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Egyptian President Rescinds Emergency Decree

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a formal declaration he issued last month granting him sweeping emergency powers, in a push to defuse political tensions and deadly violence gripping the divided country. But a spokesman, speaking late Saturday in Cairo, said a referendum on a controversial draft constitution will still go forward as planned December […]

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Egyptian President Rescinds Emergency Decree

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month granting him sweeping emergency powers, in a push to defuse political tensions and deadly violence gripping the country. But a spokesman, speaking late Saturday in Cairo, said a referendum on a controversial draft constitution will still go forward as planned December 15. There […]

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Egyptian Islamist Parties Reject Referendum Delay

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s prime minister says President Mohamed Morsi is preparing to amend a controversial decree that gives the president sweeping powers, in a push to defuse political tensions and deadly violence gripping the country. Speaking Saturday on an Egyptian television, Hisham Qandil said a freshly appointed committee was drafting a new decree that could be approved […]

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Egyptian Islamist Parties Reject Referendum Delay

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s prime minister says President Mohamed Morsi is preparing to amend a controversial decree that gives the president sweeping powers, in a push to defuse political tensions and deadly violence gripping the country. Speaking Saturday on an Egyptian television, Hisham Qandil said a freshly appointed committee was drafting a new decree that could be approved […]

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US Senate Votes to Normalize Trade With Russia

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that normalizes trade relations with Russia, but also imposes sanctions on Russian human rights violators. Lawmakers voted Thursday to lift trade restrictions on Russia that date back to the Cold War era. The bill would also normalize U.S. trade with Moldova. President Barack Obama has pledged to sign the […]

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Afghan Spy Chief Wounded in ‘Terrorist Attack’

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say the country’s intelligence chief is in surgery after being wounded in an assassination attempt in Kabul. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Asadullah Khalid was wounded in what it called a “terrorist attack” Thursday, when a suicide bomber struck a guest house in the capital. NDS spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri said the […]

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Anti-Morsi Protest in Egypt Turns Deadly, Stocks Tumble

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 9:20 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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Egypt’s ElBaradei Calls on President to Rescind Near Absolute Powers

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 11:50 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. ElBaradei says President Mohamed Morsi must take the action to avoid the possibility of increased turmoil in the country that has recently shed its longtime repressive government. Nobel laureate ElBaradei addressed crowds that gathered […]

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Egyptian Protests Turn Violent After President Grants Himself Sweeping Powers

Posted November 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 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 about 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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Obama Presses Cambodia PM on Rights

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has voiced concerns about Cambodia’s human rights record in what U.S. officials describe as a “tense” meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Mr. Obama, who arrived in the capital, Phnom Penh, Monday, raised the issue of free and fair elections and the detention of political prisoners. U.S Deputy National Security […]

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