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Special Report: The real force behind Egypt’s ‘revolution of the state’

Special Report: The real force behind Egypt’s ‘revolution of the state’

(Reuters) – In Hosni Mubarak’s final days in office in 2011, the world’s gaze focused on Cairo, where hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded the resignation of one of the Arab world’s longest serving autocrats. Little attention was paid when a group of Muslim Brotherhood leaders broke free from their cells in a prison in the far off Wadi el-Natroun ... Read More »

11-year-old Syrian Boy Has Only One Goal; Killing President Assad

11-year-old Syrian Boy Has Only One Goal; Killing President Assad

He is 11-years-old, has an AK-47 and he wants to kill Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Schoolboy Mohammed Afar, who lives in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, is not much taller than the assault rifle he carries, along with live ammunition and a walkie-talkie. He sports a jacket marked with the badges of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) and ... Read More »

Army Calls For Rallies In Egypt

Army Calls For Rallies In Egypt

Egypt’s army chief has called for rallies to back a crackdown on “terrorism and violence”, in comments Islamists denounced as a call to “civil war” ahead of their own protests. With tensions already running high following the army’s ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, the call by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for demonstrations raises the prospect of further ... Read More »

11yr old girl flees family over arranged marriage, speaks out online

11yr old girl flees family over arranged marriage, speaks out online

The 11 year old Yemen girl, Nada Al-Ahdal (pictured above) who ran away from home after her parents promised her hand in marriage, has spoken out online saying ‘she’s not an item for sale.’ Nada said she was forced to run away and live with her uncle after she was promised to another man. “They told me that I am ... Read More »

Breaking News: One killed, seven injured in Cairo clashes: state TV

Breaking News: One killed, seven injured in Cairo clashes: state TV

(Reuters) – An Egyptian man was killed and seven were injured in clashes on Monday between supporters and opponents of the ousted President Mohamed Mursi, state television reported. The opposing camps threw stones and shot fireworks at each other near Cairo’s Tahrir square as security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse them, witnesses said. (Reporting by Asma Alsharif) ... Read More »

Car bomb kills women and children in Syria’s south

Car bomb kills women and children in Syria’s south

(Reuters) – A car bomb killed several civilians, including women and children, in a town south of Damascus on Wednesday, Syrian state television said. The car was parked near the Amari Mosque in Kanaker, the channel reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, quoted activists as saying seven people had died. The small town is under ... Read More »

2013 Hajj: Saudi Urges The Elderly, People With Chronic Diseases To Stay Away, Others To Wear Face Masks At Holy Sites

2013 Hajj: Saudi Urges The Elderly, People With Chronic Diseases To Stay Away, Others To Wear Face Masks At Holy Sites

Saudi Arabia will not issue Haj visas this year for the elderly and people with chronic diseases in a bid to prevent the spread of the SARS-like Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus during the upcoming pilgrimage season, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The kingdom, the which has become home to a new respiratory virus, also asked that pilgrims ... Read More »

Men ejected from Saudi festival, deported for ‘being too handsome’

Men ejected from Saudi festival, deported for ‘being too handsome’

Finally, a news story we can relate to. An annual culture festival in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh was interrupted when three men from the United Arab Emirates stand were ejected for being too handsome. “A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds [that] they are too handsome and that the Commission members feared ... Read More »

Gunmen attack church in Libya’s Benghazi: state media

(Reuters) – Gunmen attacked an Egyptian Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, assaulting two priests, the official LANA news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Sunday. The foreign ministry said it “strongly condemned Thursday’s attack on the Egyptian church … and the aggression towards Father Paul Isaac and his assistant by the irresponsible armed men,” ... Read More »

Egypt’s top judges slam President Mursi for ‘unprecedented assault’

Egypt’s top judges slam President Mursi for ‘unprecedented assault’

Egypt’s highest body of judges on Saturday accused President Mohammed Mursi of “unprecedented assault” on the judiciary by assuming sweeping powers putting him beyond judicial oversight, with some going on protest strike. The Supreme Judicial Council said after an emergency meeting that Mursi’s constitutional declaration was “an unprecedented assault on the independence of the judiciary and its rulings.” The council, ... Read More »

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