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Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 17, 2013

Poll finds Egyptians divided, many disappointed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians are deeply divided and many have no faith in any of the main political groups, creating a crisis for the state to build on the revolution of 2011, a new poll by Zogby Research Services found on Monday.

Only 28 percent saw the election of Islamist Mohamed Mursi as president in June 2012 as positive or at least the result of a democratic vote they respected – a figure down by half from a 57-percent majority who were positive or respectful a year ago.

Jun 17, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
Jun 15, 2013

Arabs put (slim) hopes in new Iranian president

CAIRO/RIYADH (Reuters) – The election of a moderate Iranian president could help rein in hostility between Tehran and its Arab neighbors, but many Arabs doubt he can end a sectarian confrontation that has been inflamed by war in Syria.

Hassan Rohani, a Shi’ite cleric known for a conciliatory approach and backed by reformists, will have only limited say in policy determined by Iran’s supreme leader; but with the Syrian carnage fuelling rage among Sunni Arabs across the region, any gestures from Tehran may help contain it.

Jun 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013

Egypt’s Brotherhood joins Sunni front over Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s president and his Shi’ite allies were denounced by leading Sunni Arab voices on Friday, including Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood, which had reached out across Islam’s sectarian divide but has now called for jihad.

The Brotherhood accused Shi’ites of being at the root of sectarian conflicts throughout history and threw its weight behind holy war – just months after a high-profile rapprochement with Iran, which backs Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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