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Nov 30, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood says leads Egypt’s vote count

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood claimed to have a lead on Wednesday in the early vote count in Egypt’s first free election since army officers ousted the king in 1952.

No official results in the parliamentary vote were out and one rival party said they doubted the Brotherhood’s claim, but others provided estimates that appeared to back it.

Nov 29, 2011

Egypt’s post-Mubarak poll confounds fears of mayhem

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians swarmed to the ballot box peacefully in their first election since a popular revolt toppled Hosni Mubarak, confounding fears of violence after a week of riots in which 42 people were killed.

Voting continues for a second day on Tuesday, after high turnout and a peaceful atmosphere on Monday in a parliamentary election that could loosen the army’s grip on power and sweep long-banned Islamists into the legislature.

Nov 28, 2011

Voters queue in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak election

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians queued up to vote Monday in the first big test of a transition born in popular revolutionary euphoria that soured into distrust of the generals who replaced their master, Hosni Mubarak.

In the nine months since a revolt ended the ex-president’s 30-year rule, political change in Egypt has faltered, with the military apparently more focused on preserving its power and privilege than on fostering any democratic transformation.

Nov 27, 2011

Egypt vote tests troubled political transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians vote on Monday in the first big test of a transition born in popular revolutionary euphoria that soured into distrust of the generals who replaced their master, Hosni Mubarak.

In the nine months since a revolt ended the ex-president’s 30-year rule, political change in Egypt has faltered, with the military apparently more focused on preserving its power and privilege than on fostering any democratic transformation.

Nov 27, 2011

Protests against military rule cloud Egypt election

CAIRO (Reuters) – Protesters rallied again in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday to try to evict the generals who replaced Hosni Mubarak, in a trial of strength that has muddied the run-up to Egypt’s first vote since a popular revolt deposed the former leader.

The parliamentary election that gets under way on Monday and Tuesday is the first step on the ruling army council’s timetable toward a transfer to civilian rule, now promised for July.

Nov 23, 2011

Egypt protesters battle on to end army rule

CAIRO (Reuters) – Street clashes rumbled on in Cairo on Wednesday as protesters derided a deal struck between Egypt’s ruling generals and mostly Islamist parties for a faster transfer to civilian rule.

The death toll in five days of violence climbed to 37 by a Reuters count after a man was killed in the city of Alexandria. Hardcore protesters battled police through the night in Cairo.

Nov 8, 2011

Syrian attack on rebel city mocks Arab peace plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Syria’s assault on the recalcitrant city of Homs has shredded an Arab peace plan and exposed the failure of world outrage to force President Bashar al-Assad to halt a violent crackdown on an eight-month popular uprising.

Tanks and snipers have battled to cow protesters and hunt army defectors in Homs, killing more than 100, activists say, since the Arab League said on Nov. 2 that Damascus had accepted a plan to pull the army out of cities and talk to its foes.

Nov 8, 2011

Analysis: Syrian attack on rebel city mocks Arab peace plan

LONDON (Reuters) – Syria’s assault on the recalcitrant city of Homs has shredded an Arab peace plan and exposed the failure of world outrage to force President Bashar al-Assad to halt a violent crackdown on an eight-month popular uprising.

Tanks and snipers have battled to cow protesters and hunt army defectors in Homs, killing more than 100, activists say, since the Arab League said on November 2 that Damascus had accepted a plan to pull the army out of cities and talk to its foes.

Oct 12, 2011

Questions abound over Iran “plot” to kill Saudi envoy

LONDON (Reuters) – You couldn’t make it up — or could you?

U.S. allegations that an Iranian spy outfit attempted to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington in a convoluted plot involving a U.S. informant posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel seem bizarre to say the least.

Still, Washington says the drama justifies new international sanctions against Iran and Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief insists that “somebody in Iran” must pay the price.

Oct 12, 2011

Analysis – Questions abound over Iran “plot” to kill Saudi envoy

LONDON (Reuters) – You couldn’t make it up — or could you?

U.S. allegations that an Iranian spy outfit attempted to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington in a convoluted plot involving a U.S. informant posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel seem bizarre to say the least.

Still, Washington says the drama justifies new international sanctions against Iran and Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief insists that “somebody in Iran” must pay the price.

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      "I cover the Middle East, with an emphasis on political analysis, region-wide stories and in-depth features. I live in Beirut and have been in my current post since June 2006. Outside my main Middle Eastern beat, I have covered Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan."
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