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Nov 21, 2013

Narendra Modi campaign stirs religious divide in UP

AGRA, India (Reuters) – Prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi used a large rally in the historic city of Agra on Thursday to push his Hindu nationalist agenda in a key election state where the sizeable Muslim minority eyes his campaign with alarm.

With a bigger population than Russia and 80 parliamentary seats up for grabs, Uttar Pradesh (UP) is seen as a must-win battleground for Modi in a national election expected to start by April.

Nov 8, 2013

Thousands flock to Modi as campaign builds steam

BAHRAICH (Reuters) – No matter that Narendra Modi’s election rally on Friday was held in a field outside a remote town not far from the border with Nepal.

Still they came, on foot, clinging to the back of tractors, crammed into rickety buses.

Nov 8, 2013

Indians flock to opposition leader Modi as campaign builds steam

BAHRAICH, India (Reuters) – No matter that Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi’s election rally on Friday was held in a field outside a remote town not far from the border with Nepal.

Still they came, on foot, clinging to the back of tractors, crammed into rickety buses.

Jul 16, 2013

Seven dead as police and protesters clash in Egypt

CAIRO, July 16 (Reuters) – Seven people were killed and more
than 260 wounded when supporters of Mohamed Mursi clashed with
the deposed president’s opponents and security forces through
the night as violence returned to Egypt’s streets.

Two people were killed at a bridge in central Cairo where
police and anti-Mursi locals clashed with some of his supporters
who were blocking a route across the River Nile. Another five
were killed in the Cairo district of Giza, said the head of
emergency services, Mohamed Sultan.

Jul 16, 2013

Clashes return to streets of Cairo in another blow for Egypt

CAIRO, July 16 (Reuters) – Egyptian police and protesters
clashed in central Cairo early on Tuesday after fights broke out
between supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi
and locals angered when they tried to block major thoroughfares
crossing the River Nile.

The MENA state news agency said at least 22 people were
injured in the violence, which began just after 9 p.m. (1900
GMT) on Monday and lasted into the early hours of Tuesday.

Jul 13, 2013

Egypt’s Islamists take to streets of Cairo, but protests peaceful

CAIRO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Egyptians marched on Cairo’s streets in the early hours of Saturday to demand ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi be reinstated, but there were none of the deadly clashes that swept Egypt a week ago.

Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood called on Friday for “a day of marching on”, and 10 days after the military overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected president, large crowds descended on the capital waving flags and chanting slogans.

Jul 12, 2013

Egypt braces for more protests, prays for calm

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi called for protests on Friday, and Egyptians prayed there would be no repeat of clashes that killed more than 90 people in the last week and left the Arab world’s biggest nation bitterly divided.

Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement wants people to join it on the streets to push for Egypt’s first freely elected leader to be reinstated, an aim that now seems in vain.

Jul 11, 2013

Infighting threatens Egypt transition plan, army orders arrests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Political infighting threatened to stall Egypt’s transition plans on Thursday, as the military cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood leaders it blames for inciting a clash in Cairo in which troops shot and killed 53 protesters.

Monday’s violence between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader toppled by the army last week, and soldiers at a military compound has opened deep fissures in the Arab world’s most populous country.

Jul 10, 2013

Egypt looks forward to new elections, back to week of bloodshed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim authorities, boosted by $8 billion in Gulf aid, start work on forming a cabinet on Wednesday, a week after the elected Islamist president was ousted by the army leading to a wave of violence in which at least 90 people were killed.

Wrangling between political groups over a decree setting the rules for the transition, designed to usher in parliamentary elections within about six months, could point to a bumpy road ahead.

Jul 8, 2013

Egyptian PM deadlock drags on as hundreds of thousands protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Deadlock over Egypt’s interim prime minister entered a third day on Monday after the Islamist Nour Party rejected candidates for interim prime minister, prolonging the impasse amid huge protests that turned violent and killed more than 35.

Egypt’s military, which overthrew elected leader President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, can ill afford a lengthy political vacuum at a time of violent upheaval and economic stagnation in the Arab world’s largest nation of 84 million people.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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