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West Rebuffs Egypt Proposals for Military Intervention in Libya

wsj.com — CAIRO-Egypt's president made an aggressive gambit this week to win broad international support for military intervention to fight Islamic State in neighboring Libya-his first major foray onto the global stage. But Western diplomats said he was rebuffed because of his own crackdown at home on moderate Islamists.

Egypt President Calls for UN-Backed International Coalition to Intervene in Libya

wsj.com — CAIRO-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi called for the United Nations to form an international coalition to confront a radical Islamist movement in Libya on Tuesday. In his first public comments since Egyptian war planes pounded targets associated with Islamic State in Libya on Monday, Mr. Sisi said: "There is no other choice" for nations other than to intervene in Libya with a UN-backed mandate.

Video Purports to Show Islamic State Beheading Egyptian Hostages

wsj.com — CAIRO-A video released by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group purports to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages. The video, released late Sunday night, shows several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant.

Egypt Court Releases Al Jazeera Journalists on Bail

wsj.com — CAIRO-The two Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges were granted bail on Thursday, after the opening session of their retrial in a politically charged case. The trial will reconvene on Feb. 23. The courtroom erupted in cheers as the presiding judge granted Mohammed Fadel Fahmy bail that requires him to pay 250,000 Egyptian pounds, roughly $32,785.

In Egypt Vote, Mubarak-Era Figures Return

wsj.com — CAIRO-President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has touted upcoming parliamentary elections as the final phase in a new democratic transition here, but early indications signal the new legislature will resemble Egypt's autocratic past. Loyalists and associates of former President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt sternly for nearly 30 years, stand out among the candidates running in the March vote since registration officially began on Sunday....

New Egyptian Trial Targets Homosexuals

Egypt Appeals Court Orders Retrial in case of Al Jazeera Journalists

wsj.com — CAIRO-An appeals court in Egypt has ordered a retrial in the case of three imprisoned Al Jazeera English journalists. The decision Thursday came after a hearing at Egypt's Court of Cassation that lasted only a few minutes. Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed all have been held...

Tunisian President-elect’s Focus on Security Has Some Worried

wsj.com — TUNIS, Tunisia- Beji Caid Essebsi ran for president on a promise to eradicate terrorism and restore security. The message resonated with voters, driving him to victory in the runoff on Sunday in Tunisia's first presidential election since independence in 1956, a contest that international observers deemed free and fair.

Beji Caid Essebsi Wins Tunisian Presidency

wsj.com — TUNIS, Tunisia-Election authorities in Tunisia confirmed on Monday that 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi had won the nation's first free presidential election, securing 55.68 % of votes against his rival, interim president Moncef Marzouki. Mr. Marzouki took 44.32% of the vote, but won decisive majorities in many of the nation's heartland regions where he remained popular, indicating Tunisians are still divided over the direction of...

Tunisians Head to Elect President in Runoff

wsj.com — TUNIS, Tunisia-Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between a symbol of the country's previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist that came to power after the revolution of 2011.
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Mar 01, 2015

@liamstack "this clip is not available in your country." I'm in Iraq :-(

Mar 01, 2015

Assyrian Winged Bull in white limestone as seen in the freshly reopened Iraq National Museum in Baghdad. pic.twitter.com/mWO6LyrxAN

Mar 01, 2015

@ashrafkhalil @HafsaHalawa sisi gets more time to pass legislation unchecked. How's that bad for him?

Mar 01, 2015

Bright side: Sama AlMasry will have more time to further develop her policy platform and campaign strategy.

Mar 01, 2015

Better to delay parliamentary elections than to cancel the legislature after the song and dance?

Mar 01, 2015

Machismo is not in short supply among men in Iraq. Funny and endearing to see most of them smoking slim cigarettes.

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