Saturday , 6 June 2020

Middle East

Dozens reported killed in Egypt (video)

CAIRO — Deadly violence erupted in Cairo on Monday at a sit-in by supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, leaving many dead and raising the specter of civil war. Egypt’s health ministry said at least 42 people were killed and over 300 hundred injured when Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the president’s ouster outside a military …

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Who, how and where in Syria?

ONE reason American officials give for Barack Obama’s reluctant decision to arm Syria’s rebels is that it will bolster and unify the ranks of the more moderate fighters among those battling President Bashar Assad. The administration says it plans to funnel arms through Selim Idriss, a defected general who heads the political opposition’s Supreme Military Council. Yet choosing who gets …

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El Baradei’s appointment as Egyptian prime minister rolled back amid dispute

CAIRO — Divisions opened Saturday among the mixed coalition of Egyptian activists and politicians who banded together against their country’s Islamist government this week, with a dispute over who would become the interim prime minister showing sharp disagreements about how the country should be organized. Egyptian state media reported, then later rolled back an announcement Saturday that former U.N. nuclear agency chief …

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Egyptian Turmoil Jolts Gaza’s Hamas Rulers

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has delivered a sharp jolt to Gaza’s Hamas rulers, robbing them of their most important ally and raising difficult questions about the future of Islamic political movements in the region. On Friday, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he is “monitoring developments” in Gaza’s larger neighbor, and is hopeful relations will endure despite …

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Iran importing missile-grade French, German ore

Exploiting a loophole in Western sanctions, Iran is importing a high grade of refined alumina ore from several European countries including Germany and France that Tehran could be using to make armor parts and missile components. Western measures imposed on Iran over its disputed nuclear program have hit many sectors of its economy including steel and other metals, where it …

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Egyptian troops open fire on Morsi supporters (video)

Egyptian troops opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi marching on a Republican Guard facility Friday. Reuters is reporting three people are dead and several are wounded. The shooting happened as hundreds of Morsi supporters marched on the Guard building, where Morsi was staying at the time of his ouster, before being taken into military custody in an …

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Egypt army ousts Morsi, suspends constitution

President Mohamed Morsi has been stripped of his power by the Egyptian army, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said in a statement. The country’s chief justice will be the interim president of the country. The country’s constitution has also been suspended. “The military’s road map consists of dissolving the constitution and holding early presidential elections,” Sisi said. “The address of the president …

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Israel launching biometric database

Official reports from Israel’s Deputy Interior Minister reveal that the country’s national biometric database is expected to launch in mid-July. According to a Haaretz report, the database – which was originally scheduled to commence in November of 2011 – was delayed by an unforeseen, lengthy legislative proceeding that included an appeal to Israel’s High Court of Justice. The unsuccessful appeal, …

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Morsi adviser says ‘coup’ underway (video)

CAIRO — President Mohammed Morsi’s national security adviser said Wednesday that a “coup” was underway after the president again refused to heed demands by the military to resign. Morsi called on the army not to “take sides” in the growing clash between rival political groups. The Associated Press quoted unidentified Egyptian officials as saying a travel ban had been issued …

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