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Aug 1, 2013

As Egypt turns up heat, Brothers struggle for strategy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Behind sandbags at the Muslim Brotherhood’s protest camp in Cairo, an activist urges supporters to embrace martyrdom.

It is not a call to arms, but a message that they shouldn’t fear death as they demonstrate against the military’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Jul 30, 2013

EU envoy given access to deposed Egypt leader Mursi

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s rulers have allowed an EU envoy to meet Mohamed Mursi, the first time an outsider is known to have had access to the deposed president since the military overthrew him and jailed him a month ago.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of “in depth” discussions with Mursi late on Monday, her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said on Twitter. Kocijancic did not say where the talks had taken place.

Jul 29, 2013

Egypt’s new top general stirs echoes of Nasser

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army is recasting the country’s political drama, giving a popular general the starring role in a change with echoes of the past that could undermine democracy in the Arab world.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has emerged as a hero to many Egyptians after toppling Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and cracking down hard on his Muslim Brotherhood.

Jul 28, 2013

Egypt minister wants Brothers in politics, not arms

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood should be part of Egypt’s political future and must stop inciting violence, the country’s foreign minister said on Sunday, a day after the group accused security forces of killing 72 of its supporters in the streets.

Nabil Fahmy warned that deepening political divisions would lead “ultimately to more tragedies” and accused the Brotherhood of igniting bloodshed that is posing a security threat to Egypt and hindering efforts to revive the fragile economy.

May 12, 2013

Newsmaker: Nawaz Sharif poised to lead Pakistan again after long wait

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – After 14 years out of power, Nawaz Sharif is poised to become prime minister again, and he is a man in a hurry to clean up what he calls Pakistan’s mess.

Sharif said on Saturday his Pakistan Muslim League Party-Nawaz (PMLN) was the clear winner in general elections and that he hoped for a majority to avoid a coalition.

May 12, 2013

Nawaz Sharif stages comeback in landmark Pakistan election

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and was heading for a third term as Pakistan’s prime minister.

The polls were a landmark, marking the first time one elected government will replace another. But the vote failed to realise the hopes of many that dynastic politics would end after years of misrule and corruption.

May 11, 2013

Sharif stages comeback in landmark Pakistan election

ISLAMABAD, May 12 (Reuters) – Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed
and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback
and was heading for a third term as Pakistan’s prime minister.

The polls were a landmark, marking the first time one
elected government will replace another. But the vote failed to
realise the hopes of many that dynastic politics would end after
years of misrule and corruption.

May 11, 2013

Sharif poised to lead Pakistan again after long wait

ISLAMABAD, May 12 (Reuters) – After 14 years out of power,
Nawaz Sharif is poised to become prime minister again, and he is
a man in a hurry to clean up what he calls Pakistan’s mess.

Sharif said on Saturday his Pakistan Muslim League
Party-Nawaz (PMLN) was the clear winner in general elections and
that he hoped for a majority to avoid a coalition.

May 10, 2013

Pakistan marks democratic milestone in close-fought election

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan goes to the polls on Saturday for an election that will bring the first transition between civilian governments, but the milestone’s significance may be lost on some voters who have lost faith in politics after years of corruption and misrule.

Widespread disenchantment with the two mainstream parties appeared this week to have brought a late surge of support for former cricket star Imran Khan, who could end up holding the balance of power if there is no clear-cut winner.

May 10, 2013

Imran Khan gains in Pakistan vote, haggling over government expected

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former Pakistan cricket star Imran Khan’s party was enjoying a late surge of support on Friday, the eve of a landmark election, raising the prospect of a fragmented parliament that could lead to weeks of haggling to form a coalition government.

The failure of other parties to capture a commanding lead raises the risk a weak government will emerge, clouding optimism over the first transition between civilian governments in a country that has been ruled by the military for more than half its history.