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Egypt protesters demand ‘civil marriage’

CAIRO — Dozens of Egyptians protested on Thursday to demand the introduction of civil marriages, in order to be able to divorce or remarry. Protesters — Coptic Christians as well as Muslims — want the next parliament elected in September to adopt a law to to allow civil marriages. Currently,…

Clashes erupt outside Egyptian court trying ex-minister

CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptians angry with the delays in the trial of ex-interior minister Habib Adly clashed on Sunday with anti-riot police outside the courtroom, an AFP reporter witnessed. Adly, once one of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s most trusted ministers, and six other defendants are accused of ordering the…

US hails Egypt vote as ‘important step’

CAIRO – The United States said Sunday that a weekend vote in Egypt that drew millions to the polls was an “important step” towards achieving the goals of the protesters who ended decades of authoritarian rule. US ambassador Margaret Scobey hailed the huge turnout for the referendum on constitutional changes…

El Baradei: Egypt must vote ‘no’ on military’s plans for future

By Ben Sheppard NEW DELHI — Egyptian presidential contender Mohamed ElBaradei said on Friday that the “miracle” of his country’s revolution must be cemented by a rejection of changes being offered by the army in a referendum. Egyptians will vote Saturday on the military’s plans for the future after Hosni…

Hundreds airlifted from Tunisia in mass evacuation

DJERBA, Tunisia – A major European operation was under way Thursday to airlift out of Tunisia thousands of people who fled the bloodshed in Libya as Washington also offered planes to repatriate Egyptian refugees. More French and British flights were planned Thursday with extra aircraft due, including from Spain, and…

Frightened foreigners flee Libya ‘hell’

Foreigners told Thursday of hellish scenes in Tripoli as they fled the chaos engulfing Libya, with countries worldwide sending planes and warships in a desperate bid to evacuate their nationals. Anarchy descended on Tripoli airport as thousands of foreigners packed into the terminal to try to escape the widening crisis,…

Egyptians pack Tahrir for protest and celebration

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new military rulers, promising to guard against “counter-revolution,” faced political pressure on Friday to purge the cabinet of ministers appointed by Hosni Mubarak as thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo. On the eve of the rally that will also celebrate two weeks since Mubarak’s removal, the…

Libya revolts: Live updates

THIS IS AN AFP LIVE BLOG OF THE LIBYAN UPRISING: POSTS TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY… Watch live coverage of the events in Libya from Al Jazeera English. TRIPOLI (AFP) – 1650 GMT: Kadhafi threatens strikes against protesters like Tiananmen Square. 1649 GMT: Britain will send a charter flight to Libya…

Millions of Egyptian protesters remind military to keep promise

CAIRO (Reuters) – Millions took to the streets to celebrate the new Egypt on Friday, reminding military rulers to keep their promise of a swift transition to civilian rule after people power swept away autocrat Hosni Mubarak in just 18 days. On an emotional day that will become a landmark…

Egypt’s new military regime to effectively outlaw strikes

CAIRO – Egypt’s new military rulers will issue a warning on Monday against anyone who creates “chaos and disorder,” an army source said. The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and tell all Egyptians to get back to work after…

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