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Clinton tours Cairo’s Tahrir unabashed by criticism

CAIRO (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took what she called a “thrilling” tour of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, centre of the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak, on Wednesday, ignoring criticism of Washington’s long support for his regime. The most senior US official to visit Egypt since the veteran strongman’s…

China president calls for more Internet oversight

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Saturday for stricter government management of the Internet while calls for gatherings inspired by uprisings in the Middle East spread on Chinese websites abroad. The messages have scant chance of inspiring protests in China whose one-party government has plenty of censorship…

First new political party in 15 years formed in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – A court on Saturday approved a new political party that had sought a license for 15 years, making it the first to be recognized since Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow and illustrating the political earthquake shaking the new Egypt. In a move to placate reformists and strikers and distance…

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…

US reporter beaten covering Bahrain unrest

WASHINGTON – A US reporter for ABC News was beaten by thugs armed with clubs early Thursday while covering the unrest in Bahrain, the US network reported. Correspondent Miguel Marquez was caught in the crowd and attacked while covering protests in Manama, ABC said. Marquez, who said he was not…

Wisconsin labor protests ‘like Cairo,’ GOP’s Paul Ryan exclaims

WASHINGTON – In Exhibit A, millions of people protesting a 30-year autocrat’s tyrannical regime. In Exhibit B, several thousand demonstrators railing against a bill curtailing public employee union rights. Both significant, but not really comparable. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a rising star in the Republican Party, on Thursday equated the…

US spy chiefs grilled over Muslim Brotherhood

WASHINGTON – Top US intelligence officials faced tough questions from lawmakers Wednesday over Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, acknowledging the spy agencies lack certainty on the opposition group’s views. The intelligence chiefs struggled to answer questions about the agenda of the Islamist movement, amid accusations the spy services were caught off-guard by…

Egypt junta names panel to reform constitution

CAIRO – Egypt’s military regime warned on Tuesday that a wave of strikes sweeping the country was “disastrous,” as it gave a panel of civilian experts 10 days to revise the constitution. Against a backdrop of persistent nationwide walk-walkouts and street protests, the junta promised to rapidly restore constitutional rule…

Google ‘very, very proud’ of cyber revolutionary

BARCELONA, Spain – Google is “very, very proud” of cyberactivist Wael Ghonim, a young executive at the company who emerged as a leading voice of the Egyptian uprising, company boss Eric Schmidt said Tuesday. Ghonim, Google?s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, administered a Facebook page…

Obama warns Arab world: Get ahead of reform curve

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Tuesday warned autocratic US allies they cannot crush the Middle East’s youthful “hunger” for change and offered “moral support” to Iranian protesters defying a crackdown. Obama walked a fine line between offering American support for political uprisings after the Egypt revolt and openly offending states…

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