Arab Revolution

  • Mohamed Morsi faces trial in Egypt in test of democracy 04-11-2013 10:07 AM

    Cairo: The first freely elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, goes on trial on Monday, the second time in just over two years that a deposed president has found himself in court in Egypt, a pivotal Arab nation some fear is sliding back into autocratic rule. The trial raises the fear...
  • US expresses concern over coup in Egypt 04-07-2013 08:05 PM

    "We do, of course, remain very concerned about what we are seeing on the ground. And we do realise, of course that this is an extremely tense and fast moving situation in Egypt," US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. ...
  • India urges political forces in Egypt to exercise restraint 04-07-2013 07:50 PM

    "We are closely monitoring the evolving situation in Egypt. As the world's largest democracy, India was amongst the first countries to welcome the January 25 revolution and the promise of genuine democracy in a large and important country like Egypt with which we have traditionally enjoyed close and friendly ties,"...
  • World leaders ask Egypt military to quickly restore democracy 04-07-2013 05:06 PM

    Cairo/Washington: World leaders on Thursday reacted cautiously to the political upheaval in Egypt that saw the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, asking the Egyptian military to rapidly restore democracy. "We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution,"...
  • Egypt: Morsi calls it a 'full coup' as army ousts him 04-07-2013 07:58 AM

    Cairo: Egypt's first democratically elected president was overthrown by the military Wednesday, ousted after just one year in office by the same kind of Arab Spring uprising that brought the Islamist leader to power. The armed forces announced they would install a temporary civilian government to replace Islamist President Mohammed...
  • Syria 'likely' to have used chemical weapons, says UK 10-05-2013 04:06 AM

    London: Britain said on Thursday it was "very likely" the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, and Turkey announced it was stepping up testing of people fleeing the Syrian civil war for traces. US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed gratitude to Russia for its willingness to try to arrange...
  • Egypt's Islamists poised to dominate Parliament 02-12-2011 08:47 AM

    Cairo: Islamists appear to have taken a strong majority of seats in the first round of Egypt's first parliamentary vote since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a trend that if confirmed would give religious parties a popular mandate in the struggle to win control from the ruling military and ultimately reshape a...
  • Voters queue in Egypt's first post-Mubarak polls 28-11-2011 05:58 PM

    Cairo: Shaking off years of political apathy, Egyptians turned out in long lines at voting stations on Monday in their nation's first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a giant step toward what they hope will be a democracy after decades of dictatorship. The landmark election has already been overshadowed...
  • Egypt heads for historic vote in turmoil 28-11-2011 08:05 AM

    Cairo: Egyptians prepared to vote on Monday in the first elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a milestone many hoped would usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. Instead, the polling is already marred by turmoil in the streets and the population is sharply polarised and confused over the...
  • Ban welcomes transition of power in Yemen 24-11-2011 08:55 AM

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the transition of power in Yemen, saying all sides should now honour their commitments to immediately bring to an end all violence and refrain from further provocations. The political settlement agreement, signed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was an "important step for...
  • Egypt: 20 people killed in Cairo clashes 21-11-2011 02:54 PM

    Cairo: Egypt's Health Ministry says 20 people have been killed since Sunday in clashes between police and protesters demanding the country's military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. The ministry on Monday also said that some 1,750 people have been wounded in the clashes since they began on...
  • Egypt: Police burn tents to clear Tahrir square 21-11-2011 08:57 AM

    Cairo: Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo's Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault on Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. At least 11 protesters were killed and...
  • Assad warns against Western military action 30-10-2011 03:37 PM

    London: Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad has warned that Western military action against his country could cause an 'earthquake' that could create 'another Afghanistan' and burn the whole of the Middle East. His warning came hours after UN chief Ban Ki-moon asked Syria to 'immediately' end attacks on civilians, saying...
  • Syria: Assad warns of 'quake' if West intervenes 30-10-2011 07:50 AM

    Beirut: Western powers risk causing an earthquake across the Middle East if they intervene in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said, after protesters called for foreign protection from a crackdown in which 3,000 people have been killed. Assad's warning came ahead of Syrian government talks on Sunday with the Arab League...
  • Gaddafi and son buried in a secret place: reports 25-10-2011 02:55 PM

    Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mo'tassim were buried at dawn on Tuesday in an unknown location, ending a wrangle over the rotting bodies. "Gaddafi and the son, Mo'tassim, were buried at dawn in a secret place with proper respects paid. We will release more details officially later," a senior...
  • Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote 25-10-2011 08:21 AM

    Tunis: Moderate Islamists claimed victory on Monday in Tunisia's first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that long-sidelined Islamists are challenging for power after the "Arab Spring." Official results have not been announced, but the Ennahda party said its workers had tallied the results posted...
  • UN Council calls on Yemen Prez to transfer power 22-10-2011 08:28 AM

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that calls on Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down and transfer power to his deputy as it condemned human rights violations and demanded an immediate end to attacks on civilians by security forces. The resolution, which...
  • Syria: clashes kill 31, EU hails opposition body 11-10-2011 03:39 AM

    Beirut: At least 31 people were killed across Syria in the latest wave of violence, notably clashes between gunmen believed to be army deserters and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, a Syrian activist group said on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday's death toll included 17...
  • Libyan forces capture part of Gaddafi stronghold 20-09-2011 05:27 PM

    Bani Walid: Libya's interim government said its forces seized the airport and fort in Sabha, one of the last strongholds of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi which also controls the main route south out of Libya. "Our forces are there in the airport and in the castle ... Our flags...
  • Libyan fighters move towards Gaddafi's area 16-09-2011 05:14 PM

    Bani Walid: Libyan revolutionary forces faced fierce resistance as they streamed into one of the remaining bastions of support for Muammar Gaddafi on Friday, while the Turkish Prime Minister met with the country's new rulers in the capital Tripoli. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit came a day after the...
  • Gaddafi vows fight as world backs new leaders 02-09-2011 07:07 AM

    Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters from hiding to fight on as Libya's new interim rulers met world leaders on Thursday to discuss reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war. "Let it be a long battle. We will fight from place...
  • Hunt for Gaddafi: Saddam all over again? 30-08-2011 06:01 PM

    Washington: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is on the run, his capital all but fallen to rebels, his hometown under siege. Now comes another difficult task for the rebels and the civilian government they are trying to install: capturing Gaddafi before the fugitive dictator is able to mount a revenge assault...
  • Rebels enter Tripoli, Gaddafi holds on to power 22-08-2011 01:11 PM

    Tripoli: Libyan government tanks shelled parts of central Tripoli on Monday after rebels swept into the heart of the city and crowds took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the end of Muammar Gaddafi's four decades in power. Tanks emerged from Gaddafi's stronghold in the center of...
  • Tank, navy attack on Syria kills 26: witnesses 15-08-2011 09:30 AM

    Amman: Syrian tanks and navy ships shelled the main Mediterranean port city of Latakia on Sunday, residents and rights groups said, killing 26 people as President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched an offensive by land and sea to crush protests against his rule. Since the beginning of the fasting month of...
  • West behind uprising: Syrian minister 01-08-2011 09:08 PM

    West is pushing for a resolution condemning President Bashar Al Assad for a brutal crackdown on protesters. ...
  • Social media: A double-edged sword in Syria 14-07-2011 01:15 PM

    Damascus: Social media played a pivotal role in the ousting of Arab leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, but activists in an uprising in Syria fear Syria the government is keeping tabs on them by scanning websites such as Facebook and Twitter. "I am too scared to speak about my political...
  • Syrian forces sweep into city of Hama 05-07-2011 08:28 AM

    Beirut: Syrian security forces opened fire on Monday in a restive central city, injuring an Olympic boxing champion and at least 20 others as President Bashar Assad's regime swept through several cities and towns to crush a pro-democracy uprising, activists said. Nasser al-Shami, who won a bronze medal in the...
  • Syrian forces kill 24, protesters tell Assad to go 02-07-2011 08:37 AM

    Amman: Syrian forces killed 24 civilians on Friday, a prominent rights lawyer said, as tens of thousands of people called on President Bashar al-Assad to step down in some of the biggest demonstrations since a three month uprising. Defying Assad's military crackdown, demonstrators took to the streets again after Friday...