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Jul 24, 2014
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U.N.’s Ban seeks advice on Iraq crisis from top Shi’ite cleric al-Sistani

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(UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R), walks after a meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Mousa )

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sought guidance from Iraq’s top cleric on Thursday, as he urged Iraqi politicians to form an inclusive government that can confront a Sunni militant insurgency.

Jul 24, 2014

Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency.

The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to Baghdad when it was hit by roadside bombs, the sources said. Gunmen then opened fire. The attack left a burned shell of the vehicle along a rural road.

Jul 19, 2014

Gunmen kill 21 Egyptian military border guards near Libya

CAIRO (Reuters) – Gunmen killed 21 Egyptian military border guards near the frontier with Libya on Saturday, highlighting a growing threat from an area that authorities say has become a haven for militants seeking to topple the Cairo government.

Security officials said the assailants were smugglers. But the army spokesman said on his Facebook page that “terrorists” – the term authorities use to describe Islamist militants – were behind the attack.

Jul 18, 2014

Egypt renews truce call as Israel intensifies Gaza offensive

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt renewed its call for a truce to end the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on Friday and France asked Qatar to use its influence with the Palestinian movement to reach a ceasefire.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, speaking at a news conference in Cairo with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius,

Jun 11, 2014

Leading anti-Mubarak activist sentenced to 15 years

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced leading activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail on Wednesday for violating a protest law and on other charges, his lawyer said, a move that outraged human rights groups.

Abdel Fattah, 33, became a symbol of the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak through his leading role in the protests and on social media. Twenty four other people were also sentenced to 15 years in jail on similar charges.

Jun 11, 2014

Leading anti-Mubarak activist sentenced to 15 years: lawyer

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced leading activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to 15 years in jail on Wednesday for violating a protest law and on other charges, his lawyer said, a move likely to outrage human rights groups.

Abdel Fattah, 33, became a symbol of the 2011 uprising against President Hosni Mubarak through his leading role in the protests and on social media. Twenty four other people were also sentenced to 15 years in jail on similar charges.

Jun 8, 2014

Sisi sworn in as Egypt’s president, cool reception from West

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt on Sunday in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by a crackdown on dissent since he ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi last year.

Last month’s presidential election, which officials said Sisi won with 97 percent of the vote, followed three years of upheaval since a popular uprising ended 30 years of rule by former air force commander Hosni Mubarak.

May 29, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi sweeps to victory in presidential vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military.

But a lower than expected turnout figure raised questions about Sisi’s credibility after his supporters had idolized him as a hero who can deliver political and economic stability.

May 28, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi heads for big win in early provisional count

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election on Wednesday, according to early provisional results.

Sisi’s campaign said their man had captured 93.4 percent with 2,000 polling stations counted, while judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted.

May 28, 2014

Lower Egypt voter turnout threatens Sisi mandate

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election on Wednesday, according to early provisional results.

Sisi’s campaign said their man had captured 93.4 percent with 2,000 polling stations counted, while judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted.