Middle East

2:00am

Mon February 6, 2012
Middle East

Egypt To Try 19 Americans In NGO Dispute

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 5:04 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The military-led government in Egypt, in a defiant gesture, says it will put on trial 19 Americans and some two dozen others, over work they've been doing to help Egypt in its transition to democracy. Those facing charges include the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, along with others working for nonprofits promoting civil society and good governance.

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2:26pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Middle East

Near Syria's Capital, The Evidence Of Heavy Fighting

A Syrian army tank moving along a road during clashes with the Syrian army defectors, in the Rastan area in Homs province, central Syria, on Jan. 30, 2012.
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This story was written and reported by a GlobalPost correspondent in Damascus, whose name has been withheld for security reasons.

When a team of foreign journalists entered the eastern Damascus suburb of Saqba last Friday, they were greeted by a sight that did not bode well for the Syrian regime.

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12:45pm

Wed February 1, 2012
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Dozens Killed In Riot After Egyptian Soccer Match

Flares were thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said.
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(The death toll and injured figures were updated at 3:20 p.m. ET.)

There are reports of more than 70 people being killed today and around 1,000 injured during a melee following a soccer match in Port Said, Egypt.

The Associated Press writes that Egypt's health ministry says "at least 73 people" died. Reuters reports that many more were injured, according to officials. Al-Jazeera writes that:

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3:22pm

Tue January 31, 2012
Middle East

In Israel, A Non-Stop Debate On Possible Iran Strike

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 3:20 pm

Israeli soldiers take part in an exercise at the Shizafon army base, in the Negev Desert north of the southern city of Eilat, on Tuesday. There are growing signs that Israel may be planning a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
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In Israel, there is daily speculation over whether Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities in the near future. The debate is not only over whether Israel should strike Iran, but what the costs and benefits might be from such a strike.

Israel believes that Iran is working to build a nuclear bomb, and dismisses Iran's assertion that its nuclear program is solely for civilian purposes.

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10:01pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Middle East

Longtime Allies, Egypt And U.S. Now Have Differences

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 5:50 am

The U.S. is insisting that Egypt establish a full-fledged democracy and move away from military rule. Here, an Egyptian woman covers her head in a national flag as she demonstrates in a pro-democracy rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Jan. 27.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

For many years, top Egyptian officials coming to Washington could expect a warm welcome, with few points of contention.

But for a group of Egyptian generals now in the U.S., several points of friction are likely to dominate the agenda between the longtime allies.

Egypt doesn't like the new conditions U.S. lawmakers have placed on American aid. And the U.S. is furious with the way Egypt has been treating U.S. groups that promote democracy. At least three Americans have taken shelter in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

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