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Aug 24, 2013

Brotherhood leaders to go on trial in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Three leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood go on trial in Cairo on Sunday on charges of inciting lethal violence during unrest that preceded the army’s overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.

Mohamed Badie, the Islamist movement’s “General Guide”, and his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumy, will not attend the High Court session, the state news agency MENA said.

Aug 22, 2013

Divided Egypt prepares to release Mubarak from jail

CAIRO (Reuters) – Deposed leader Hosni Mubarak may leave jail on Thursday by court order after a week of bloody turmoil in which Egypt’s new army-backed rulers cracked down on ousted President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Mubarak’s immediate destination will be the military’s International Medical Center, a hospital northeast of Cairo, where he will remain under guard, according to his lawyer, as well as medical and security sources.

Aug 20, 2013

Egyptian court could free Mubarak as crisis deepens

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be freed from jail after a court reviews his case on Wednesday, potentially stirring more unrest in a country where army-backed authorities are hunting down his Muslim Brotherhood foes.

The court will convene at the Cairo prison where Mubarak is being held, judicial sources said, and review a petition from his lawyer demanding the leader overthrown in a 2011 revolt be freed.

Aug 19, 2013

Egypt’s Mubarak to be freed from jail, lawyer says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s disgraced former President Hosni Mubarak will be released from jail soon, after prosecutors cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer said on Monday, dropping a new bombshell on a nation in turmoil.

The most populous Arab country is already enduring the bloodiest internal conflict in its modern history as the army, which deposed President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 after huge protests against him, cracks down on his Muslim Brotherhood.

Aug 19, 2013

Gunmen kill 24 Egyptian police in Sinai ambush

CAIRO (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 24 Egyptian policemen on Monday in the Sinai peninsula, where attacks on security forces have multiplied since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

Three policemen were also wounded in the grenade and machinegun attack near the north Sinai town of Rafah on the border with Israel, medical and security sources said.

Aug 18, 2013

Egypt’s cabinet to debate fate of Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s deputy prime minister will propose a way out of a bloody confrontation between the security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed president Mohamed Mursi when the cabinet discusses the crisis on Sunday.

But his ideas seemed to run counter to a suggestion by the prime minister to dissolve the Islamist organization, the target of a fierce crackdown by the army-backed government last week.

May 14, 2013

Syria peace talks look doomed in advance

LONDON (Reuters) – If anyone saw last week’s U.S.-Russian agreement to convene a peace conference on Syria as a potential breakthrough, Western leaders have been going out of their way to disabuse them.

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi hailed the plan as the “first hopeful news” on Syria in a long time and deferred his own plans to resign after nine months of futile mediation.

May 14, 2013

Analysis: Syria peace talks look doomed in advance

LONDON (Reuters) – If anyone saw last week’s U.S.-Russian agreement to convene a peace conference on Syria as a potential breakthrough, Western leaders have been going out of their way to disabuse them.

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi hailed the plan as the “first hopeful news” on Syria in a long time and deferred his own plans to resign after nine months of futile mediation.

Feb 14, 2013

Analysis: Arabs mired in messy transitions two years after heady uprisings

TUNIS (Reuters) – Two years on, the euphoria has long gone.

The flame of revolt that first flared in Tunisia, previously one of the Arab world’s quietest corners, consumed autocrats there, in neighboring Egypt and, more violently, in Libya.

Contained in Bahrain, it flickered on in Yemen where in time a veteran leader was pushed aside. In Syria, it is still being fiercely fought over. All Arab countries have felt the heat.

Feb 12, 2013

Tunisian Islamist leader sees new government this week

TUNIS (Reuters) – The leader of Tunisia’s main Islamist Ennahda party, Rached Ghannouchi, said on Tuesday he expected Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to form a coalition government this week that would include politicians as well as technocrats.

Tunisia was thrown into political turmoil last week by the assassination of secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid.

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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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