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Nov 28, 2013

Bob Dylan whips up tempest in return to 1966 London venue

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Bob Dylan played London’s Albert
Hall this week for the first time since his fabled and
tumultuous concerts there in 1966, his vitality and mystique
intact five decades on since he revolutionised popular music.

This time round there were no boos and catcalls prompted by
his use of electric instruments, just ovations as he led his
crack band through a set that drew heavily from his latest album
“Tempest” but also reached back into earlier stages of his
career.

Oct 8, 2013

Rumour has it: Rocker Graham Parker is back

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Decades on from his days as an
angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an
ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a
new lease of life to Graham Parker.

In the movie, Judd Apatow’s “This is 40″, the bid fails. In
the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the
62-year-old London native.

Aug 12, 2013

Mursi supporters stand firm, brace for Egypt crackdown

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi refused to abandon their protest camps in Cairo on Monday and said they would fend off any police crackdown with sticks, stones and their faith.

Security sources and a government official had said on Sunday that police action to dismantle the camps would begin at dawn despite the risk of violent clashes. But nothing transpired during the course of the day.

Aug 9, 2013

Uneasy Eid holiday keeps Egyptian factions apart for now

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Friday defied warnings from the army-installed government to end their protests, heightening international concern that a violent confrontation was imminent.

Crowds rallied at a protest camp around the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cairo after Friday prayers, chanting “Down with the coup, the coup is terrorism”.

Aug 8, 2013

Egypt at ‘dangerous stalemate’ in political crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday, while Mursi supporters in two protest camps in Cairo strengthened sandbag-and-brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.

Aug 7, 2013

Egypt crisis enters tense new phase after mediation collapses

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political crisis entered a tense new phase on Wednesday after international mediation efforts collapsed and the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Both sides called their supporters on to the streets on Thursday and in two protest camps in Cairo, Mursi supporters strengthened sandbag-and brick barricades in readiness for any action by security forces.

Aug 5, 2013

Egypt’s Brotherhood rejects appeal to ‘swallow reality’

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected pleas from international envoys to “swallow the reality” that Mohamed Mursi will not return as Egypt’s president, the Brotherhood spokesman said on Monday.

The envoys, trying to resolve a political crisis brought on by the army’s overthrow of the Islamist Mursi a month ago, had visited jailed Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat El-Shater in the early hours of Monday.

Aug 4, 2013

Egypt mediation gathers pace but Brotherhood leaders face trial

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-installed government said on Sunday it would give a chance for mediation to resolve the crisis brought on by the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, but warned that time was limited.

At the same time, a Cairo court announced that the leader of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and his deputy will face trial in three weeks’ time for crimes including incitement to murder during protests in the days before he was toppled.

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.

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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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