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African officials seek U.S. drones to fight elephant poachersTanzania’s storied wildlife reserves could soon get a watchful, winged inhabitant: U.S. drones.
South Sudan on the brink, again While the international community’s attention has been focused on crises across the Middle East and North Africa, South Sudan has quietly slipped down its list of priorities. That was until this month.
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, after 33 years of brutal misrule, seeks another termZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has unleashed brutal attacks on political rivals, executed rampant violations of human rights and crippled the economy during the 33 years of his autocratic regime.
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Tanzanian ambassador urges American companies to compete for USA contractsWith the U.S. government poised to invest billions of dollars more in aid to Africa, American companies are in danger of failing to cash in on the new largesse because of fears about the continent’s stability, the ambassador from one of Washington’s major African allies told editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Monday.
Obama talks rights, trade with Vietnamese leaderPresident Obama said he had a “very candid conversation” on human rights Thursday with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House, and the leader of the Southeast Asian nation said the two “still have differences on the issue.”
Activist presses Ukraine for release of TymoshenkoA Ukrainian civic activist says Ukraine’s president must release a jailed former prime minister and adopt judicial and electoral reforms to meet benchmarks for closer relations with the European Union.
Vietnamese president’s White House visit alarms human rights advocatesPresident Obama is under pressure from members of Congress, human rights groups and union leaders to demand an end to the suppression of human rights in Vietnam when he meets with the leader of the Southeast Asian nation at the White House on Thursday.
Son of ex-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi accuses military of kidnapping fatherThe son of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Monday accused the military of kidnapping his father and vowed to take legal action against the army chief.
European Union designates Hezbollah’s armed wing as terrorist groupThe European Union on Monday designated the armed wing of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, drawing praise from the Obama administration, Israel and members of Congress.
Egypt: ‘In Sinai, I saw hell’; refugees are easy prey for brutal human traffickersEgypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula is a living hell for thousands of refugees from sub-Saharan Africa who are being kidnapped and tortured by a network of rapacious human traffickers.
Egyptian leader, military warn against violence ahead of planned protestsEgypt’s interim President Adly Mansour said Thursday that elements in the country want to plunge it into turmoil, and the military issued a stern warning against violence a day before large protests are planned by supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
7 dead, 200 injured in clashes in CairoAt least seven people were killed and more than 200 injured in clashes in Cairo between Egyptian police and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi early Tuesday.
Egypt swears in new Cabinet that excludes IslamistsEgypt’s interim president on Tuesday swore-in a new Cabinet stocked with liberals, women, secularists and Christians — but no Islamists — and appears to give greater powers to the military chief who toppled the country’s first democratically elected president two weeks ago.
Egypt swears in new Cabinet that excludes IslamistsEgypt’s interim president on Tuesday swore-in a new Cabinet stocked with liberals, women, secularists and Christians — but no Islamists — and appears to give greater powers to the military chief who toppled the country’s first democratically elected president two weeks ago.
A coup by any other name Most dictionaries define a coup as an illegal and sudden seizure of power from a government. That definition would aptly describe the events that transpired in the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 3.
With new officials and Islamist crackdown, Egyptians press onEgypt’s interim administration on Sunday pressed ahead with a military-backed “road map” to return the country to democratic rule, even as the top prosecutor continued his crackdown on senior figures in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt’s military seeks to arrest Muslim Brotherhood leaders in widening crackdownEgyptian prosecutors on Wednesday ordered the arrest of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders in a widening crackdown on Islamists following the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president last week.
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Egyptians direct anger at U.S. ambassador accused of aiding MorsiThe U.S. ambassador to Egypt has become a lightning rod for criticism among Egyptians who accuse her of embracing the deposed Muslim Brotherhood-led government, even as a popular uprising was building against it in the streets of Cairo.
Egypt’s interim president names leadership, Salafists approveEgypt’s interim president on Tuesday appointed a liberal economist and former finance minister as prime minister and former U.N. atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president for foreign affairs.
Egyptian Islamists, citing ‘bloodbath,’ call for revolt against militaryEgypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a call Monday for a revolt against the military after a bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo left dozens dead and hundreds wounded, fueling fears of a civil war.
Egypt’s Morsi stands firm as military’s deadline passesEgyptian President Mohamed Morsi refused to resign Wednesday and a top adviser described developments in the North African nation as a “military coup,” as a military deadline to defuse the political crisis expired.
Egyptian military ousts Morsi as leader decries ‘full coup’Egypt's military ousted the country’s democratically elected president Wednesday and appointed a caretaker administrator, a move denounced by the deposed leader’s supporters as a coup but celebrated by millions of opponents with rallies and fireworks.
Afghan women’s rights not negotiable To say the Obama administration’s plans to start peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan got off to a rocky start would be an understatement.
Morsi vows not to resign as military’s deadline arrivesEgyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his army generals appeared headed for a showdown Wednesday as they vowed to spill their blood for the country hours before the clock ran out on a military ultimatum Wednesday. The Islamist leader and the opposition were told to defuse a political crisis that has entered its fourth day.
India rejects NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s plea for asylumIndia on Tuesday rejected an asylum request from Edward Snowden, the former defense contractor who is wanted in the U.S. on charges of leaking National Security Agency secrets.
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Egyptian military gives President Morsi an ultimatum, prepares to step in to quell crisisEgypt's military on Monday threatened to intervene in the political crisis gripping the nation and gave PresidentMohammed Morsi and the opposition 48 hours to come up with a plan to meet the demands of millions of protesters who want the Islamist leader to resign by Tuesday evening.