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Jan 22, 2013

Netanyahu tops Israel vote despite losses: exit polls

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel’s election on Tuesday, with his hawkish bloc unexpectedly losing ground to resurgent center-left challengers, exit polls showed.

They suggested the Israeli leader’s Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, would still be the biggest bloc in the 120-member assembly with 31 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 they held in the previous parliament.

Jan 21, 2013

Israeli vote is least of neighbours’ worries

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A hardline Israeli government or a very hardline one.

With those widely viewed as the likeliest outcomes Of Tuesday’s election in Israel, the ballot has aroused minimal interest from Middle Eastern states who once scrutinised such votes for clues about the fate of the so-called peace process.

Jan 21, 2013

Analysis: Israeli vote is least of neighbors’ worries

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A hardline Israeli government or a very hardline one.

With those widely viewed as the likeliest outcomes Of Tuesday’s election in Israel, the ballot has aroused minimal interest from Middle Eastern states who once scrutinized such votes for clues about the fate of the so-called peace process.

Jan 3, 2013

Analysis: Soaring Syria death toll brings intervention no closer

AZAZ, Syria/LONDON (Reuters) – The death toll in Syria now exceeds 60,000, the United Nations says. Another 100,000 may die this year, warns U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. About 220 were killed on Wednesday alone.

“When numbers get serious, they leave a mark on your door,” goes a song by American musician Paul Simon.

Jan 3, 2013

Soaring Syria death toll brings intervention no closer

AZAZ, Syria/LONDON (Reuters) – The death toll in Syria now exceeds 60,000, the United Nations says. Another 100,000 may die this year, warns U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. About 220 were killed on Wednesday alone.

“When numbers get serious, they leave a mark on your door,” goes a song by American musician Paul Simon.

Dec 10, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi gives troops security role in referendum

CAIRO, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist president has
given the army temporary power to arrest civilians to help
secure a constitutional referendum seen by the Muslim
Brotherhood as a triumph for democracy and by its liberal foes
as a religious straitjacket.

President Mohamed Mursi, bruised by the political uproar in
which protesters have besieged his graffiti-besmirched palace to
demand his downfall, has rescinded a Nov. 22 decree giving him
wide powers, but has not budged on the referendum date.

Dec 10, 2012

Egypt’s opposition rejects constitutional referendum

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s main opposition coalition rejected on Sunday Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s plan for a constitutional referendum this week, saying it risked dragging the country into “violent confrontation”.

Mursi’s decision on Saturday to retract a decree awarding himself wide powers failed to placate opponents who accused him of plunging Egypt deeper into crisis by refusing to postpone the vote on a constitution shaped by Islamists.

Dec 9, 2012

Egypt’s opposition scorns Mursi’s concession

CAIRO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A concession offered by President
Mohamed Mursi failed to placate opponents who accused him on
Sunday of plunging Egypt deeper into crisis by refusing to
postpone a vote on a constitution shaped by Islamists.

Islamists say they see the referendum as sealing a
democratic transition that began when a popular uprising toppled
Hosni Mubarak 22 months ago after three decades of
military-backed one-man rule.

Dec 9, 2012

Egyptian military says only dialogue can avert disaster

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military, stepping into a crisis pitting Islamist President Mohamed Mursi against opponents who accuse him of grabbing excessive power, said on Saturday only dialogue could avert “catastrophe”.

State broadcasters interrupted their programmes to read out an army statement telling feuding factions that a solution to the upheaval in the most populous Arab nation should not contradict “legitimacy and the rules of democracy”.

Dec 8, 2012

Egyptian military urges dialogue to avert “catastrophe”

CAIRO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Egypt’s military said on Saturday
only dialogue could avert “catastrophe”, stepping into a crisis
pitting an Islamist president against opponents of his drive to
reshape a nation in turmoil since Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.

An army statement, which state radio and television
interrupted their programmes to read out, told feuding factions
that a solution to the upheaval in the most populous Arab nation
should not contradict “legitimacy and the rules of democracy”.

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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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