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Nov 2, 2015

Iran says may quit Syria talks, in worsening spat with Saudi rival

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it would quit Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the “negative role” of Saudi Arabia, in the latest twist in a spat between the regional rivals that bodes ill for efforts to ease turmoil across the Middle East.

Increasingly bad-tempered exchanges between the conservative Sunni-ruled kingdom and the revolutionary Shi’ite theocracy have dampened hopes of improved ties after the adversaries sat down for their first meeting to discuss the Syria war last week.

Oct 31, 2015

Russia risks Syrian quagmire -U.S. deputy secretary of state

MANAMA (Reuters) – Moscow’s intervention in the Syrian conflict will have the unintended consequences of drawing Russia into a quagmire and alienating Sunni Muslims across the region, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday.

Russia began air strikes a month ago, changing the balance of forces in the war in favor of President Bashar al-Assad and against rebel groups that include both jihadists and non-militants backed by the West, Turkey and Gulf countries.

Oct 31, 2015

Russia risks Syrian quagmire: U.S. official Blinken

MANAMA (Reuters) – Moscow’s intervention in the Syrian conflict will have the unintended consequences of drawing Russia into a quagmire and alienating Sunni Muslims across the region, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday.

The United States has waged an air campaign against the Islamic State militant group while also backing some non-jihadist rebel groups against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia’s own air strikes aim to keep Assad in power.

Oct 22, 2015

Special Report: Egypt locks up lawyers in Islamist fight

CAIRO (Reuters) – As Egypt cracks down on its Islamist dissidents, many of the country’s lawyers are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law as well. Attorney Mohsen al-Bahnasy says so many fellow lawyers have been arrested or charged in recent months that he now spends much of his time defending them in court.

One of the lawyers he represents is accused of distributing leaflets supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group banned by the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. According to Bahnasy, his client, a lawyer, was in a police station with his own clients at the time of the alleged crime. Bahnasy says the lawyer, like others deemed sympathetic to the Brotherhood, has never distributed such leaflets and is the victim of trumped-up charges.

Sep 10, 2015

No relaxation seen in Gulf states’ curbs on Syria’s refugees

DUBAI (Reuters) – Despite withering criticism over their reluctance to host Syria’s refugees, the rich Arab Gulf states are unlikely to end their practice of keeping out those who flee the world’s trouble spots.

None of the six Gulf Cooperation Council states – Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar – has signed the U.N. convention on refugees which has governed international law on asylum since World War Two.

Sep 6, 2015

In rich Gulf Arab states, some feel shamed by refugee response

DUBAI (Reuters) – When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, fellow Gulf states raced to shelter thousands of displaced Kuwaitis. Fast forward 25 years, and the homeless from Syria’s nearby war have found scant refuge in the Arab world’s richest states.

For critics of the Gulf’s affluent monarchies the contrast is profoundly unflattering, especially as several are backers of the combatants in Syria’s conflict, so must, they argue, shoulder a special responsibility for its consequences.

Jul 15, 2015

Special Report: Bedouins drawn into Egypt’s Islamist fight

EL-ARISH/CAIRO (Reuters) – One afternoon in mid-April, a Bedouin woman screamed inside her single-storey, stone house in the Egyptian village of al-Taweela. The screams were so loud that neighbors took notice, said Ali Abu-Freij, a resident in the northern Sinai village. He and other locals saw four men in masks speed away from the house in a Toyota Land Cruiser.

“When we went to the home to see what happened, we were surprised to find the husband tied up and saying that armed men had kidnapped his wife,” said Abu-Freij.

Jul 1, 2015

Insight – Year into Sisi’s power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

CAIRO (Reuters) – After a year in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s aura of invincibility may be fading as he comes under closer scrutiny from a public growing impatient with the same social inequalities that triggered a mass uprising in 2011.

To be sure, Sisi is still firmly in control, with security forces cracking down on dissent, and Western and Gulf Arab powers on his side, pumping billions of dollars into the economy each year to support a strategic ally.

Jul 1, 2015

Year into Sisi’s power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

CAIRO (Reuters) – After a year in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s aura of invincibility may be fading as he comes under closer scrutiny from a public growing impatient with the same social inequalities that triggered a mass uprising in 2011.

To be sure, Sisi is still firmly in control, with security forces cracking down on dissent, and Western and Gulf Arab powers on his side, pumping billions of dollars into the economy each year to support a strategic ally.

Jun 14, 2015

Egypt’s EFG-Hermes says well-capitalised, east Africa of interest

CAIRO, June 14 (Reuters) – The chief executive officer of
Egypt’s EFG-Hermes, one of the Middle East’s largest
investment banks, said on Sunday the firm was well capitalised
for future growth plans, as it launched a wholly-owned
subsidiary in leasing services.

Karim Awad also told Reuters that sub-Saharan Africa,
particularly eastern Africa, was of interest to the firm.