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Govt Air Strike ‘Kills 60’ as Peace Envoy Visits Syria

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say a government air strike on a bakery killed more than 60 people Sunday, even as international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi began another visit to negotiate an end to Syria’s civil war. The attack occurred in the rebel-controlled town of Halfaya in Hama province. If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest […]

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Egypt Opposition Vows to Keep Fighting Islamist-Backed Constitution

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s liberal opposition coalition says it will keep fighting an Islamist-backed constitution despite its apparent approval in a two-stage referendum. In a Cairo news conference Sunday, the National Salvation Front said it has asked electoral authorities to investigate irregularities in the referendum, which ended Saturday with voting in 17 of Egypt’s 27 provinces. Voting began […]

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Syria Activists: Government Air Strikes Kill Dozens

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian rights activists say government air strikes have killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of the country, as international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi began another visit to Damascus to try to resolve Syria’s civil war. Local activists said government warplanes hit a bakery in the central town of Halfaya in Hama province on Sunday, […]

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Egypt Opposition to Challenge Apparent Passage of Constitutional Referendum

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s liberal opposition coalition says it will challenge the outcome of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that appears to have won majority approval. The two-stage vote was marred by low turnout and accusations of widespread fraud. Speaking Sunday, members of the opposition National Salvation Front said they plan to file complaints about voting irregularities […]

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Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt Constitution Approved

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood says voters have approved the country’s new controversial constitution. The Brotherhood said about 64 percent of the voters cast a “yes” ballot for the charter over two days of voting. The first round was held on December 15 and a second round took place Saturday. Voter turnout was reported to be […]

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Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt Constitution Approved

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood says voters have approved the country’s new controversial constitution. The Brotherhood said more than 71 percent of the voters cast a “yes” ballot for the charter on Saturday, bringing the two-day total to about 64 percent. The Muslim Brotherhood, the former party of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, supports the new constitution. […]

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Polls Close in Egyptian Referendum on Constitution

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The polls have closed in Egypt in the second and final round of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has sparked weeks of violence and protests. About 25 million Egyptians were eligible to cast ballots Saturday. Election officials extended the voting to 11 p.m. local time, as they did in the first round of […]

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Egypt’s Vice President Resigns Post

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Vice President Mahmoud Mekky has announced his resignation, after playing a key role in national unity talks called for by President Mohamed Morsi. In a statement Saturday, Mekky said he is stepping down because political work does not suit his professional background as a judge. Mekky said he first submitted his resignation letter on […]

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Final Voting in Egypt on New Constitution

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptians are voting Saturday in the second and final round of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that has sparked weeks of violence and protests. About 25 million Egyptians are eligible to cast ballots. Election officials extended the voting to 11 p.m. local time, as they did in the first round of the referendum last […]

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Final Round of Voting Begins on Egyptian Constitution

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Polling stations are open in Egypt for the second and final round of a referendum on a controversial new constitution. The stations opened Saturday morning. Unofficial results from last Saturday’s first round of voting appeared to give a 57 percent approval for the new charter. The measure has the support of President Mohamed Morsi’s former […]

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