ARAB REVOLUTION

  • Mohamed Morsi faces trial in Egypt in test of democracy November 4, 2013

    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 of...
  • US expresses concern over coup in Egypt July 4, 2013

    "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 July 4, 2013

    "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 July 4, 2013

    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 July 4, 2013

    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 Morsi,...
  • Syria 'likely' to have used chemical weapons, says UK May 10, 2013

    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 a...
  • Syrian army intensifies offensive against rebels January 17, 2013

    Damascus: Syrian troops stepped up an offensive against rebels in the north on Wednesday, following explosions targeting security forces and a university campus that killed more than 100 people in two days. Powerful suicide car bombs that killed about two dozen people in Idlib marked another escalation in the fight for...
  • Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases September 22, 2012

    Libya: An Islamist militia was driven out of the city of Benghazi early on Saturday in a surge of protest against the armed groups that control large parts of Libya more than a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. A spokesman for Ansar alSharia said the group had evacuated its...
  • AntiUS protests: Has the Arab revolution unleashed Islamic radicals? September 15, 2012

    A video clip said to be 'antiIslamic' has been facing protests against the US in the Arab world. US ambassador to Libya died in an attack. The protests have raised many big questions. ...
  • Syria says will use chemical weapons if attacked July 23, 2012

    Beirut: The Syrian regime threatened on Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction. Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi vowed, however, that Damascus would not use its unconventional arms against its own citizens....
  • Red Cross declares Syrian conflict a civil war July 16, 2012

    Damascus: Syria's 16month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold on Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions. The Red Cross statement came as UN observers gathered new details on what happened in a village where dozens...
  • Assad is a killer, must face world court: Sarkozy March 14, 2012

    Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday said that Syria's leader is acting like a murderer and should be sent to the International Criminal Court. With diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria faltering, the French leader urged humanitarian corridors to allow refugees out and aid in to the...
  • The coming war in SyriaIran: possible scenarios February 29, 2012

    New Delhi: After Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, the West's war eyes are now firmly fixed on Iran and Syria. International reportage on the Syrian crisis has drastically changed its character over the last fortnight or so. The entire discourse on the urgency to "stop the brewing humanitarian crisis' has...
  • Syria: World leaders slam referendum results February 28, 2012

    Damascus: Military forces in Syria have launched a fresh offensive on several towns in the northwestern province of Idlib. This came even as the world leaders attacked Syria's referendum as the Constitution that could keep President Bashar alAssad in power until 2018, was voted in. The European Union imposed new...
  • Syria referendum results to be announced today February 27, 2012

    Damascus: The counting of votes for the Syrian referendum on a new Constitution amidst the escalating violence has begun and the results are expected on Monday. At more than 14,000 polling stations all over Syria, 14 million eligible voters were out to approve or disapprove President Bashar Assad's draft Constitution...
  • India joins US, Arab League block on Syria February 24, 2012

    Damascus: India has agreed to join the Arab league block against President Bashar alAssad's regime in Syria. India has sent its representative to the 'Friends of Syria' meet in Tunis, that has been convened by the US and the Arab League to determine options for Assad's successor. The meet has been...
  • 'Over 9,000 dead in Syria in 11 months' February 24, 2012

    Damascus: The bombings in the rebel bastion Homs by the Syrian government forces have entered the 21st day. Opposition groups in Syria claim over 100 people were killed on Thursday, taking to toll to over 9,000 in the last 11 months. The violence continues even after a UN report accused...
  • Yemen votes, seals Saleh's exit February 21, 2012

    Aden: Yemen sealed President Ali Abdullah Saleh's exit from power on Tuesday by electing his deputy to shepherd the country away from the brink of civil war. Vice President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi, the sole, consensus candidate, billed the vote as a way to move on after months of protests against...
  • India votes in favour of UN resolution on Syria February 17, 2012

    United Nations: The UN General Assembly has voted in favour of a resolution urging Syrian President Bashar alAssad to step down. The Arab nationsbacked resolution condemns human rights violations in Syria and calls for an end to the violence. As expected China and Russia again voted against the measure. But...
  • Mubarak to be moved to prison for the 1st time February 5, 2012

    Cairo: Egyptian officials say Hosni Mubarak will shortly be moved to a prison hospital as soon as the facility is upgraded to house the 83yearold former president. The officials said on Sunday the hospital in Tora prison in Cairo will be upgraded in 'record time', but that there is no set...
  • Egypt's Islamists poised to dominate Parliament December 2, 2011

    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 postMubarak polls November 28, 2011

    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 by...
  • Egypt heads for historic vote in turmoil November 28, 2011

    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 November 24, 2011

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Kimoon 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 the...
  • Egypt: 20 people killed in Cairo clashes November 21, 2011

    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 Saturday....
  • Egypt: Police burn tents to clear Tahrir square November 21, 2011

    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 October 30, 2011

    London: Syria's embattled President Bashar alAssad 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 Kimoon asked Syria to 'immediately' end attacks on civilians, saying the...
  • Syria: Assad warns of 'quake' if West intervenes October 30, 2011

    Beirut: Western powers risk causing an earthquake across the Middle East if they intervene in Syria, President Bashar alAssad 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 October 25, 2011

    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 interim...
  • Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote October 25, 2011

    Tunis: Moderate Islamists claimed victory on Monday in Tunisia's first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that longsidelined 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 at...