North Africa

Egyptian President Morsi Rejects Opposition’s Calls For New Unity Government

January 31, 2013

“Facing dire warnings from the military about the country’s growing chaos, Egyptian opposition leaders banded together for the first time on Wednesday and pressed President Mohamed Morsi to form a national unity government as a way to halt the violence.”

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Head of the Egyptian Military: Political Conflict Could Lead to the Collapse of the State

January 29, 2013

“”The continuation of the struggle of the different political forces … over the management of state affairs could lead to the collapse of the state,” he said.”

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United Nations: Syrian Refugees Exceed 700,000

January 29, 2013

“More than 700,000 Syrian refugees have registered in neighboring countries or await processing there, and aid workers are struggling to keep up with the exodus, the United Nations said on Tuesday.”

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Egyptian Protesters Defy Curfew And Attack Police Stations in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez

January 29, 2013

“At least two men died in overnight fighting in the canal city of Port Said, the latest unrest in a wave of violence unleashed last week on the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 revolt that brought down autocrat Hosni Mubarak.”

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Residents of Port Said, Egypt: Conflict With President Morsi Began With Harsh Soccer Riot Court Verdict

January 29, 2013

“That the city turned so vehemently against him with a single court verdict underscores Morsi’s increasing vulnerability, and suggests that others could just as easily shift their favor — potentially altering the nature of Egypt’s political divide.”

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Egypt’s Main Opposition Alliance Rejects President Morsi’s Call for Unity Talks

January 28, 2013

“Mr Morsi had urged opposition leaders to attend a meeting following four days of deadly violence.”

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Islamist Militants Attack an Oil Pipeline in Algeria, Killing 2 Guards and Injuring 7 Others

January 28, 2013

“The Djebahia region, some 70 km east of the capital, is a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which earlier this month killed 37 foreigners at a gas plant in the south, and is where its leader Abdelmalek Droukdel is believed to be based, the source said.”

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White House: President Obama Condemns Violence in Egypt

January 28, 2013

“The White House says it “strongly condemns” the wave of violence in Egypt and says Egyptian leaders should make clear that violence is not acceptable.”

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U.S. Military Preparing to Establish a Drone Base in Northwest Africa to Combat Terrorism

January 28, 2013

“For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.”

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Protests in Egypt Extend into a Fifth Day With No End in Sight

January 28, 2013

“President Morsi had already declared a monthlong state of emergency here and in the other canal towns of Suez and Ismailia, applying a Mubarak-era law that virtually eliminates due process protections against abuse by the police.”

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Protests Continue in Egypt Despite Overnight Curfew Imposed by Government

January 28, 2013

“He had urged opposition leaders to attend a meeting on Sunday evening in an effort to calm the situation, but only Islamists already aligned with the president turned up.”

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Egypt Presidential Cabinet Grants Egyptian Army Power to Arrest Civilians

January 28, 2013

“The source said the army would “behave like a police force” meaning that any detainees would go to a civilian and not military court.”

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Egypt President Morsi Sets 9:00 p.m. Curfew in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez

January 27, 2013

“The three northeastern Egyptian cities, all of them along the Suez Canal, have been sites of deadly violence in recent days.”

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Egypt President Morsi Declares Month-Long State of Emergency in 3 Cities

January 27, 2013

“Seven people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 people killed there when locals angered by a court decision went on the rampage as anti-government protests spread around the country.”

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Egyptian Protesters Demonstrate After Egypt Court Sentences 21 People to Death in Connection to Soccer Riot

January 27, 2013

“At least 30 people have died in Port Said, officials say, in clashes sparked by the sentencing to death of 21 local people over football riots in Egypt.”

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