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Mar 1, 2013

Kenya braces for repeat of election bloodshed

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyans choose a new president on Monday in a closely fought election that has divided the east African nation and raised fears of a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the tightly contested race five years ago.

Rival tribe members wielding machetes, knives, and bows and arrows butchered more than 1,200 people after the disputed 2007 vote, shattering Kenya’s reputation as one of the continent’s most stable democracies and dealing a heavy blow to east Africa’s biggest economy from which it is only now recovering.

Mar 1, 2013

Preview: Kenya braces for repeat of election bloodshed

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyans choose a new president on Monday in a closely fought election that has divided the east African nation and raised fears of a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the tightly contested race five years ago.

Rival tribe members wielding machetes, knives, and bows and arrows butchered more than 1,200 people after the disputed 2007 vote, shattering Kenya’s reputation as one of the continent’s most stable democracies and dealing a heavy blow to east Africa’s biggest economy from which it is only now recovering.

Jan 30, 2013

Egypt curfew scaled back as Mursi seeks end to bloodshed

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities scaled back a curfew imposed by President Mohamed Mursi, and the Islamist leader cut short a visit to Europe on Wednesday to deal with the deadliest violence in the seven months since he took power.

Two more protesters were shot dead before dawn near Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Wednesday, a day after the army chief warned that the state was on the brink of collapse if Mursi’s opponents and supporters did not end street battles.

Jan 30, 2013

Merkel urges Egypt’s Mursi to hold crisis dialogue

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Egypt’s Islamist president on Wednesday to open a dialogue with all political forces in the crisis-ridden Arab country after a week of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany to try to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, but in a sign of the political tensions back home, he restricted his trip to a few hours and cancelled a planned Paris leg.

Jan 30, 2013

Mursi heads to Germany on trip cut back by Egypt crisis

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany on Wednesday to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, leaving behind a country in crisis after a wave of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

The Egyptian army chief warned on Tuesday that the state was on the brink of collapse if political factions did not end the street battles that have resumed two years after the revolt that toppled long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Jan 29, 2013

Egypt pounds slides, worries about IMF loan weigh

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s pound weakened further against the dollar at the central bank’s foreign exchange auction on Tuesday on worries that turmoil on the streets could further delay a long-awaited IMF loan.

At Tuesday’s foreign exchange auction, the central bank set a cut-off price of 6.6525 pounds to the dollar, prompting the currency to weaken to 6.6857 on the interbank market, where the authorities limit how far the currency can move.

Jan 29, 2013

Army warning: unrest pushing Egypt to brink

CAIRO, Egypt, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief said
political strife was pushing the state to the brink of collapse
- a stark warning from the institution that ran the country
until last year as Cairo’s first freely elected leader struggles
to contain bloody street violence.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a U.S.-trained general appointed by
President Mohamed Mursi last year to head the armed forces,
added in a statement on Tuesday that one of the primary goals of
deploying troops in cities on the Suez Canal was to protect the
waterway that is vital for Egypt’s economy and world trade.

Jan 29, 2013

Army says political tussle taking Egypt to brink

CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief said political strife was pushing the state to the brink of collapse – a stark warning from the institution that ran the country until last year, as Cairo’s first elected leader struggles to contain bloody street violence.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, appointed by President Mohamed Mursi last year to head the military, added in a statement on Tuesday that one of the primary goals of deploying troops in cities on the Suez Canal was to protect the waterway that is vital for Egypt’s economy and world trade.

Jan 28, 2013

Egypt’s Mursi declares emergency after clashes kill dozens

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi declared a month-long state of emergency in three cities on the Suez Canal, where dozens of people have been killed in protests that have swept the nation and deepened a political crisis facing the Islamist leader.

Hundreds of demonstrators in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia turned out against the decision within moments of Mursi’s announcement late on Sunday that came after the death toll from protests and violence that erupted last week hit 49 people.

Jan 28, 2013

Egypt’s leader declares emergency after clashes kill 49

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi declared a month-long state of emergency on Sunday in three cities along the Suez Canal which have been the focus of anti-government violence that has killed dozens of people over the past four days.

Seven people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 protesters killed at the weekend. A total of 49 people have been killed in demonstrations around the country since Thursday and Mursi’s opponents have called for more protests on Monday.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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