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Sep 16, 2013

Insight: Kenya cases stir African backlash against ICC

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya is canvassing support for a possible walk-out by African states from the International Criminal Court, whose prosecution of elected Kenyan leaders has revived accusations on the continent that the court unfairly targets Africans.

The start last week of the trial for crimes against humanity of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial due in November, has stirred a growing backlash against the Hague-based court from some African governments, which see it as a biased tool of Western powers.

Aug 29, 2013

Somali govt undermining federal plan – regional leader

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The president of Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region said the central government was undermining plans to create a federal system and that he would develop potential oil resources in his area even without a revenue-sharing deal with Mogadishu.

Abdirahman Mohamud Farole’s remarks in a Reuters interview show the deep national divisions and the huge task facing the Mogadishu government as it seeks to unite the nation with devolved powers after two decades of war and clan rivalry.

Aug 14, 2013

Coffin cover – Africa’s booming funerals business

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – From fish-shaped
coffins to slaughtered bulls, funerals in Africa are lavish
affairs, providing a lucrative opportunity for insurance
companies looking for business in some of the world’s fastest
growing economies.

Many of the insurance industry’s big money-spinners in
developed markets, like motor insurance and cover for household
goods, are irrelevant to the majority of Africans who cannot
afford a range of expensive personal possessions.

Jul 30, 2013

Rwanda dismisses U.S. charges it backs Congo rebels

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rwanda dismissed on Tuesday U.S. charges that it was supporting M23 rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and said leveling accusations would not help pacify the region.

Western donors halted some aid to Rwanda last year after U.N. experts said Kigali was backing rebels in eastern Congo, a region racked by fighting since the 1990s that has in part been fuelled by a struggle to control rich mineral deposits there.

Jul 26, 2013

Egypt’s generals back in favor after first flawed transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egypt’s army was last in charge, little more than a year ago, 27-year-old artist Mohamed Haroun painted a picture of the senior general surrounded by money looted from the state.

Now the army is back in control, he plans to sketch the new military chief plucking a drowning country from the sea.

Jul 25, 2013

How the Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egyptians poured onto the streets in their millions to demand the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, few thought they would return two years later demonstrating for the overthrow of the man they elected to replace him.

The stunning fall from power of President Mohamed Mursi, and the Muslim Brotherhood which backed him, has upended politics in the volatile Middle East for a second time after the Arab Spring uprisings toppled veteran autocrats.

Jul 25, 2013

Special Report: How the Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egyptians poured onto the streets in their millions to demand the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, few thought they would return two years later demonstrating for the overthrow of the man they elected to replace him.

The stunning fall from power of President Mohamed Mursi, and the Muslim Brotherhood which backed him, has upended politics in the volatile Middle East for a second time after the Arab Spring uprisings toppled veteran autocrats.

Jul 18, 2013

Exclusive: Egypt’s Brotherhood proposes first crisis talks via EU envoy

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday it had proposed through an EU go-between a framework for talks to resolve Egypt’s political crisis, its first formal announcement of an offer for negotiations since President Mohamed Mursi was toppled.

Brotherhood official Gehad el-Haddad, who represented the movement in previous EU-facilitated talks, told Reuters the proposal had been made to envoy Bernardino Leon before a visit on Wednesday by EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

Jul 15, 2013

Interview: Egypt billionaire Sawiris family to invest “like never before”

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, whose family controls the sprawling Orascom corporate empire, says he and his brothers will be “investing in Egypt like never before” after the ousting of a president he accused of bullying opponents to his rule.

Sawiris, a prominent Christian who backed a campaign against President Mohamed Mursi, told Reuters the Islamist leader’s government had sought to co-opt executives or, as in his case because he was in opposition, hit his family businesses with exceptional taxes.

Jul 15, 2013

Egypt billionaire Sawiris family to invest “like never before”

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, whose family controls the sprawling Orascom corporate empire, says he and his brothers will be “investing in Egypt like never before” after the ousting of a president he accused of bullying opponents to his rule.

Sawiris, a prominent Christian who was an outspoken critic of President Mohamed Mursi, told Reuters the Islamist leader’s government had sought to co-opt executives or, as in his case because he was in opposition, hit his family businesses with exceptional taxes.

    • 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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