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Oct 24, 2012

Arabs grudgingly favor Obama in U.S. election

CAIRO (Reuters) – Many in the Middle East believe Barack Obama failed to deliver on promises of a new U.S. approach in the region but still prefer him to presidential rival Mitt Romney, who they see as too close to Israel and too keen to project U.S. military might.

Whoever wins the November 6 election faces a knot of regional issues that will not be easy to unravel. World powers are split over the Syria conflict, a row about Iran’s nuclear ambitions rumbles on and Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking is going nowhere.

Sep 15, 2012

Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film

SANAA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, and the United States sent warships toward Libya, where the U.S. ambassador was killed in related violence this week.

In Libya, authorities said they had made four arrests in the investigation into the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi on Tuesday.

Sep 15, 2012

Protesters clash with police near US Embassy in Cairo, one dead

CAIRO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Clashes near the U.S. Embassy in
central Cairo between police and Egyptians incensed over a film
denigrating the Prophet Mohammad entered their fourth day early
on Saturday, leaving one protester dead and dozens more injured.

The clashes moved to a main road on the banks of the Nile
after authorities closed the street leading to the embassy. The
protesters, many of whom are intent upon breaking into the
embassy, now are seeking alternative routes to the site.

Sep 14, 2012

One dead as Egyptian protesters battle police near U.S. Embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – One protester was killed on Friday as Egyptians angry at a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad clashed for a third day with police blocking the way to the U.S. Embassy.

The 35-year-old protestor died from bird shot wounds three days after protesters climbed embassy walls and tore down the American flag.

Sep 14, 2012

Egypt protesters battle police near U.S. embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians angry at a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad clashed on Friday for a third day with police blocking the way to the U.S. Embassy after protesters climbed its walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

“God is Greatest” and “There is no God but God”, one group near the front of the clashes chanted as police in riot gear fired teargas and threw stones in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby.

Sep 14, 2012

Egyptians clash with police near U.S. embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam clashed on Friday in Cairo for a third day with police who blocked the way to the U.S. embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

“God is Greatest” and “There is no god but God”, one group near the front of the clashes chanted, as police in riot gear fired teargas and threw stones in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby.

Sep 14, 2012

Clashes in Egypt over film, protests spread

CAIRO Sept 14 (Reuters) – Demonstrators furious at a film
they say insults the Prophet Mohammad clashed with police near
the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Friday before a nationwide protest
called by the Muslim Brotherhood which propelled Egypt’s
Islamist president to power.

Protesters also clashed with police in Yemen, where one
person died and 15 were injured on Thursday when the U.S.
embassy compound was stormed, and crowds gathered against the
California-made film in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Iraq.

Sep 14, 2012

Egyptians clash with police barring way to U.S. embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam on Friday hurled stones at a line of police in Cairo blocking the route to the U.S. embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

“God is greatest” and “There is no god but God”, one group near the front of the clashes chanted, as police in riot gear fired tear gas and threw stones back in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby.

Sep 13, 2012
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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church to choose new pope in December

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(The body of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, is displayed for public viewing inside the Abbasiya Cathedral in Cairo March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church will choose a new pope on December 2, after Pope Shenouda who led the church for four decades died in March and left many Christians worrying about their rights under an Islamist-led government.

Sep 13, 2012

U.S. embassies attacked in Yemen, Egypt after Libya envoy killed

SANAA/CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Demonstrators attacked the
U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a
film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American warships
headed to Libya after the death of the U.S. ambassador there in
related violence earlier in the week.

Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators broke through the main gate
of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa, shouting “We
sacrifice ourselves for you, Messenger of God”. Earlier they
smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and
burned cars.

    • About Edmund

      "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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