lengthy sentences to Morsi supporters

  A court has sentenced supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president to up to 88 years in prison each. Charges include violating a protest law and assaulting police.   On Saturday, the court sentenced five of the dozen defendants in … Continued

Egyptian forces kill woman in clashes with Mursi supporters
26th Apr 2014

Egyptian forces kill woman in clashes with Mursi supporters

    At least one supporter of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood was killed on Friday in clashes with the security forces in Fayoum province, south of Cairo, medical sources said. A woman, Reda Dahish, died after being hit by birdshot … Continued

Egypt court hands down prison sentences to 119 Brotherhood protesters
17th Apr 2014

Egypt court hands down prison sentences to 119 Brotherhood protesters

An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohammed Mursi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his overthrow, judicial sources said. More than 50 people were … Continued

Egyptian journalist killed in clashes between police forces and protesters
29th Mar 2014

Egyptian journalist killed in clashes between police forces and protesters

  [A pro-Mursi protest in the Cairo district of Shubra]   Egyptian woman journalist was shot dead Friday in Cairo as police clashed with Islamists protesting against ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s presidency bid, a security official said. He said … Continued

Egypt: Sisi declares presidential candidacy, resigns as Egypt army chief
27th Mar 2014

Egypt: Sisi declares presidential candidacy, resigns as Egypt army chief

[Egypt’s army head Al-Sisi to run for president] Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had he quit the military to run for president, in a widely anticipated move almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader. … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Merkel warns Putin against ‘illegal’ actions in Ukraine

Angela Merkel has told Vladimir Putin that a referendum on Crimea would violate international law. The Crimean parliament’s decision to vote on joining the Russian Federation has only worsened the diplomatic stalemate. On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President … Continued

6th Mar 2014

India: Sedition case filed against Kashmiri students for celebrating Pak win

By S Raju Meerut, (Hindustan Times): Meerut Police have registered a case of sedition against the 67 Kashmiri students of Meerut’s Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) who allegedly celebrated the victory of Pakistan over India in a cricket match on … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU freezes Yanukovych, Ukraine assets after only minimal progress in Paris

The European Union has said that it is freezing the assets of 18 people – including the deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych – suspected of misappropriating Ukrainian state funds. This precedes an EU leaders’ summit. The European Council on Thursday morning … Continued

2nd Mar 2014

Egypt’s new interim gov’t sworn in, Sisi remains defense minister

[Picture released by Middle East News Agency (MENA) shows Egypt’s newly-appointed interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (front 5th, L) and interim President Adli Mansour (front 6th, L) pose with the newly-appointed cabinet members at the Presidential Palace in Cairo (Xinhua/MENA)] … Continued

27th Feb 2014

Egypt: Sisi keeps defense ministry post, raising questions on presidential bid

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will keep his post as defense minister in a new government, an official source said on Wednesday, quashing speculation he was about to announce a widely expected bid for the presidency. Sisi … Continued

26th Feb 2014

Egypt: New PM says to “crush terrorism”

Egypt’s prime minister-designate said on Tuesday his government would work to “crush terrorism” and that he hoped to form his new cabinet with the next three or four days. “We will work together to restore security and safety to Egypt … Continued

25th Feb 2014

Egypt government resigns ahead of presidential poll

The military-installed government of Egyptian prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi said Monday it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely bring army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power. Sisi, by far the country’s most popular political figure, has … Continued

17th Feb 2014

Egypt: Mursi stands trial over conspiracy charges

Deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi appeared in court on Sunday on charges of conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorist acts in Egypt, in a further escalation of the crackdown against his Muslim Brotherhood. Declaring it “the biggest case of … Continued

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