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Jul 4, 2012

Syria opposition rifts give world excuse not to act

CAIRO (Reuters) – A brawl at a meeting of the Syrian opposition this week in Cairo put on display the divisions among those struggling to oust President Bashar al-Assad and provides an excuse for world powers who have been wary of intervention to sit on their hands.

The row that spilled into the marble-lined corridors of a five-star Cairo hotel on Tuesday came at the end of a two-day meeting sponsored by the Arab League that had begun with appeals from Arab and Turkish ministers for a show of unity.

Jul 2, 2012

Arabs, Turkey urge Syrian opposition to unite

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab states and Turkey urged Syria’s divided opposition on Monday to unite and form a credible alternative to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, but rifts swiftly emerged at talks in Cairo.

The unity calls were made at the opening of a two-day meeting organized by the Arab League to try to rally Syria’s opposition, which has been beset by in-fighting that diplomats say have made it tougher for the world to respond to the crisis.

Jun 30, 2012

Tables turn as Egypt’s Islamist president sworn in

CAIRO (Reuters) – In a day full of memorable images, none on Saturday was more powerful than that of Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, flanked by generals at a military parade where he was formally handed authority to govern the nation.

For six decades, Mursi’s seat had been filled by presidents drawn from the ranks of the military. And for half that time, it was occupied by one man, Hosni Mubarak, a former air force chief who hounded and jailed members of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Jun 30, 2012

Islamist president says Egypt won’t reverse course

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi opened his first public address after his inauguration on Saturday with the words “God is greatest, above everyone” and pledged to keep the country on a democratic course after Hosni Mubarak’s fall.

He spoke at Cairo University to ordinary people, politicians and generals. He told the latter they were now free to take their troops back to barracks to focus on national security.

Jun 29, 2012

Egypt army chief may have more sway than president

CAIRO (Reuters) – A picture popular with protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square captures how many view the military man who has ruled Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year.

Half the face is of the ousted president juxtaposed to the other portion showing Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the 76-year-old who was Mubarak’s defence minister for 20 years.

Jun 29, 2012

Newsmaker: Egypt army chief may have more sway than president

CAIRO (Reuters) – A picture popular with protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square captures how many view the military man who has ruled Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year.

Half the face is of the ousted president juxtaposed to the other portion showing Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the 76-year-old who was Mubarak’s defense minister for 20 years.

Jun 28, 2012

Rooted in the land, Egypt’s president has huge task

AL-ADWA, Egypt (Reuters) – Water buffalo wander through the dirt roads of Mohamed Mursi’s village, less than two hours’ drive from the Cairo palace where Egypt’s Islamist president-elect has begun work.

Yet Mursi, unlike Hosni Mubarak, remains close to his humble Nile Delta roots and can perhaps bridge the gap between ruler and ruled that yawned so wide under his ousted predecessor.

Jun 26, 2012

Egypt’s Islamist president takes revolution to palace

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president whose powers have already been curbed by the army, began work on a coalition on Monday after touring his new palace, once home of Hosni Mubarak who banned his movement for three decades.

Declared winner on Sunday a week after a tumultuous run-off vote that pitted him against a former air force chief, the Islamist faces the challenge of meeting sky-high expectations in a nation tired of turmoil while the economy is on the ropes.

Jun 25, 2012

Egypt’s Islamist president gets to work

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamist Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president whose powers have been curbed by the military, toured his palatial new residence – where ousted leader Hosni Mubarak once lived – and began work on Monday to form a coalition government.

Declared winner on Sunday a week after a nail-biting run-off vote that pitted him against an ex-military officer, the Islamist faces the challenge of meeting sky-high expectations in a nation tired of turmoil while the economy is on the ropes.

Jun 25, 2012

Egypt’s Islamist president begins building government

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood sets about building a civilian administration for Egypt on Monday that can heal a divisive history of oppression and coax a mistrustful army into relaxing its grip on power.

Behind the scenes, talks were already under way between the Islamists and generals to resolve disputes that blew up this month over steps by the ruling military council to hem in the powers of the first freely elected president Egypt has known.

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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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