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Protesters declare sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square launched a sit-in on Friday following a rally to reclaim the revolution amid anger over the military rulers’ handling of the transition. Thousands had flocked to the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February to demand an end to military trials of…

Egypt army warns against threats to democracy

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers warned Thursday against any threat to democracy and national security on the eve of planned protests calling for reform, in a statement on their Facebook page. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February,…

Rights group says Egypt abusing military trials

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has arrested and tried more civilians before military tribunals than those brought before them during the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. “Nearly 12,000 prosecutions since February is astounding and shows how Egypt’s military rulers are undermining the…

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…

Bloody clashes in Egypt despite democracy pledge

CAIRO — Bloody clashes erupted in Cairo on Saturday between protesters demanding political change and loyalists of the ruling military council, hours after the military ruler pledged democracy. Riot police fired tear gas at protesters who were being pelted with rocks and bottles by loyalists in the Abasseya district near…

Female protesters in Egypt tortured, subjected to ‘virginity test’: Amnesty

The international human rights group Amnesty International claimed Wednesday that a number of female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were rounded up by the Egyptian military and tortured recently. Some women even said they were subjected to a “virginity test” while soldiers looked on and took pictures. Amnesty said at…

Angry protests continue throughout the Middle East

CAIRO — The Middle East boiled with anger as protesters trying to topple more of the region’s rulers staged fresh mass demonstrations after Friday prayers and buried the victims of crackdowns by embattled regimes. A week on from the overthrow of Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak, hundreds of thousands flooded Cairo’s…

White House warns on Bahrain protests

WASHINGTON — The White House warned on Wednesday that Bahrain should respect the rights of its citizens to peaceful protest, but declined to discuss whether unrest could impact the US Fifth Fleet base there. President Barack Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney said that the White House was closely watching developments in…

CBS reporter was sexually assaulted in Egypt

NEW YORK – Top CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered a “brutal” sexual assault at the hands of a mob in Egypt while covering the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak, the network said Tuesday. “She and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration.…

Egyptian army backs Mubarak rule as protesters launch ‘Day of Martyrs’

CAIRO – Egypt’s army threw President Hosni Mubarak a lifeline on Friday, endorsing his plan to stay in office until September even as hundreds of thousands of angry protesters took back to the streets. Demonstrators sobbed as they conducted the weekly Muslim prayers in massed ranks in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.…

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