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Thousands turn up for subdued Egypt protests

Thousands turn up for subdued Egypt protests

At least 54 people were injured in protests held across Egypt as thousands participated in the ‘Friday of Martyrs’ calling for more demonstrations against the military’s removal of the deposed President Mohammed Morsi. Mass protests, which were organized by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, failed to bring out a high number of people, as the movement struggles […]

Morsi supporters hold ‘March of Anger’

Morsi supporters hold ‘March of Anger’

Thousands of supporters of ex-President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets of Cairo in a “March of Anger” following Friday prayers. Military troops, who were authorized to use lethal force to stop rioting, are guarding key sites in the Egyptian capital. Chanting “down with military rule,” protesters are marching from northeast Cairo toward Rameses Square […]

Egypt crisis serves US, Israeli interests: Iranian MP

Egypt crisis serves US, Israeli interests: Iranian MP

A senior Iranian lawmaker has condemned the mass killing of Egyptian protesters by the country’s security forces, insisting that the current state of affairs in the African country only serves the US and Israeli interests. “The current situation in Egypt benefits the US and the Zionist Regime [of Israel], and this country should not allow […]

Bloody reckoning: Crisis-torn Egypt’s future on a knife edge after crackdown on Islamists

Bloody reckoning: Crisis-torn Egypt’s future on a knife edge after crackdown on Islamists

The Egyptian military’s crackdown on supporters of ex-President Mohamed Morsi has plunged the world’s most populous Arab nation into its worst violence for decades. The country is teetering between a return to Mubarak-era autocracy and civil war. Read RT’s live updates on the situation in Egypt. Egyptian security forces interrupted a six-week-long stand-off with Morsi’s […]

US embassies to remain closed over most serious Al-Qaeda threat in years

US embassies to remain closed over most serious Al-Qaeda threat in years

The US extends its embassy closures through August 10, State Department has announced. The Al-Qaeda threat that forced US and European embassies in the Middle East and North Africa to shut down is the most serious in years according to a US lawmaker. Although some of the US diplomatic posts are scheduled to reopen on […]

Egyptian prosecutors launch criminal investigation against Morsi

Egyptian prosecutors launch criminal investigation against Morsi

Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office has begun investigating complaints against ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The former head of state is accused of spying, inciting the killings of protesters, and damaging the economy. The country’s first freely elected leader has been held at an undisclosed location since a military coup removed him from power on July 3. […]

New rival demos to be held in Egypt

New rival demos to be held in Egypt

Opponents and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi have called for new demonstrations for the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has pledged to continue its peaceful resistance against the overthrow of Morsi. The group has called for separate demonstrations across the capital, Cairo. “We will continue our peaceful […]

Yemeni human rights minister begins hunger strike

Yemeni human rights minister begins hunger strike

Yemeni Human Rights Minister Hooriya Mashhour has gone on hunger strike in protest against the continued detention of dozens of activists in connection with the popular uprising that ousted dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. “I am on hunger strike and I will not stop until the imprisoned revolution youths are released,” Mashhour said on Sunday. “Their […]

Tens of thousands rally in Tunis to support ruling Islamists

Tens of thousands rally in Tunis to support ruling Islamists

Tens of thousands of supporters of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party marched in the capital in support of the government’s legitimacy. The rally follows a series of violent protests ignited by the assassination of a secular politician. The pro-government supporters took to the streets on a central Tunis boulevard which was the heart of the 2011 […]

Black Bloc: New opposition group in Egypt calls for violence, street fighting

Black Bloc: New opposition group in Egypt calls for violence, street fighting

A new Egyptian opposition group has risen to the forefront, as the country marks the second anniversary of the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak. The ‘Black Bloc’ is threatening Islamist authorities and sparking fears of a street war. ­“This mysterious group appeared around the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution when they released […]

Tunisia ruling Islamic party calls for rally amid recent unrest

Tunisia ruling Islamic party calls for rally amid recent unrest

Tunisia’s ruling Islamic party has called for rallies in the capital as the northwestern African country is struggling with a political chaos following the assassination of an opposition figure. The Ennahda party said in a statement that the demonstration is scheduled to hold in the centre of Tunis on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, where the latest […]

Young mother burnt alive ‘for sorcery’ in Papua New Guinea

Young mother burnt alive ‘for sorcery’ in Papua New Guinea

Accused of sorcery, a 20-year-old mother of two was burnt alive by a group of allegedly drunk and doped-up men while hundreds of people, including schoolchildren, idly watched and took photos on mobile phones. Police were too scared to intervene. ­Kepari Leniata was murdered in Mount Hagen, in the Western Highlands province of Papua New […]

Tunisia PM to dissolve govt. after protests over Belaid’s murder

Tunisia PM to dissolve govt. after protests over Belaid’s murder

Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali says he will dissolve the government after protests were held in the country over the assassination of leading opposition leader Shokri Belaid. In a televised address on Wednesday, Jebali said that he “decided to form a government of competent nationals without political affiliation.” He added that his new government will […]

The other side of French airstrikes on Mali: ‘They ruined everything I had’

The other side of French airstrikes on Mali: ‘They ruined everything I had’

French President Francois Hollande is triumphant about his operation in Mali, but stories are emerging which show a different side of the war. Journalist Gonzalo Wancho tells RT that for every two rebels killed in airstrikes, a dozen civilians died. “We’re learning what happened in battle day by day. In the town of Konna, we […]

Egypt Army chief warns of ‘collapse of state’ as troops deployed to ‘protect’ Suez Canal

Egypt Army chief warns of ‘collapse of state’ as troops deployed to ‘protect’ Suez Canal

Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah Sissi has warned that the failure to resolve the political crisis currently gripping Egypt could ultimately lead to the “collapse of the state.” ­Sissi made the declaration on an official army Facebook page, and said that future generations could be endangered by the enduring conflict. His comments were made […]

Britain to send forces to Mali as part of EU mission

Britain to send forces to Mali as part of EU mission

Downing Street has said that the British government may dispatch a “sizable” number of troops to Mali to aid French troops stationed in the country’s north, as part of a UK mission to train local forces and engage in “force protection.” ­British Prime Minister David Cameron told French President François Hollande on Sunday evening that […]

Two shot dead in ongoing Egypt clashes

Two shot dead in ongoing Egypt clashes

A young man has been shot and killed in clashes near a police station in Port Said. Another person was killed in Cairo as violence continued across Egypt, despite the state of emergency and the curfew currently in effect in most volatile cities. ­The man was killed as a crowd of protesters reportedly tried to […]

US considering new drone base in Africa – report

US considering new drone base in Africa – report

The US is planning to consolidate its position in Africa with a new drone outpost in Niger, with the stated purpose of providing unarmed surveillance support to French efforts in Mali and keeping tabs on al-Qaeda elements on the continent. The robotic unmanned aircraft would likely be based in Niger, on the eastern border of […]

UK mulling deploying some 200 troops to Mali: British media

UK mulling deploying some 200 troops to Mali: British media

The British government is considering deploying about 200 troops to Mali to reinforce the French war in the West African country, reports say. Prime Minister David Cameron called French President Francois Hollande on Sunday, and told him that Britain was “keen” to provide further military assistance to the French forces in Mali. A small number […]

Leader warns against West’s new campaign in Africa

Leader warns against West’s new campaign in Africa

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the West has launched a new campaign to expand its presence in the African continent. The leader made the remarks in an address to a group of Iranian officials and the foreign participants of the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran. The two-day conference […]

French-led troops set to take control of Timbuktu in northern Mali

French-led troops set to take control of Timbuktu in northern Mali

French-led forces have taken control of the access points to the Malian desert town of Timbuktu as they continue advancing further across the north of Mali, which is controlled by fighters. The French-led troops had taken control of the Timbuktu airport late on Sunday. “We control the airport at Timbuktu,” said a senior officer with […]