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Egypt wraps up first round of post-Mubarak poll

Egypt on Tuesday wrapped up the opening round of the firstparliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s fall, with Islamistswinning a landslide victory at the expense of weakened and divided liberals. Turnout was low for the final day of run-off elections between individual candidates standing for the new parliament, which is to be chosen in a further…

Egypt’s Christians worried by Islamist surge

CAIRO — Egyptian Copts, the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, headed to mass on Sunday fearful of what an Islamist landslide in the country’s election will mean for their community. In churches across the capital, the community gathered for its first Sunday service since the opening stage of the country’s…

Islamists sweep early results in Egypt election

Early results from Egypt’s first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties being trounced in many areas. Partial figures trickled in for the areas of the country that voted in record numbers on Monday and Tuesday, confirming earlier predictions that Islamist parties would…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood tells rivals to accept vote result

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on its rivals to accept the will of the people on Saturday after a first-round vote set its party on course to take the most seats in the country’s first freely elected parliament in six decades. Preliminary results showed the Brotherhood’s liberal rivals…

Libya delays unveiling new cabinet as battles rage

The birth of a new government in Libya, due on Sunday, was put off indefinitely amid disputes over portfolios and as Moamer Kadhafi diehards put up stiff resistance in their remaining strongholds. National Transitional Council (NTC) number two Mahmud Jibril said last-minute haggling delayed the announcement of the new cabinet…

Egypt activists call new protests over slow pace of reform

CAIRO — Activists who were at the forefront of the uprising that toppled veteran Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in February are calling for new protests on Friday to press the country’s military rulers to keep their promises of reform. The Coalition of Revolutionary Youth urged Egyptians to take to the…

Mubarak trial may scare Arab rulers, placate Egyptians

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s fallen leader, Hosni Mubarak, goes on trial Wednesday over his role in killing protesters, in a stark message to Arab rulers elsewhere that they too may one day be held to account. In domestic politics, putting the former president in the dock may help quell criticism…

Syrians mark bleak Ramadan after 80 killed in Hama

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrians began the Muslim Ramadan fast in somber mood on Monday after troops stormed into Hama, scene of a 1982 massacre, in one of the bloodiest days in a five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Rights activists said 80 civilians were killed in Sunday’s tank-backed assault on…

Egypt women demand equal rights in new constitution

CAIRO — Fifteen Egyptian groups called on Tuesday for women’s rights to be guaranteed in the new constitution, after a popular uprising that toppled the regime paved the way for a new charter. “We are not proposing a new constitution, but we want women’s rights to be included,” Amina ElBendary,…

Egypt approves reforms in historic referendum

CAIRO (Reuters) – A big majority of Egyptians approved amendments to the constitution in a referendum, results showed, opening the door to early elections seen as favoring Islamists and figures affiliated with the old ruling party. Decades of oppression under Hosni Mubarak crushed Egypt’s political life and secular activists who mobilized to…

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