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Jun 1, 2014

Once on the edge of defeat, Syria’s Assad runs again for president

BEIRUT, June 1 (Reuters) – It was not so long ago that
Bashar al-Assad’s enemies thought he was finished.

In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates
of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried
forces.

May 27, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi closes in on presidency as government seeks bigger turnout

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to emerge from a second and final day of voting on Tuesday as Egypt’s next head of state, returning the presidency to a military man as hopes for democracy fade three years after Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.

Seeking to boost turnout that appeared low on the first day of voting, the government declared Tuesday a holiday and extended voting by an hour so that polls would close at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT). The central bank also declared a bank holiday.

May 27, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi closes in on presidency as govt seeks bigger turnout

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to emerge from a second and final day of voting on Tuesday as Egypt’s next head of state, returning the presidency to a military man as hopes for democracy fade three years after Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.

Seeking to boost turnout that appeared low on the first day of voting, the government declared Tuesday a holiday and extended voting by an hour so that polls would close at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT). The central bank also declared a bank holiday.

Apr 11, 2014

Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

CAIRO (Reuters) – In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt’s briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood.

“In the name of God the Merciful”, it reads, “Allah commands you to render trust to whom it is due, and when you judge between people to judge with justice”.

Apr 11, 2014

Insight – Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

CAIRO (Reuters) – In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt’s briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood.

“In the name of God the Merciful”, it reads, “Allah commands you to render trust to whom it is due, and when you judge between people to judge with justice”.

Apr 9, 2014

Hezbollah confident in Assad, West resigned to Syria stalemate

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah said his Western foes must now accept he will go on ruling Syria after fighting rebels to a standstill – a “reality” to which his foreign enemies seem increasingly resigned.

Echoing recent bullish talk coming out of Damascus, Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia which is supporting Assad in combat, told Reuters that the president retained popular support among many of Syria’s diverse religious communities and would shortly be re-elected.

Apr 9, 2014

Hezbollah confident in Assad, West resigned to stalemate

BEIRUT, April 9 (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad’s Lebanese ally
Hezbollah said his Western foes must now accept he will go on
ruling Syria after fighting rebels to a standstill – a “reality”
to which his foreign enemies seem increasingly resigned.

Echoing recent bullish talk coming out of Damascus, Sheikh
Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia
which is supporting Assad in combat, told Reuters that the
president retained popular support among many of Syria’s diverse
religious communities and would shortly be re-elected.

Apr 1, 2014

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood chief calls Sisi a ‘tyrant’

CAIRO (Reuters) – The top leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood accused Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief widely tipped to become the country’s next president, of being a tyrant and predicted he would fail to stay in power.

Speaking on Tuesday from a cage in a courtroom where he faces trial for inciting violence, Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie also dismissed accusations by the military-backed government that the group engaged in terrorism.

Mar 11, 2014

Insight – Al Qaeda hijacks spirit of Syria revolt three years on

KILLIS, ON THE TURKISH-SYRIAN BORDER (Reuters) – Syrian refugees in this border outpost were delighted to hear their home town of Azaz had been liberated – not from Bashar al-Assad’s troops but from al-Qaeda fighters who subjected them to a regime that included torture and public beheadings.

For Syrians who three years ago rose up against 43 years of Assad family rule, living under the hard-line Sunni jihadists who said they had come to save them from the president’s atrocities was even worse than Assad himself.

Mar 11, 2014

Al Qaeda hijacks spirit of Syria revolt three years on

KILLIS, ON THE TURKISH-SYRIAN BORDER, March 11 (Reuters) -
S yrian refugees in this border outpost were delighted to hear
their home town of Azaz had been liberated – not from Bashar
al-Assad’s troops but from al-Qaeda fighters who subjected them
to a regime that included torture and public beheadings.

For Syrians who three years ago rose up against 43 years of
Assad family rule, living under the hard-line Sunni jihadists
who said they had come to save them from the president’s
atrocities was even worse than Assad himself.