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Jan 28, 2013

Fleeing Islamists leave legacy of destruction in Timbuktu

Jan 28 (Reuters) – The burning of a library housing
thousands of ancient manuscripts in Mali’s desert city of
Timbuktu is just the latest act of destruction by Islamist
fighters who have spent months smashing graves and holy shrines
in the World Heritage site.

The United Nations cultural body UNESCO said it was trying
to find out the precise damage done to the Ahmed Baba Institute,
a modern building that contains priceless documents dating back
to the 13th century.

Jan 23, 2013

Algeria sends signal to jihadists with overwhelming force

LONDON (Reuters) – Algeria’s swift use of lethal force against Islamist fighters who seized one of its main gas fields raised concerns in the West but came as no surprise at home and showed clearly how the government would respond to future jihadist attacks.

By the time special forces had cleared the In Amenas complex at the weekend, nearly 70 hostages and militants lay dead. Some Western leaders seemed unaware of what was happening on the ground, complaining that they had not been consulted about the decision to go in with foreign hostages’ lives at stake.

Dec 27, 2012

Euro zone crisis batters holiday sales prospects

LONDON (Reuters) – Shoppers in euro zone nations battered by years of recession and crisis are on the hunt for bargains, delaying their purchases until the last minute, or simply not buying at all as post-Christmas sales get underway.

Britain and Sweden appeared to buck the trend, however, with the number of people visiting shops on Wednesday, the day when clearance sales traditionally start, well up on last year and sales volumes high.

Dec 20, 2012

Egyptian Islamists plan big rally as referendum looms

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Islamists are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday in a move likely to raise tensions on the eve of a divisive referendum that will determine the political future of the Arab world’s biggest nation.

The Muslim Brotherhood called for the rally after a violent confrontation between Islamists and the liberal, secular opposition in Egypt’s second city last week ended with a Muslim preacher besieged inside his mosque for 14 hours. Rival factions were armed with clubs, knives and swords.

Dec 19, 2012

Egyptian Islamists plan mass protest ahead of constitution vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Islamist groups are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday, a move that will raise tensions a day before the final stage of a referendum on a new constitution that has split the nation.

The rally announced by the Muslim Brotherhood responds to a violent confrontation between Islamists and their liberal and secular opponents in Egypt’s second city last week that ended with a Muslim preacher besieged inside his mosque for 14 hours.

Dec 17, 2012

Egypt opposition to protest against “invalid” constitution

CAIRO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Egypt’s opposition plans new
protests on Tuesday against a planned Islamist-backed
constitution that looks set to be approved in the second round
of a referendum next weekend.

Islamist President Mohamed Mursi obtained a 57 percent “yes”
vote for the constitution in initial voting on Saturday, his
party said, less than he had hoped for.

Dec 17, 2012

Egypt opposition calls for protests against basic law

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s opposition called for nationwide protests against a constitution backed by President Mohamed Mursi, after a vote exposed deep divisions that could undermine his efforts to build consensus for tough economic measures.

The Islamist leader won a 57 percent “yes” vote for the constitution in a first round of a referendum at the weekend, according to state media, a margin that was less than his party had hoped for and which is likely to embolden the opposition.

Dec 14, 2012

Egypt faces divisive choice over political future

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians decide on Saturday on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a prolonged political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world’s biggest nation.

Voting begins in a referendum on a divisive draft basic law that has pitted Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Mursi against a liberal, secular and Christian opposition in often bloody clashes in Cairo and other cities.

Dec 14, 2012

Rival factions clash as Egypt referendum looms

CAIRO, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Stone-throwing supporters and
opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi clashed in the
Egyptian city of Alexandria on Friday ahead of a referendum on a
new constitution that has divided the Arab world’s most populous
nation.

Dozens of activists fought with clubs and swords, witnesses
said, and cars were set alight on the streets of Egypt’s second
biggest city on the eve of a vote that Mursi hopes will bring an
end to the country’s worsening political crisis.

Dec 13, 2012

Egyptian factions stage final rallies before referendum

CAIRO, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi stage final rallies on Friday
before a divisive referendum on a new constitution championed by
the Islamist leader as a way out of the worst crisis since the
fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Cairo and other cities have seen a series of often violent
demonstrations over the past three weeks since Mursi assumed
sweeping new powers to push through the constitution, which he
sees as a vital element of Egypt’s transition to democracy.