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Egyptian Judges to Boycott Referendum on Islamist-Backed Constitution

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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An influential group of Egyptian judges says it will not oversee a December 15 referendum on a new constitution, a move that could undermine the legitimacy of the charter supported by the nation’s Islamist president. In a statement published Sunday by state news agency MENA, the Judges Club said its members unanimously agreed to boycott […]

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Egyptians Protest Draft Constitution, State Court On Strike

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 11:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Egyptians demonstrated Friday against a draft constitution approved by an Islamist panel. Protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for an eighth straight day of demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi and the draft constitution set to to for a vote in a nationwide referendum. Massive protests also took place in the coastal […]

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Bangladeshi Garment Workers Protest Deadly Blaze

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of garment workers took to the streets of Bangladesh on Monday to protest a factory blaze that killed at least 110 people. Demonstrators blocked a major highway and some threw stones at a factory nearby on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Hundreds of workers were trapped in the fire that began late […]

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Anti-Morsi Protest in Egypt Turns Deadly, Stocks Tumble

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have stormed an office of his Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country’s north, triggering a fight that killed one person and wounded at least 40 others. Brotherhood leaders identified the fatality as a 15-year-old Islamist youth, but it was not clear how he was killed in Sunday’s incident in […]

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Bangladesh Factory Fire Kills At Least 110

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Fire officials say a lack of emergency exits contributed to the deaths of at least 110 people, when a fire swept through a garment factory in Bangladesh. Authorities said Sunday that the blaze broke out on the ground floor of a multi-story building the night before in a factory outside the capital, Dhaka. Firefighters fought […]

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Bombing Strikes Pakistan Shi’ite Procession, Kills 5

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northwestern Pakistan say a bomb blast near a Shi’ite religious procession has killed at least five people and wounded some 90 others. The explosion Sunday in Dera Ismail Khan came a day after a similar blast targeting Shi’ite Muslims in the same town killed seven people, including three children. The Pakistani Taliban have […]

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Egypt’s ElBaradei Calls On President To Rescind Near Absolute Powers

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei has called on Egypt’s president to rescind the near absolute powers he has granted himself to avoid the possibility of increased turmoil in the country that has recently shed its longtime repressive government. The Nobel laureate addressed crowds that have gathered Saturday in Cairo’s central square to protest President […]

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Egypt’s ElBaradei Calls On President To Rescind Near Absolute Powers

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei has called on Egypt’s to rescind the near absolute powers he has granted himself to avoid the possibility of increased turmoil in the country that has recently shed its longtime repressive government. The Nobel laureate addressed crowds that have gathered Saturday in Cairo’s central square to protest President Mohamed […]

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Egyptian Protests Turn Violent After President Grants Himself Sweeping Powers

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters in several Egyptian cities have attacked the offices of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, as rival pro- and anti-government groups demonstrate in Cairo over a new presidential decree. The violence comes a day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi put himself above oversight and declared that his decisions cannot be appealed by the courts or any […]

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Gaza and Israel Calm as Cease-fire Holds

Posted November 22nd, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A cease-fire that halted eight days of deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas held firm on Thursday as thousands of flag-waving Gaza residents poured into the streets, while in Israel the mood was more subdued. Following a night of quiet skies after an Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect late Wednesday, Gaza’s Hamas prime minister hailed […]

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