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Dec 21, 2011

Egyptians back at polls, calm in Cairo after clashes

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians returned to the polls on Wednesday in a staggered parliamentary election after five days of violence in Cairo that has cast a pall over the transition to democracy and drawn a U.S. rebuke of Egypt’s security forces.

Tahrir Square and surrounding streets were quiet through the night for the first time in a week. A night earlier, police and soldiers had used tear gas and batons to chase protesters demanding an end to army rule out of the square.

Dec 20, 2011

Monitors may be in Syria by end-December, says League chief

CAIRO (Reuters) – The head of the Arab League said on Tuesday that monitors could be in Syria before the end of the month to assess whether Damascus is implementing an Arab plan to end a bloody crackdown on protests after weeks of stalling.

Galvanized by a soaring death toll after Syria turned troops and tanks on anti-government protests, Arab states have pushed Damascus to let in a team of about 150 observers to witness what is happening on the ground.

Dec 20, 2011

Egypt’s Tahrir clashes rage on, army unrepentant

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian police and soldiers using batons and teargas have fought opponents of army rule in Cairo for a fourth day, taking the death toll since Friday to 13, according to medical sources.

Hundreds more have been wounded and scores detained in attempts to disperse protests in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hub of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

Dec 19, 2011

Egypt clashes move into 4th day, US worried

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces fought opponents of army rule in Cairo for a fourth day on Monday and the United States, worried by the violence, urged the generals to respect human rights.

Medical sources said the death toll had risen to 13 since Friday. Hundreds have been wounded and scores detained.

Dec 19, 2011

Egypt clashes move into fourth day, U.S. worried

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces fought opponents of army rule in Cairo for a fourth day on Monday and the United States, worried by the violence, urged the generals to respect human rights.

Medical sources said the death toll had risen to 13 since Friday. Hundreds have been wounded and scores detained.

Dec 19, 2011

U.S. worried by Egypt clashes now in fourth day

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United States said it was worried by violence in Egypt and urged the army rulers to respect human rights as security forces wielding batons and firing teargas fought for a fourth day on Monday with protesters demanding an end to military rule.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned excessive use of force by security forces in Cairo protests that have widened a rift among Egyptians over the role of the army and cast a shadow over the country’s first free election in decades.

Dec 15, 2011

Islamists set to dominate in Egypt vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians voting on Thursday said they felt empowered by the first free election after Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, a poll likely to give Islamists the upper hand in a parliament that will help shape Egypt’s new constitution.

The army, which took over after Mubarak was ousted, remains in charge until a presidential election in mid-2012, but parliament will have a popular mandate that the military will find difficult to ignore as it oversees the transition.

Dec 15, 2011

Egyptians set to give Islamists biggest bloc in vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians return to polling stations on Thursday in a phased election likely to give Islamists the biggest bloc in a parliament that will play a key role in drafting a new constitution after decades of autocratic rule.

The vote being staged over six weeks is Egypt’s first free polls after a series of rigged elections under Hosni Mubarak, who after almost 30 years in power was driven from office by a popular uprising in February.

Dec 14, 2011

Egypt Islamists try to hold lead in second round of voting

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians voted Wednesday in the second round of a parliamentary election with Islamist parties seeking to bolster early gains and secure a dominant position during the transition from army rule.

Islamists have capitalized in the poll on grassroots networks built up even when they were repressed by Hosni Mubarak, though Islamist groups took a back seat initially in the uprising that toppled the president in February.

Dec 8, 2011

Islamist president hopeful tells army not to meddle

CAIRO (Reuters) – A leading Islamist presidential hopeful said on Thursday the army had no right to meddle in drawing up Egypt’s new constitution and said the elected parliament, on course for an Islamist majority, should control the drafting process.

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh, who was turfed out of the Muslim Brotherhood after defying its decision not to run for the presidency, also told Reuters he did not expect even hardline Islamist parliamentarians to demand new Islamic ideas be written into the constitution beyond those already in the old one.

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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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