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Jul 13, 2013

Egypt’s divide turns brother against brother

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islam Ibrahim has no idea if his older brother Nasim was one of the Republican Guardsmen shooting at him when he and hundreds of other Egyptians were wounded and more than 50 killed.

The brothers, who moved together to Cairo from a village near the Suez Canal, stayed close until last week, when the army in which Nasim serves toppled the president that Islam has vowed to defend.

Jul 10, 2013

Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of Brotherhood leaders

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the arrest on Wednesday of the leaders of ousted President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, charging them with inciting violence that saw 55 of their members shot dead.

A week after the army toppled Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, the bloodshed on Monday has opened fissures in the Arab world’s most populous country, with levels of bitterness unseen in its modern history.

Jul 10, 2013

Egypt PM confers with liberals for post-Mursi cabinet

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new interim prime minister reached for liberals on Wednesday to revive a shattered economy as he began forming a government to heal a nation bitterly divided by bloodshed a week after the elected president was overthrown.

Egyptians hoped the start of the Ramadan Muslim fasting month would cool passions that have raised animosity to a level unseen in the modern history of the most populous Arab state.

Jun 9, 2013

Ex-CIA man says exposed U.S. spy scheme for better world

LONDON (Reuters) – An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency said he was the man who had leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world”.

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program codenamed PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt his country was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.

May 23, 2013

Insight: In attacker’s argot, Londoners shocked to hear one of their own

LONDON (Reuters) – In the lurid scene of the red-handed knifeman describing his motives for hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight, perhaps the most chilling aspect for Londoners was the man’s unmistakably familiar accent.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was filmed wielding a bloody meat cleaver and butcher’s knife as the soldier lay dead on the road behind him, was not a maladjusted immigrant like Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but a true Londoner born and bred.

May 19, 2013

Outlook dim as Syria diplomacy gathers force

AMMAN/LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s diplomats will make a major new push in the coming days for negotiations to end Syria’s civil war, but their chances of achieving a peace deal look as remote as ever.

President Bashar al-Assad poured scorn on new plans for peace talks announced unexpectedly by the United States and Russia two weeks ago and planned for Geneva in early June.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston suspect’s web page venerates Islam, Chechen independence

By Peter Graff

(Reuters) – Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posted links to Islamic websites and others calling for Chechen independence on what appears to be his page on a Russian language social networking site.

Abusive comments in Russian and English were flooding onto Tsarnaev’s page on VK, a Russian-language social media site, on Friday after he was identified as a suspect in the bombing of the Boston marathon.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston suspects bring echo of Chechnya’s bloodshed

April 19 (Reuters) – During the lifetime of the two Boston
bombing suspects, their homeland Chechnya has seen two Russian
invasions unleash some of Europe’s worst bloodshed in
generations, and produced fighters who carried out attacks on
civilians that shocked the world.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the
attacks on the Boston Marathon or evidence made public of the
motivations of the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev.

Apr 19, 2013

Boston bombers bring echo of Chechnya’s legacy of violence

April 19 (Reuters) – During the lifetime of the two Boston
bombing suspects, their homeland Chechnya has seen two Russian
invasions unleash some of Europe’s worst bloodshed in
generations, and produced fighters who have carried out horrific
attacks on civilians.

So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the
attacks on the Boston Marathon or evidence made public of the
motivations of the suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev.

Feb 2, 2013

Video of protester stripped and beaten fires Egypt fury

CAIRO (Reuters) – After eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people, a video of one demonstrator stripped naked, dragged across the ground and beaten with truncheons by helmeted riot police has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage.

Hamada Saber, a middle-aged man, lay in a police hospital on Saturday, the morning after he was shown on television naked, covered in soot and thrashed by half a dozen policemen who had pulled him to an armored vehicle near the presidential palace.