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Nov 12, 2013

Arab Spring nations backtrack on women’s rights, polls says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.

Almost three years after popular uprisings toppled autocratic leaders in one of the most conservative corners of the world, a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states showed three out of five Arab Spring countries in the bottom five states for women’s rights (for the methodology behind the poll, please see poll2013.trust.org).

Nov 12, 2013

Analysis: Arab Spring nations backtrack on women’s rights, poll says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.

Almost three years after popular uprisings toppled autocratic leaders in one of the most conservative corners of the world, a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states showed three out of five Arab Spring countries in the bottom five states for women’s rights (for the methodology behind the poll, please see poll2013.trust.org).

Nov 11, 2013

Moderates fade from political view in polarized Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Moderate has become a dirty word in Egypt. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, anyone who refuses to support either side uncritically has become a traitor to both.

Polarized attitudes of “you’re either with us or against us” have forced Egyptians in the middle ground to disappear largely from political view, making any reconciliation between Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed government ever more remote.

Nov 4, 2013

Arab League backs Syria peace talks, urges opposition to go

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab states formally endorsed proposed peace talks to end the Syrian civil war that have been delayed by disputes between world powers and divisions among the opposition.

A final communiqué after an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers on Sunday called on the opposition swiftly to form a delegation under the leadership of the mainstream Syrian National Coalition, to attend the “Geneva 2″ talks.

Nov 4, 2013

In court, defiant Mursi says he still Egypt’s president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Mursi struck a defiant tone on the first day of his trial on Monday, chanting ‘Down with military rule’, and calling himself the country’s only ‘legitimate’ president.

Mursi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in July after mass protests against him, appeared angry and interrupted the session repeatedly, prompting a judge to adjourn the case.

Nov 4, 2013

Mursi faces trial in Egypt in test of democracy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood arrived at a Cairo police academy on Monday to face trial on charges of inciting violence, state media reported.

It is the second time in just over two years that an ousted president has been in court in Egypt, a pivotal Arab nation some fear is sliding back into autocratic rule.

Oct 10, 2013

Egypt criticises U.S. aid cuts, Washington says not severing ties

CAIRO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Egypt criticised on Thursday a
U.S. decision to curtail military and economic aid to Cairo
after a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, although Washington
stressed it was not severing ties with its long-standing ally.

The army-backed government insisted Egypt would not bow to
U.S. pressure, saying it found the decision strange at a time
when the country was “facing a war against terrorism”.

Oct 9, 2013

Mursi faces trial as U.S. reviews aid to Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Mursi will face trial on November 4 on charges of inciting killings at protests, a prospect sure to raise concern in Washington, already considering cutting aid to Cairo to press for democracy.

Mursi has been held in a secret location since his overthrow on July 3. If he is brought before the court, it will be the Islamist leader’s first public appearance since then.

Oct 7, 2013

Grenades fired in Cairo, troops killed near Suez Canal after protesters die

CAIRO (Reuters) – Suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal and fired rocket-propelled grenades at a state satellite station in Cairo on Monday, suggesting an Islamist insurgency was gathering pace three months after an army takeover.

Dozens of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in clashes with security forces and political opponents on Sunday, one of the bloodiest days since the military deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Oct 7, 2013

Clashes across Egypt kill 51, more protests called

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 51 people were killed in clashes in Egyptian cities on Sunday, security sources said, after opponents and supporters of deposed president Mohamad Mursi took to the streets in one of the bloodiest days since the army seized power.

In a sign of more possible violence to come, an alliance including Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood urged Egyptians to protest from Tuesday and gather on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, declaring: “No one will stop us from (Tahrir) no matter what the sacrifices”.