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Death penalties for 529 people highlight Egypt’s legal war on Islamists

An Egyptian court’s sentencing of 529 people to death for rioting has fixed the spotlight on a massive legal war on the Islamist opposition, with thousands in prison and hundreds more convicted in mass trials. Many of an estimated 15,000 suspects in prison are languishing without charges in overcrowded and…

Islamists restore order amid Tunisia violence

ETTADHAMEN, Tunisia — Charred cars, vandalised shops, roadblocks made of garbage and manure have made this town nearly unrecognisable were it not for Islamists who have taken action to re-establish calm and order. Ettadhamen, a deprived district outside Tunis, is one of several areas across the country that has been…

Islamists reject offer to join new Jordan govt

AMMAN (AFP) – Jordan’s Islamist opposition said on Sunday it has rejected an offer to join a new government headed by Prime Minister Marruf Bakhit and tasked with enhancing reforms. “We have received an offer to join to the government of Marruf Bakhit, but we refused,” Hamzah Mansur, leader of…

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