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.
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”.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi marched through Cairo on Sunday towards Tahrir Square, where pro-army supporters gathered to celebrate the anniversary of an attack on Israeli forces in 1973.
A member of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood was killed and at least two were wounded when marchers clashed with police in a town 300 km (190 miles) south of Cairo, security and medical sources said.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain voiced disappointment with President Barack Obama’s description of the kingdom as beset by sectarian tension, arguing its problem was with “terrorists” who fomented division.
Bahrain has been rocked by almost daily clashes by members of the Shi’ite Muslim majority since February 2011, when it quelled a Shi’ite-led uprising demanding the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty give up power.
SANAA/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – Fleeing the bloodshed and destruction of civil war in Syria, Yosra Mustafa and 15 members of her extended family crossed into Turkey, but found life there too expensive. They tried their luck with Jordan, but were refused entry. Lebanon came to nothing.
Never would they have expected to end up in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries, itself riven by Islamist insurgency, rebellion by a northern Shi’ite group and separatist unrest in the south.
BEIRUT/ABU DHABI (Reuters) – For a government under siege from rebels and international sanctions, President Bashar al-Assad’s administration shows no lack of confidence in being able to go on feeding its people.
But as official media offer glowing reports of new bakeries serving up tasty, subsidized bread and ministers assure Syrians of ample stocks in state granaries, repeated failures of tenders to import wheat and other staples tell a different story – one echoed in tales from the streets of scarcity and rising prices.
BEIRUT/ABU DHABI, Sept 12 (Reuters) – For a government under
siege from rebels and international sanctions, President Bashar
al-Assad’s administration shows no lack of confidence in being
able to go on feeding its people.
But as official media offer glowing reports of new bakeries
serving up tasty, subsidised bread and ministers assure Syrians
of ample stocks in state granaries, repeated failures of tenders
to import wheat and other staples tell a different story – one
echoed in tales from the streets of scarcity and rising prices.
MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin offered a glimpse of international compromise over Syria on Wednesday, declining to entirely rule out Russian backing for military action as he prepared to host a summit of world leaders.
As the United States and allies prepare to bypass any Russian U.N. veto and attack Damascus, there is little chance of Putin’s support. But his words may herald new efforts to overcome great power rivalries that have let Syria descend into bloody chaos.
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the U.S. Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited U.S. strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria, paving the way for a vote by the committee on Wednesday. However, the draft is much narrower than the request made by Obama and includes a provision barring the use of U.S. troops on the ground.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to approve U.S. strikes an Syria soon as the United Nations said two million Syrians had fled a conflict that posed the greatest threat to world peace since the Vietnam war.
Having startled friends and foes alike in the Middle East by delaying a punitive attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Congress reconvenes and agrees, Obama met congressional leaders at the White House to urge a prompt decision and assure them it did not mean another long war like Iraq or Afghanistan.