Briefs, March 11, 2013

Syrian families at a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: AFP

Kenya's press called for reconciliation between the winners and losers in the country's presidential election, as calm prevailed a day after the results were declared, in striking contrast to the aftermath of the 2007 polls.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 6:10am

'Eye Sniper' jailed for three years, but police culture remains brutal

A blinded victim

They called him the Eye Sniper of Cairo. In November 2011, 10 months after the uprising that was supposed to end state repression in Egypt, a young police lieutenant named Mohamed Sobhi el-Shenawy put his shotgun to his shoulder and started firing at protesters near Tahrir Square.

8 Mar 2013 - 4:07am

Egypt activist death reignites police reform calls

A protester throws a stone at riot policemen in Cairo on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Fierce clashes broke out in the Nile Delta on Monday between demonstrators and riot police after the funeral of an activist who died in custody, witnesses said, amid a growing backlash against police abuses.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, February 2, 2013

Anti-Mursi protesters rally in central Cairo. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese-owned company's lawsuit over an Oregon wind-farm transaction that was blocked by the US government was dismissed by a judge in Washington who said he lacks the authority to hear the case.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:01am

Harsh ruling over Egyptian soccer riot a cause for joy

Relatives of a football fan who died in last year’s riot react in a Cairo court, after the judge ordered the execution of 21 defendants over the bloody incident in Port Said. Photo: Xinhua

After a Cairo court sentenced 21 Egyptian soccer fans and club members to death over a deadly riot following a soccer match last year in Port Said, relatives of the victims ululated, hugged and shouted Allahu akbar (God is great).

27 Jan 2013 - 7:03am

Egypt opposition to appeal referendum results

Egyptian votes are counted at a polling station in Qaliobeya, Egypt. Photo: Xinhua

Egypt’s opposition said on Sunday that it would appeal the results of a referendum that ruling Islamists said approved a new constitution, claiming that voting was riddled with “fraud and violations”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tension builds in Cairo ahead of referendum

A boy leans against a newly built barrier in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

President Mohammed Mursi has ordered Egypt's army to take on police powers - including the right to arrest civilians - in the run-up to a divisive constitutional referendum that has triggered mass street protests.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Egypt protesters encircle presidential palace

A protester rallies against Mohammed Mursi in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Egyptians have taken their protests against Islamist President Mohammed Mursi to the gates of his palace, demanding his ouster in scenes not witnessed even during demonstrations that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Islamists rally in support of Mursi

Passionate supporters of President Mohamed Mursi gathered in front of Cairo University to have their say. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of Islamists rallied yesterday in support of President Mohamed Mursi's new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, highlighting Egypt's widening polarisation.

The demonstration in the heart of Cairo comes a day after crowds thronged to Tahrir Square to protest against the president's decree and the speedy adoption of the draft constitution.

2 Dec 2012 - 6:54am

Egypt’s Islamists rally for Mursi as rifts widen

Supporters of President Mohammed Mursi march in Cairo on Saturday. Photo: AP

Thousands of Islamists rallied on Saturday in support of President Mohammed Mursi’s new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, in a clear show of Egypt’s widening polarisation.

1 Dec 2012 - 8:04pm

Egypt protests continue in deadlock over Mursi powers

Demonstrators run away from tear gas during clashes with riot police on Omar Makram street, off Tarir Square, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of protesters were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a sixth day on Wednesday, demanding that Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers.

28 Nov 2012 - 7:40pm

Thousands march to Tahrir as pressure piles on Egypt’s Mursi

Protesters shout slogans against the President Mohammed Mursi decree at Tahrir Square on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi faced nationwide protests on Tuesday after digging in his heels over a controversial decree granting him sweeping powers.

27 Nov 2012 - 9:46pm

Mursi sticks by disputed decree after meeting judges

Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi meets with members of the Supreme Judicial Council in Cairo on Monday. Photo: EPA

Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi on Monday stuck by a controversial decree granting him sweeping powers, on the eve of planned nationwide rallies to protest the move, in the worst crisis since his election in June.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Egypt school bus crash kills 47

Distraught Egyptians search for signs of their loved ones in the wreckage of a train crash near Assiut in southern Egypt on Saturday. Photo: AP

A speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten in southern Egypt on Saturday, killing at least 47, officials said. Distraught families searched for signs of their loved ones along the tracks in the aftermath of the latest disaster to hit the country’s railway system.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:36pm

Obama condemns killing of US ambassador in Libya

 US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Tripoli on August 26. Photo: Xinhua

President Obama on Wednesday condemned the killing of the US ambassador to Libya, calling it an “outrageous attack,” and ordered stepped-up security at US diplomatic posts worldwide.

12 Sep 2012 - 9:40pm