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Al Qaeda Is Back

Two spectacular al Qaeda prison breaks in Iraq, freeing over 500 of its members in two separate prisons simultaneously this week, demonstrate the …

Head of Mursi's office arrested for presidential palace violence

Egypt's prosecution ordered on Sunday the arrest of Refaa al-Tahtawi, head of the former president’s office and his deputy Asaad Mohamed Sheikha in …

John Kerry pledges early end to Pakistan drone strikes

<b>US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants "very, very soon".</b><p>Correspondents say his comments are intended as a message to ease anti-American resentment in strategically important Pakistan.<p>On Thursday Mr Kerry agreed to …

Drones

With more bloodshed in Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood remains defiant

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Digging in ever deeper

ONLY a month ago, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ruled the country. Today the military, which deposed President Muhammad Morsi on July 3rd, seems intent …

Fighting talk

SINCE its revolution in 2011, battalions of experts have advised Tunisia on everything from how to get young people into politics to how to draft …

More than 240 prisoners escape in Pakistan jailbreak

Pakistan's security forces face tough questions after Taliban gunmen stormed one of the country’s most notorious prisons, freeing hundreds of inmates.<p>A senior commander claimed the mastermind behind the attack was Adnan Rasheed, <b>author of a letter to Malala Yousafzai describing why she was singled</b> …

Malala Yousafzai

Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Is 'Well,' Says EU Official

After a long talk with ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton says Morsi, who has been detained for nearly a month, is in good health.<p>"We talked for two hours; we talked in-depth. He has access to information, in terms of TV, newspapers — so, …

An uphill struggle

ON THE eve of their revolution two and a half years ago, Tunisians scorned the grip that their president's in-laws held on the nation’s economy: "The …

Egypt: Mohamed Morsi supporters call for 'million-man' march against military

Supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi on Monday called for a “million man” rally against Egypt’s new military rulers, as the EU’s foreign policy chief worked to broker a solution to the crisis.<p>As the toll of comrades who died in Saturday’s bloodshed officially rose to 80, Islamist …

More than 1,000 inmates escape from Libyan jail

<b>About 1,200 inmates have escaped from a jail in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi.</b><p>A security official told the AP news agency that most of the escapees were facing serious charges.<p>Another report said a riot had taken place inside the al-Kwafiya prison.<p>The jailbreak comes a day after the …

Africa

At least 120 Morsi supporters reported killed in Egypt clashes

At least 120 supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, have been shot dead by security officials in what is the worst state-led massacre …

Egypt's sectarian tensions become politicised | Egypt

<b>Cairo, Egypt</b> - The army’s removal of Egypt’s first civilian elected president may have unleashed deadly clashes but for the country’s Coptic Christian minority it has brought relief.<p>While sectarian violence is becoming a pressing concern of human rights groups and attacks on Copts have continued …

Calling for change

AS PROTESTERS again took to Cairo’s Tahrir square last week, the Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault Initiative (OpAntiSH), a team of Egyptian …

Morsi being investigated over claims of 'colluding with Hamas' in uprising

The overthrown Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, is under investigation for conspiring with Hamas during Egypt's 2011 revolution, state media …

Who are the Syrian opposition?

WHEN America announced plans on June 13th to provide weapons to some of Syria’s rebels, the tart response of Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, was …

Comic Jon Stewart wows Egypt satirical show

US comedian Jon Stewart has taken the guest's seat on Egypt's top satirical TV show, modelled after his own programme "The Daily Show".<p>Stewart was brought to the set on Friday wearing a black hood and introduced by host Bassem Youssef as a captured foreign spy.<p>Sporting a scruffy beard, Stewart …

Religious Oppression Rises Despite Arab Spring, Pew Study Shows

<b>By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service</b><p>WASHINGTON (RNS) People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle East have been sorely disappointed, and a new Pew study confirms that the region has grown even more repressive for various religious groups.<p>“In 2011, …