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Dec 13, 2013

Insight: In Yemen, al Qaeda gains sympathy amid U.S. drone strikes

SANAA (Reuters) – On January 23, science teacher Ali Nasser al-Qawli had finished supervising school exams in the Yemeni village of Khawlan and was enjoying an afternoon with friends when he encountered the strangers.

They wanted a lift in a taxi Qawli and his nephew were in. A while later, locals say, an American aircraft fired missiles at the vehicle.

Dec 8, 2013

Iran, Saudi strategists spar, swap ideas, over Gulf security

MANAMA (Reuters) – Invoking religious faith and desert folklore, Gulf Arab officials proclaim wariness about a possible thaw in relations between their ally the United States and regional rival Iran.

A former Iranian official says the Islamic Republic and its neighbours should learn peaceful coexistence, without Gulf Arabs relying on the West for security. U.S.-Iranian détente could bolster stability from north Africa to central Asia, he says.

Dec 8, 2013

Al Qaeda thrives in Yemen amid weak security, stalled dialogue

MANAMA (Reuters) – Brazen al Qaeda attacks on top government targets in Yemen are unlikely to abate while security services remain divided, ill-equipped and infiltrated by militants, and efforts to repair the country’s fractured political life remain stalled.

An al Qaeda-affiliated group attacked the defense ministry in Sanaa on Thursday, killing 56 people, in a harsh reminder that extremist groups are able to operate in heavily secured areas of the capital despite a security crackdown.

Dec 7, 2013

Qatar pushes for Gulf Arab inclusion in Iran talks

MANAMA (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states must have a seat at nuclear talks between world powers and neighbouring Iran because of their own stake in regional stability, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

Gulf Arab capitals cautiously welcomed an interim nuclear accord between Tehran and six powers agreed on November 24, but some officials said Western allies had not briefed them adequately on a deal central to regional as well as global security.

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.