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Aug 3, 2013

International envoys meet minister in Cairo to ease Egypt crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt’s army-installed government on Saturday in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and to head off more bloodshed.

At the same time, the new government promised Mursi’s supporters a safe exit from their protest camps and urged them to rejoin the political process.

Aug 2, 2013

Egyptian police to blockade protest camp, avoid showdown

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police will blockade a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi but hold off from storming the site, state TV said on Friday.

The decision should lessen the chance of a bloody showdown between protestors and security forces and follows diplomatic efforts and international appeals to the new army-installed government to avoid further violence in the political crisis.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. gives seal of approval to Egypt’s new leaders

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi prepared for confrontation on Friday, and the United States said Egypt’s military had been “restoring democracy” when it drove him from office.

Thousands were gathered in two Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo, defying warnings from the new army-backed government to abandon their protest or face action from security forces.

Jul 1, 2013

Springsteen revisits Glory Days in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen treated his fans to a complete performance of “Born in the USA”, the 1984 album which shot him to global superstardom, as the centerpiece of a three-hour show in London on Sunday night.

The Boss and his E Street Band played the 12 songs in the same order as the original, kicking off with the Vietnam veteran’s lament of the title track and serving up rollicking versions of “Glory Days”, “No Surrender,” and other favorites.

Jun 17, 2013

Lost account of Spanish war sees light after 70 years

LONDON (Reuters) – When Henry Buckley crossed the Pyrenees in 1939 with the remnants of the defeated Spanish Republican forces, he had reported on Spain for 10 years, witnessed the great battles of the civil war, and won a reputation as the most informed of all the foreign correspondents who had covered it.

The next year, he had written his account of the turbulent years leading up to the war and the conflict itself, “The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic”, just as the wider fight against fascism that he had predicted engulfed Europe.

Apr 26, 2013

African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award

LONDON (Reuters) – African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine’s annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her championing of social causes.

French veterans Lo’jo, who mix French folk with African and Arabic sounds, picked up the Best Group award and the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba was chosen as top Newcomer.

Apr 21, 2013

Victory over Japanese at Kohima named Britain’s greatest battle

LONDON (Reuters) – The Battle of Imphal/Kohima, when British troops fighting in horrendous jungle conditions turned the tide against the Japanese army in World War II, has been chosen as Britain’s greatest battle.

Kohima was picked over the more celebrated battles of D-Day and Waterloo in a contest organised by the National Army Museum.

Jan 28, 2013

Malian musicians back power of harmony over guns

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – As musicians from Mali took to a
London stage on Saturday night, news was announced that back
home French troops had captured the airport of the
Islamist-controlled city of Gao.

A cheer went up – and not surprisingly.

Since Islamist militants seized control of Mali’s north
following a military coup in March 2012, the country has been
convulsed by conflict.

Dec 20, 2012

Lawyer who foretold church scandals writes his story

London (Reuters) – Ray Mouton was a successful young lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana, respected in the community and blessed with a loving family, when he received a call from a vicar in the Roman Catholic diocese for a lunch meeting on a fateful day in 1984.

The diocese asked him to defend an errant priest, accused of abusing dozens of children in a rural community. Mouton reluctantly agreed to take on the task.

Nov 16, 2012

Spain and Portugal’s plight dominates Ibero-American meet

CADIZ, Spain, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought
help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies to
rescue them from economic crisis through a new wave of trade and
investment across the Atlantic Ocean.

Suffering deep recession and with their citizens protesting
at job losses and austerity measures, the two European countries
hope the Ibero-American Summit of leaders in the historic port
of Cadiz can open up desperately needed business opportunities.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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