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Oct 11, 2013

From Egypt, the message is “Obama keep your aid”

CAIRO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to curtail
military and economic aid to Egypt to promote democracy may
ultimately backfire, pushing Cairo to seek assistance elsewhere
and giving Washington less leverage to stabilise a country in
the heart of the Middle East.

Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with its major
regional ally: Egypt controls the Suez Canal and has a peace
treaty with neighbouring Israel but its army overthrew the first
freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July.

Oct 11, 2013

From Egypt, the message is “Obama keep your aid”

CAIRO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to curtail
military and economic aid to Egypt to promote democracy may
ultimately backfire, pushing Cairo to seek assistance elsewhere
and giving Washington less leverage to stabilise a country in
the heart of the Middle East.

Washington faces a dilemma in dealing with its major
regional ally: Egypt controls the Suez Canal and has a peace
treaty with neighbouring Israel but its army overthrew the first
freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, in July.

Oct 10, 2013

Special Report: The real force behind Egypt’s ‘revolution of the state’

CAIRO (Reuters) – In Hosni Mubarak’s final days in office in 2011, the world’s gaze focused on Cairo, where hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded the resignation of one of the Arab world’s longest serving autocrats.

Little attention was paid when a group of Muslim Brotherhood leaders broke free from their cells in a prison in the far off Wadi el-Natroun desert. But the incident, which triggered a series of prison breaks by members of the Islamist group around the country, caused panic among police officers fast losing their grip on Egypt.

Sep 28, 2013

Egypt’s foreign minister says transitional government phase to end by spring

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday the transitional phase of government in Egypt should end “by next spring,” replacing leaders appointed after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi in July.

The Egyptian army ousted Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, on July 3 after mass protests against his one-year rule.

Sep 27, 2013

Syria rebels struggle to rally practical backing on U.N. stage

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – International opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reaffirmed support for the country’s opposition coalition at the U.N. General Assembly this week, but with rebel forces splitting and delivery of weapons slow, the coalition looks increasingly marginalized.

After weeks of frustration as the international community turned its attention to negotiating a deal to rid Assad of his chemical weapons, the Syrian National Coalition, or SNC, had hoped to use the annual meeting to push its cause.

Sep 25, 2013

Renewed push at U.N. for Syria resolution followed by peace talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations on Tuesday to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to end their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At the same time, Obama said agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons should energize a larger diplomatic effort to end 2-1/2 years of civil war – a sentiment that was echoed by the leaders of Turkey, Jordan and France, among others.

Sep 24, 2013

Turkey, Jordan say world has responsibility to end Syria war

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Turkey and Jordan called on Tuesday for a more robust international effort to end Syria’s civil war, saying the global community had a responsibility not to abandon the Syrian people.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Jordan’s King Abdullah made the remarks while addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Gul said the international community was responsible for ending the conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people, according to U.N. estimates.

Sep 20, 2013

Security forces hunt militants after storming town near Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces were hunting for armed supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood on Friday after retaking control of a town near Cairo in a crackdown on Islamists.

Security sources said 85 people had been arrested since troops and police stormed Kerdasa on Thursday, but the area had not yet been stabilised. State television said dozens of weapons including rocket-propelled grenades had been seized.

Sep 20, 2013

Egyptian security forces hunt militants after storming town near Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces were hunting for supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood on Friday after retaking control of a town near Cairo in a crackdown on Islamists.

State television and newspapers said government forces had taken control of the town of Kerdasa but security sources said the area had not yet been stabilized.

Sep 19, 2013

Security forces storm pro-Mursi town near Cairo to reassert control

KERDASA, Egypt (Reuters) – Security forces and militants fought gun battles on Thursday during a government operation to wrest back control of a town near Cairo dominated by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

A police general was killed by gunfire and at least nine policemen and soldiers were wounded by a hand grenade in the clashes in Kerdasa, 14 km (9 miles) from the capital.