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Sep 23, 2015

Labour leader’s borough has wealth, poverty and a radical tradition

LONDON (Reuters) – Islington, the north London neighbourhood where Labour’s new hard-left leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has his powerbase is also home to the “champagne socialists” who flourished under the party’s former hierarchy when it ran Britain.

Islington remains solid Labour, although the party languishes in opposition after two national election defeats, and not so long ago the red flag flew over the town hall.

Nov 30, 2011

Islamists expect gains in Egyptian election

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said the parliament that emerges from Egypt’s landmark elections should form a government, setting the stage for possible confrontation between Islamists and the ruling generals who have only just named a new prime minister.

The results of the first phase of the three-stage poll which could bring the Muslim Brotherhood closer to power were due to start coming out on Wednesday, but the military council which took over from ousted President Hosni Mubarak has yet to step aside.

Oct 11, 2011

World intrigued by “Occupy Wall Street” movement

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Tahrir Square in Cairo, Green
Square in Tripoli, Syntagma Square in Athens and now Zuccotti
Park in New York — popular anger against entrenching power
elites is spreading around the world.

Many have been intrigued by the Occupy Wall Street movement
against financial inequality that started in a New York park and
expanded across America from Tampa, Florida, to Portland,
Oregon, and from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Feb 28, 2011

Revolution: “One more reason to visit Egypt”

CAIRO (Reuters) – Young Egyptians have launched an “Egypt is Safe” campaign, students are cleaning up national monuments and drivers now take visitors around Cairo’s Tahrir Square as an attraction, anything to get the tourists back.

Sites around the great pyramid at Giza, a Wonder of the Ancient World, the Sphinx and the cemetery at Sakkara have been nearly empty of tourists since a revolt started a month ago that ousted Hosni Mubarak, and now Egypt wants visitors to return.

Feb 21, 2011

Britain’s Cameron first leader to visit new Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday became the first foreign leader to visit Egypt since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak which electrified the Middle East and forced the West to rethink its policies in the region.

Cameron’s arrival came hot on the heels of a visit by William J. Burns, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, who started a visit to Egypt in which he will meet with the army-led interim government as well as political groups.

Feb 21, 2011

Egypt’s Brotherhood calls for purge of old guard

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood, once banned and playing a growing role in the new Egypt, rejected a government reshuffle on Monday, calling for a purge of the old guard cabinet appointed by deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

In a bid to placate pro-democracy activists, the reshuffle late on Sunday named several Mubarak opponents but disappointed those eager for a new line-up as key defense, foreign, justice, interior and finance portfolios were left unchanged.

Feb 15, 2011

Egypt’s military seeks to restore stability

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army was expected to step up efforts to restore stability on Tuesday, hoping a promise to ensure a swift transition to civilian rule would end splinter protests that have flared since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

Facing a wave of protests by workers ranging from banking staff to tourist guides, the military rulers urged people to return to their jobs to avoid more damage to an economy hurt by the 18-day uprising.

Feb 13, 2011

Egypt military rulers under pressure from protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new military rulers, who have promised to hand power to civilians, are facing impatient protesters who want swift steps to prove their nation is set for democracy after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.

The nation wakes up to its first working day on Sunday since Mubarak was toppled during the Egyptian weekend, and protest organizers have threatened more rallies if the military fails to meet their demands.

Feb 12, 2011

Egypt’s army commits to civilian rule and treaties

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new military rulers told the nation on Saturday they were committed to civilian rule and democracy after Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow and said they would respect all treaties, a move to reassure Israel and Washington.

Pro-democracy activists in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square, the epicenter of an earthquake of popular protest that unseated Mubarak, have vowed to stay there until the Higher Military Council accepts their agenda for democratic reform.

Nov 26, 2009

Iraq inquiry hears about Blair shift on regime change

LONDON (Reuters) – George W. Bush and Tony Blair appeared to have “converged” on regime change in Iraq after talks at the U.S. president’s Texas ranch in April 2002, a former British ambassador to Washington said on Thursday.

Christopher Meyer, ambassador to the United States between 1997 and 2003, said private one-to-one talks between Bush and the then British Prime Minister seemed to mark an important point on the route to the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.