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Sep 28, 2011

Bahrain feels heavy weight of sectarian tension

MANAMA (Reuters) – In the rubbish-strewn streets of Sanabis, the police are on the prowl for the culprits.

A group of Shi’ite teenagers and women, some of them mothers, some of them single, scuttle into a nearby house, putting out the lights as men get out of cars and drag some boys down from a rooftop across the street.

Sep 25, 2011

Fewer than 1 in 5 vote in Bahrain by-elections

MANAMA, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Fewer than one in five voters
cast ballots in Bahraini by-elections this weekend, a government
website showed, after the Shi’ite majority in the Gulf Arab
state boycotted the polls following the crushing of a protest
movement this year.

Eighteen parliamentary seats were vacated by the largest
opposition party Wefaq after security forces killed protesters
at the start of pro-democracy demonstrations in February.

Sep 25, 2011

Bahrain holds vote, Shi’ite enclave protests

MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s main opposition boycotted elections on Saturday held to fill parliamentary seats vacated by its members during a crackdown on a mostly Muslim Shi’ite protest movement in the Sunni-ruled monarchy.

The low turnout by Shi’ite voters and lack of prominent Shi’ite candidates appeared to favour pro-government candidates who previously would have met stiffer competition in districts of the Gulf island state, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

Sep 24, 2011

Bahrain holds vote to fill seats vacated during unrest

MANAMA (Reuters) – The main opposition boycotted elections in Bahrain on Saturday held to fill parliamentary seats that were vacated by its members during a crackdown on a mostly Muslim Shi’ite protest movement in the Sunni-ruled monarchy.

The low turn-out of voters would appear to favor pro-government candidates in the Gulf island state, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

Sep 13, 2011

Arab states call for end to violence in Syria

CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Arab League states on Tuesday called for “immediate change” in Syria and an end to the violence after months of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

The Syrian leadership must also start a national dialogue to resolve the conflict, foreign ministers said in a statement at the end of a meeting in Cairo.

Sep 13, 2011

Arab states seek end to violence in Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab League states want Syria to use dialogue, not arms, to address a five-month-old rebellion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been trying to crush with tanks and troops, the League’s head said on Tuesday.

In an opening address to an Arab foreign ministers’ meeting, Arab League chairman Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the Qatari prime minister, also urged the international community to back a Palestinian bid for statehood, which Arabs will support at the United Nations this month.

Sep 12, 2011

Egyptians fear embassy attack may set back reform

CAIRO (Reuters) – An attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last week could set back political gains since Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising this year, as the ruling army council takes measures to tighten security around the country.

Protesters scaled the building where Israel occupies the top two floors, replacing the Israeli flag with Egypt’s and seizing embassy documents from a storeroom on a lower floor before tossing them from a window to cheering crowds below.

Sep 12, 2011

Turkish PM to visit Egypt, boost regional influence

CAIRO (Reuters) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meets Egypt’s new military rulers during a visit to Cairo starting on Monday that is likely to be scrutinised by Israel whose once cozy ties with both Muslim states have been shaken.

Erdogan’s trip will be followed by visits to Libya and Tunisia, which, like Egypt, have thrown off long-time rulers, highlighting Turkey’s bid to expand its regional influence.

Sep 11, 2011

Egypt says to toughen emergency laws

DUBAI (Reuters) – Egypt’s military rulers outlined on Sunday new areas where they would use long-standing emergency laws, citing activities such as blocking roads, publishing false information and weapons possession, the state news agency said.

Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy also warned on Egyptian state TV that police would open fire on anyone who attacked the Interior Ministry or police stations who was considered to be a threat to police lives.

Sep 11, 2011

Analysis: Egyptians fear embassy attack may set back reform

CAIRO (Reuters) – An attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last week could set back political gains since Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising this year, as the ruling army council takes measures to tighten security around the country.

Protesters scaled the building where Israel occupies the top two floors, replacing the Israeli flag with Egypt’s and seizing embassy documents from a storeroom on a lower floor before tossing them from a window to cheering crowds below.

    • About Andrew

      "I write on Iranian and Gulf Arab politics, based in Dubai. I was previously based in Riyadh, in charge of Reuters Saudi small but growing editorial operation, and before that was based in Egypt. I have also reported for Reuters from Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. I am the author of two books, "Popular Culture in the Arab World" and "What the Arabs Think of America", and read Arabic, Farsi and French."
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