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17th Aug 2013

Zimbabwe opposition MDC party drops Mugabe election victory challenge

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has dropped a legal challenge against President Robert Mugabe’s re-election, saying the courts wouldn’t be fair. Tsvangirai had previously called for a new election. “The Prime Minister has withdrawn his election petition,” Movement for Democratic … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Egypt: European Union plans ‘coordinated response’ to Egyptian violence

EU leaders have condemned the violent response to protests in several Egyptian cities, which have led to loss of life. Germany has joined the outcry, freezing its aid to Egypt as events unfold. Reports of fatal altercations between security forces … Continued

Egypt: 60 killed during pro-Mursi “Friday of Anger” protests increasing deaths to over 600
17th Aug 2013

Egypt: 60 killed during pro-Mursi “Friday of Anger” protests increasing deaths to over 600

  More than 60 people were killed across Egypt on Friday in clashes between pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters and security forces, according to tolls from witnesses, security sources and the health ministry. An AFP correspondent counted at least 19 bodies in … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Egypt is democracy test for West, Turkish PM says

[ "The crisis in Egypt is a test on democracy for the West," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Aug.15 at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport before departing for a visit to Turkmenistan. Daily News Photo/Selahattin Sönmez] Ankara/Cairo (Hurriyet Daily News):  Prime … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Algeria: 6 killed, 30 injured in Algerian tribal clashes

ALGIERS, (Xinhua): At least six people were killed and 30 others injured in tribal clashes in the Algerian province of Adrar, some 1,400 southwest of the capital Algiers, a provincial official said Thursday. Secretary-General of Adrar province Abdelkader El Baradei … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Egypt: Int’l community calls for restraint in Egypt

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON/CAIRO, (Xinhua): The UN Security Council Thursday called on all parties in Egypt to “exercise maximum restraint” and put an end to violence in the Middle East country hours after U.S. President Barack Obama “strongly condemned” the steps taken … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Egypt: US ‘complicit’ in killings in Egypt

The US is caught in a position where it is effectively complicit with the brutal military repression in Egypt, say critics. But others say Obama is afraid to squander the last leverage he has – suspending aid. The United States … Continued

16th Aug 2013

Tunisia: Al-Nahda chief rejects calls for technocrat government

The chairman of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government on Thursday and said the experience of Egypt should prompt parties to engage in more dialogue to resolve the country’s crisis. Al-Nahda party chairman Rached Ghannouchi … Continued

Egypt: 421 killed in violent military clampdown of pro-Morsi supporters
15th Aug 2013

Egypt: 421 killed in violent military clampdown of pro-Morsi supporters

CAIRO, (Xinhua): At least 421 people w ere killed and 3,572 others injured across Egypt in clashes between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the security troops, after the latter dispersed Wednesday two pro-Morsi sit-ins in the country, the … Continued

15th Aug 2013

Egypt: ElBaradei resigns from government as Egypt declares state of emergency

Egypt’s interim vice president and Nobel peace prize recipient Mohammed ElBaradei sent a resignation letter on Wednesday, as Egyptian forces took control of a protest camp after a bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi. In a resignation … Continued

14th Aug 2013

Tunisia: Thousands stage rival rallies ahead of Westerwelle visit

Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government have held rival rallies to mark national women’s day. They came a day before Germany’s foreign minister was due to arrive in the country. Two competing demonstrations were held … Continued

Egyptian forces start to clear pro-Morsi protest camp, over 40 killed
14th Aug 2013

Egyptian forces start to clear pro-Morsi protest camp, over 40 killed

[Photo: Alliance-dpa]   Security forces in Egypt have started clearing a sit-in in Cairo, where supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi have camped out for weeks, demanding his reinstatement. Preliminary reports suggest casualties. Police reportedly used tear gas at two … Continued

14th Aug 2013

Libyan Berbers storm parliament

Members of Libya’s ethnic Berber minority forced their way into the parliament building in Tripoli on Tuesday, smashing windows and destroying furniture, in a demonstration to push for cultural rights, an assembly spokesman said. The protest occurred during a break … Continued

Nigeria: Boko Haram militants kill 44 in mosque, challenge Obama
13th Aug 2013

Nigeria: Boko Haram militants kill 44 in mosque, challenge Obama

Suspected Islamist militants have killed dozens of people who were praying at a mosque. Separately, in a new video, the group’s leader threw down the gauntlet to foreign powers, including France, Israel and the US. The militants were dressed in … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Mali: Keita wins presidency in ‘credible’ Mali election

Malian presidential candidate Soumalia Cisse has conceded defeat to his opponent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The election was declared by EU and US observers to have been “credible and transparent.” Cisse congratulated his rival for the presidency late on Monday, in … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Egyptian police postpone crackdown on pro-Morsi camp

Egyptian security forces have delayed a plan to disperse supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, after protesters braced for confrontation. However, some Islamist politicians appear ready to negotiate. Police said on Monday they had cancelled the planned dispersal because they … Continued

11th Aug 2013

Egypt: Four people killed in Sinai by Israeli drone

Four Islamist militants were killed by a missile strike in Egypt’s North Sinai region on Friday, Egyptian security sources said. Five security sources told Reuters the attack was carried out by Israeli forces. But the Egyptian armed forces officially denied … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Burundi: Two killed in prison clashes

BUJUMBURA, (Xinhua): At least two persons were killed and several others injured in clashes between inmates and guards at two prisons in Burundi, local officials reported on Friday. Fighting erupted at Mpimba prison in the capital Bujumbura on Thursday afternoon. … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Mali’s presidential candidate denounces electoral fraud

BAMAKO, (Xinhua): Mali’s presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse denounced electoral fraud in the July 28 election late Friday, vowing to win in the second round scheduled for Sunday. “Unfortunately some small faults in the first round have tarnished the results. There … Continued

10th Aug 2013

Somalia: Four dead, 2 injured in Ethiopian military plane crash in Mogadishu airport

MOGADISHU, (Xinhua): Four people died and two others were wounded after Ethiopian military plane crash-lands at the international airport in the Somali capital Mogadishu, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said on Friday. The press released by AMISOM confirmed that … Continued

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