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.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A leading opposition figure warned of more blood on the streets when Egyptians vote on a new constitution championed by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi amid a growing political crisis.
In the referendum this Saturday and next, Egyptians must accept or reject a basic law that has to be in place before national elections can be held early next year – an event many hope can steer the Arab world’s most populous nation out of its turmoil.
BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) – Syrian military helicopters
pounded a central district of Aleppo on Saturday as forces loyal
to President Bashar al-Assad prepared for an onslaught on rebel
fighters that could determine the fate of the country’s biggest
city, opposition sources said.
Turkey, once a friend but now a fierce critic of the Syrian
government, joined growing diplomatic pressure on Assad, calling
for international steps to deal with the military build-up.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian military helicopters pounded a central district of Aleppo on Saturday as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad prepared for an onslaught on rebel fighters that could determine the fate of the country’s biggest city, opposition sources said.
Turkey, once a friend but now a fierce critic of the Syrian government, joined growing diplomatic pressure on Assad, calling for international steps to deal with the military build-up.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Syrian army tank rumbles past the entrance to a narrow city street, wreathed in oily black smoke apparently the result of a rocket-propelled grenade strike. A soldier leaps from the turret to escape the inferno.
Video footage posted by rebel fighters shows them exulting in this local victory. The images also illustrate the difficulty the army faces as it counter-attacks to drive insurgent fighters from central districts of the capital, Damascus.
ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) – In Athens, the homeless are on the streets in growing numbers, soup kitchens feed twice as many people as a year ago, and the poor are diving into garbage bins in search of scrap they can sell.
Greece is close to breaking point as it struggles with austerity targets set by creditors, but this is just a foretaste of the nightmare of unrest, hunger and even anarchy that could engulf the debt-crippled nation if it is forced out of the euro.
LONDON (Reuters) – If he had not died 20 years ago, Robert Maxwell, the disgraced newspaper tycoon, might have allowed himself a wolfish grin at the verdict of a British parliamentary committee on his old rival, Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch, according to the House of Commons select committee on culture, media and sport, which examined the phone-hacking scandal now convulsing the Australian-born mogul’s media empire, “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”.
LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Emma Willis runs a fashionable
men’s shirtmaking business in the West End of London. She is
also deeply impressed by the bravery and sacrifice of British
soldiers in Afghanistan.
While the war garners grim headlines in the West and public
doubts about the long and inconclusive campaign grow, there is
no shortage of goodwill at home for the soldiers themselves.
LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s eight children, whose pampered lives ranged from security chief and U.N. goodwill ambassador to playboy and professional footballer, earned reputations for extravagance, violence and bizarre behavior almost equaling their father’s.
Amid the chaos of war, three now appear to be dead like the deposed Libyan leader himself, four are scattered in exile and one remains on the run, their lives of privilege disrupted or ended by the collapse of Gaddafi senior’s 42-year rule.
LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s love of comic-opera uniforms, exotic female bodyguards and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for 42 years of bloody repression that in the end could not withstand a determined uprising backed by NATO air power.
Chased out of Tripoli when rebel forces took the capital last month, Gaddafi disappeared, some said into the empty desert spaces in the south of his vast country.