North Africa

Hundreds of Egyptian Villagers Lynch Two Men Accused of Kidnapping Children

March 19, 2013

“Mamdooh al-Munir, a local spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood said that the lynching followed a spate of rapes in the area. He said there had been a number of incidents in the last few months of girls being abducted on their way home from school.”

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Video Shows French Hostages Held By Islamist Extremists in Cameroon

March 18, 2013

“The video’s audio airs a man’s voice that identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier. He says that his family is being held by the Islamic radical sect known as Boko Haram which wants all its members freed, especially women and children held in Nigerian and Cameroonian custody.”

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Hacker Guccifer Releases Memos Sent to Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and Libya

March 18, 2013

“In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.”

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Egypt’s Ruling Muslim Brotherhood Party: United Nations’ Declaration on Women’s Rights Could Destroy Society

March 14, 2013

“Egypt has joined Iran, Russia and the Vatican – dubbed an “unholy alliance” by some diplomats – in threatening to derail the women’s rights declaration by objecting to language on sexual, reproductive and gay rights.”

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President Obama Meets With Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

March 13, 2013

“A statement issued by the White House after the meeting on Wednesday said that Mr. Obama had “stressed the importance of Libya’s cooperation with the ongoing investigation” and added that he and Mr. Zeidan had also discussed ways to strengthen Libya’s institutions.”

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President Obama Nominates Deborah K. Jones as U.S. Ambassador to Libya

March 13, 2013

“Jones has previously served as U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington.”

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Violent Protests Erupt in Egypt After Court Upholds Death Sentences For 21 Soccer Rioters

March 9, 2013

“Three protesters have been killed and reportedly 65 injured in Cairo as outraged crowds protest both in the Egyptian capital and the city of Port Said over the latest verdict on the deadly Port Said stadium riot in February 2012.”

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Dozens of Gunmen Abduct Private Television Station Owner and 5 Crew in Tripoli, Libya

March 9, 2013

“One of the anchors at the Alassema station where the attack took place, Mohammed al-Sharkassi, told another news network that he had also been accosted outside his workplace by “individuals who identified themselves as former rebels.””

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U.S. State Department Delays Award For Controversial Egyptian Activist

March 9, 2013

“Ibrahim was named earlier this week as one of 10 winners of the International Women of Courage award, an honor to be given on Friday.”

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Sudanese Rebels Attack Government Soldiers in the Darfur Region to Stop President Bashir From Visiting

March 9, 2013

“Sudan’s army confirmed a clash with fighters near the capital of North Darfur state El Fasher on Wednesday, but said security forces repelled the attack.”

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Egypt Electoral Commission Delays Parliamentary Elections Set to Begin Next Month

March 9, 2013

“Thursday’s move comes after a court ruled that the electoral law backed by President Mohamed Morsi needed to be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court.”

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Locust Plague Threatens Crops in the Middle East

March 8, 2013

“Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects to prevent an outbreak.”

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Fox News Incorrectly Overstates and Blames Egypt’s Problems on President Mohamed Morsi

March 7, 2013

Instead of critically analyzing statistics and facts, Fox News often, like in this case, uses information that sounds bad but isn’t actually relevant, congruent, or applicable.

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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Harlem Shake Videos Provoking Sectarian Violence in Tunisia

March 6, 2013

“Videos posted by Tunisian students have provoked a violent backlash by conservative Muslims, condemnations from the education minister and hundreds of new copycat videos online.”

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