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Nov 14, 2012

France recognizes new Syria opposition

CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) – France became the first European power to recognize Syria’s new opposition coalition as the sole representative of its people and said on Tuesday it would look into arming rebels against President Bashar al-Assad once they form a government.

Twenty months into their bloody uprising against Assad, fragmented Syrian opposition groups struck a deal in Qatar on Sunday to form a broad coalition and their leader immediately appealed for European backing.

Nov 13, 2012

Syrian opposition leader requests European recognition

CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Europe should recognise a Syrian
opposition coalition as a provisional government, enabling it to
seek weapons for the fight against President Bashar al-Assad,
the new body’s leader said on Tuesday.

Mouaz Alkhatib, a moderate Sunni Muslim cleric who fled to
Cairo in July after repeated detentions by Syrian secret police,
was elected on Sunday to head the coalition forged in Qatar last
week to try to create a more coherent, inclusive opposition.

Nov 13, 2012

New Syrian opposition chief seeks recognition, arms

CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The leader of Syria’s new
opposition coalition called on European states to recognise it
as the legitimate government and provide it with funds to buy
the weapons it needs to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

But Britain and France appeared to set further conditions,
notably for rallying support inside the country, before they
grant full recognition to the Syrian National Coalition. And,
like the United States, Europeans are still reluctant to arm
rebel forces which include anti-Western Islamist militants.

Nov 13, 2012

Syrian opposition faces uphill battle for recognition

CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Syria’s new opposition body sought
Arab and European backing on Tuesday, but Britain and France
seemed to set new conditions for its recognition as an interim
government to take over should President Bashar al-Assad fall.

The Syrian leader has vowed to fight to the death in a
conflict that has already killed an estimated 38,000 people and
risks sucking in other countries in the volatile Middle East.

Nov 13, 2012

Syria opposition seeks support; Israel fires from Golan

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s newly named opposition leader, a soft-spoken cleric backed by Washington and the Gulf Arab states, launched his quest on Monday for international recognition as a government-in-waiting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

In a sign of the danger that the civil war could spread across Syria’s borders, Israeli forces said they fired “direct hits” on Syrian artillery in response to a mortar strike into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Nov 12, 2012

New Syria opposition seeks recognition; Israel fires from Golan

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s newly named opposition leader, a soft-spoken cleric backed by Washington and the Gulf Arab states, launched his quest on Monday for international recognition of a government-in-waiting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

In a sign of the danger that the 20-month civil war could spread across Syria’s borders, Israeli forces said they fired “direct hits” on Syrian artillery in response to a mortar strike into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Nov 12, 2012

Violence flares in Golan even as Syria’s opposition seeks recognition

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s newly named opposition leader, a soft-spoken cleric backed by Washington and the Gulf Arab states, launched his quest on Monday for international recognition of a government-in-waiting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Mouaz Alkhatib, a former imam of a Damascus mosque, flew to Cairo to seek the Arab League’s blessing for a new assembly, the day after he was unanimously elected to lead it. He made a concerted effort to address the sectarian and ethnic acrimony underlying 20 months of civil war that has killed 38,000 people.

Nov 12, 2012

New Syria opposition leader seeks world recognition

DOHA/CAIRO, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Syria’s newly named
opposition leader, a soft-spoken cleric backed by Washington and
the Gulf Arab states, launched his quest on Monday for
international recognition of a government-in-waiting to topple
President Bashar al-Assad.

Mouaz Alkhatib, a former imam of a Damascus mosque, flew to
Cairo to seek the Arab League’s blessing for a new assembly, the
day after he was unanimously elected to lead it. He made a
concerted effort to address the sectarian and ethnic acrimony
underlying 20 months of civil war that has killed 38,000 people.

Nov 7, 2012
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In Egypt’s streets, Islamists throw their weight around

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(The sun sets over the Muhammad Ali Mosque at the Citadel in Cairo June 14, 2009. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih )

Mohamed Talaat didn’t like the fact Christian music was being played at a party to promote interfaith harmony in the Egyptian town of Minya south of Cairo, so together with a group of like-minded Islamist hardliners, he showed up to put a stop to it.

Nov 7, 2012

In Egypt streets, Islamists throw weight around

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mohamed Talaat didn’t like the fact Christian music was being played at a party to promote interfaith harmony in the Egyptian town of Minya south of Cairo, so together with a group of like-minded Islamist hardliners, he showed up to put a stop to it.

It was simply un-Islamic to broadcast Christian songs, Talaat explained.

“Egypt is Islamic and so we all have to accept Islamic rules to halt any strife,” he said by telephone.