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Dec 8, 2013

India’s ruling party stumbles as opponent Modi marches on

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s ruling Congress party has a very big problem, and his name is Narendra Modi.

With no more than five months to go before nearly 800 million people choose their next leader, the prime ministerial candidate for the main opposition party has seized the initiative through rabble-rousing speeches at huge rallies across the country.

Nov 22, 2013
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Modi’s Hindu nationalist campaign stirs religious divide in India’s heartland

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(A supporter of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wears a hat and goggles supporting the party’s lotus symbol during a rally being addressed by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi in Agra November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

Prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi used a large rally in India’s 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.

Nov 21, 2013

Modi campaign stirs religious divide in India’s heartland

AGRA, India (Reuters) – Prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi used a large rally in India’s 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, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is seen as a must-win battleground for Modi in a national election expected to start by April.

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.

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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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