Libyan voters: Prepare for new political freedom

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TRIPOLI, Libya – Professor Omar Emshery, 60, a dean at Tripoli University, will vote for the first time in a free election Saturday. So will his father, Ahmed, 92, and his wife, Nouriya.

"Before the revolution, if you talked about politics, students would run away," he said.

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Israeli inventors: Building medical exoskeletons

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When U.S. President Barack Obama visited Israel in March, he stopped at the Israel Museum.

But in addition to a tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mr. Obama met with seven groups of inventors whose products exemplify the best of Israeli innovation.

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Egyptian president: Aims unknown

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CAIRO - Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's new president, received his doctorate in engineering at the University of Southern California. Two of his five children are U.S. citizens.

But his years spent studying in America have not dissuaded him from the most doctrinaire beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has called for religious law, segregation of the sexes and scorns the influence of the West and Israel, experts say.

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Syrian regime: Assad declares 'state of war'

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IDLIB, Syria - Syria’s conflict heated up Tuesday with rebels battling the regime’s elite Republican Guard forces in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, as Turkey’s prime minister threatened to defend his country’s territory from Syrian military encroachments in response to the nation’s downing of a Turkish war plane Friday.

The increasingly fierce fighting prompted Syrian President Bashar Assad to declare that the country is “in a state of war,” while the White House remarked that Mr. Assad has been slowly “losing his grip over the country” during the 16-month-old Arab Spring uprising against the regime.

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Syrian war: Declared as regime loses a grip

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IDLIB, Syria — Syria’s conflict heated up Tuesday with rebels battling the regime’s elite Republican Guard forces in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, as Turkey’s prime minister threatened to defend his country’s territory from Syrian military encroachments in response to the nation’s downing of a Turkish war plane Friday.

The increasingly fierce fighting prompted Syrian President Bashar Assad to declare that the country is “in a state of war,” while the White House remarked that Mr. Assad has been slowly “losing his grip over the country” during the 16-month-old Arab Spring uprising against the regime.

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Egypt elections: President moves into office

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CAIRO – Emerging from decades of persecution, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood saw one of its own seated Monday as president in the very office once used by the group's adversary, former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

President Mohammed Morsi moved into the office while Mubarak remained in a hospital, having fallen ill since being convicted of failing to prevent deaths of protesters during last year's revolution that ousted him from power.

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Mubarak successor: Egypt votes for a second day

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CAIRO – Egyptians voted for a second day Sunday in an election that will choose the next president but will probably not resolve deep-seated political uncertainties.

The Muslim Brotherhood declared early today that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won the election, based on results announced by election officials at individual counting centers. Final official results are not expected until Thursday.

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Egypt analysts: Warn of new political crisis brewing

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CAIRO – Egypt's ruling military council reaffirmed on Monday that it will transfer power to civilian authority by the end of the month, but Egypt analysts warn that the nation could be teetering toward another political crisis as a standoff brews between the interim military rulers and Islamists.

As Egyptians celebrated the apparent victory of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square, the nation's military power issued an addition to its constitutional declaration that limits the president's powers in overseeing the military and puts legislative affairs in the generals' hands.

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Egypt vote: Mubarak successor to be chosen

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CAIRO - Egyptians voted for a second day Sunday in an election that will choose the next president but will probably not resolve deep-seated political uncertainties.

The Muslim Brotherhood declared early today that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won the election, based on results announced by election officials at individual counting centers. Final official results are not expected until Thursday.

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Egypt election: Islamists declare victory for candidate

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CAIRO — Egyptians voted for a second day Sunday in an election that will choose the next president but will probably not resolve deep-seated political uncertainties.

The Muslim Brotherhood declared early today that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won the election, based on results announced by election officials at individual counting centers. Final official results are not expected until Thursday.

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Egypt vote: Turnout low for major presidential election

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CAIRO — A surprising number of Egyptians shrugged off a major presidential election Sunday that will determine if their post-revolutionary nation is run by a former general associated with the old regime or a firebrand Islamist who wants to impose Shariah law.

Election officials said turnout was much lighter in the runoff election between Ahmed Shafiq, a retired air force general and last prime minister under ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, and Mohammed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Egypt elections: Fear of government instability as elections loom

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SINAI, Egypt - Moussa Salama Moussa navigated Mount Sinai's treacherous cliffs by the glow of the moon and stars almost every night for 25 years — until Egypt's revolution. Now, it's been weeks since he's made the trek alongside other Bedouin guides and tourists to watch the sun come up from a vantage point on top of the mountain.

"We need people to come because we live on tourism," Moussa said, lamenting the decline of the tourism industry plaguing the nation since last year's 18-day revolt that forced former president Hosni Mubarak from power.

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Arab women: Cry for end to harassment

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CAIRO – After years of enduring vulgar and degrading comments or worse by men on the streets of Egypt's capital, Cairo University student Cherine Thabet decided she had had enough.

"Do you know that it would be strange for a woman to leave her house and return without hearing two or three strangers' opinions about her chest, in all kinds of colorful language?" she asked in a blog post. "Can you imagine that it is routine for a big man to stand quietly by as a woman gets groped?"

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Syrian people: Regime and rebels both deny civil war

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BERLIN — Syrian troops stormed a rebel-held area on the Mediterranean coast Wednesday, driving out opposition fighters and retaking the Haffa region as world leaders debated the mounting violence there and mulled how to quell it.

France’s foreign minister said Syria has descended into “civil war,” a day after the United Nations' peacekeeping chief employed the same term to describe the ongoing strife there. But both Syria’s regime and the rebels rejected the notion that a civil war is occurring.

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U.S., Syrians: Concerned about Russian helicopters

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SYRIA - Syrian activists say the arrival of Russian attack helicopters to aid government forces on the battlefield could turn back successes rebels have won recently against the military of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The new attack helicopters are more maneuverable, more heavily armed and harder to shoot down than aircraft used in the past. They "cause a lot more harm," said Louay Sakka of the Syrian Support Group. Assad's military has had "a hard time fighting the Free Syrian Army, and they've started using helicopters," he said.

 

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Syrian opposition: U.S. has wrong idea, backers say

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ISTANBUL - Fractured, splintered, disorganized. This is how U.S. officials and the international community have branded Syria's opposition, and many say that is why the West opposes military intervention.

At a conference on Syria here recently, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "The opposition has work to do."

Activists and analysts say the U.S. administration is not giving an accurate picture of the opponents to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

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Syrian opposition: U.S. wrong idea

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ISTANBUL – Fractured, splintered, disorganized. This is how U.S. officials and the international community have branded Syria's opposition, and many say that is why the West opposes military intervention.

At a conference on Syria here recently, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "The opposition has work to do.".

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Moroccan artists: Earn applause but not royalties

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CASABLANCA - The Moroccan rock band Hoba Hoba Spirit has legions of adoring fans.When they are on stage, the audience sings along with every word. They play across Morocco and abroad. Words from their lyrics, such as “fhamator,” or know-it-all, have entered urban slang.

Still, after 10 years and 5 albums they don’t earn enough from their recorded art to live on.

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Human rights: Egypt's battle continues

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CAIRO - Throngs of protesters converged on Tahrir Square in the relative cool of a recent evening, waving flags, wearing face paint and trying to unite around a slew of demands.

The gathering was reminiscent of the massive demonstrations last year during 18 days of revolt in which Egyptians of all persuasions were united in calling for a government that respects human rights and delivers impartial justice.

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Egypt's dictator: Mubarak receives life in prison

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CAIRO - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced Saturday to life in prison for corruption and murder nearly 16 months after his ouster - an outcome that marked a first for deposed Arab dictators but still left many unsatisfied.

State television showed Mubarak wearing sunglasses and lying on a hospital bed as he was wheeled into a criminal courtroom inside Egypt's Police Academy. He has been held at a hospital in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh since last year.

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Israeli vacationers: Threatened in Middle East

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EILAT, Israel – Vacationers in this glittering holiday city by the Israel-Egypt border, stroll along a seaside promenade trying to forget their nation's troubles.

"We try not to think about politics too much," said Nikhama Prat, pushing her 3-year-old son in a carriage along the wood-planked walkway. "There is always something happening with Israel. We're threatened all the time."

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Egypt's Mubarak: Life in prison

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CAIRO — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced Saturday to life in prison for corruption and murder nearly 16 months after his ouster - an outcome that marked a first for deposed Arab dictators but still left many unsatisfied.

State television showed Mubarak wearing sunglasses and lying on a hospital bed as he was wheeled into a criminal courtroom inside Egypt's Police Academy. He has been held at a hospital in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh since last year.

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Mubarak verdict: Dividing Egypt

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CAIRO — The verdict in the corruption and murder trial of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected Saturday, but it already is dividing citizens here between those demanding change and those seeking stability nearly 16 months after the dictator’s ouster.

Many Egyptians say they want retribution for crimes committed by Mr. Mubarak during his 30-year rule, while others express pity for the 84-year-old, cancer-ridden man who could face the death penalty or years behind bars.

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Mubarak verdict: Already dividing Egypt

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CAIRO - The verdict in the corruption and murder trial of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is expected Saturday, but it already is dividing citizens here between those demanding change and those seeking stability nearly 16 months after the dictator’s ouster.

Many Egyptians say they want retribution for crimes committed by Mr. Mubarak during his 30-year rule, while others express pity for the 84-year-old, cancer-ridden man who could face the death penalty or years behind bars.

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Tunisia's struggles: Continuing after the revolution

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TUNISIA - Tunisia’s uprising is not over. On a regular basis, demonstrators rally in Sidi Bouzid, where the Tunisian revolution started. The protesters are frustrated with the slow pace of economic change in the country.

In Sidi Bouzid, protesters often meet to rally in front of the town hall. In December 2010, the young street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi burned himself to death at this very spot. His death sparked mass protests across Tunisia, the ouster of the country's longtime dictator President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and eventually, uprisings throughout the Arab world.

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