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  • Britain and US suspend aid as Islamists hold sway

    Britain and the United States have suspended assistance to Syrian rebels as the opposition continues to fracture and fall under the influence of hard-line Islamists. The hold on supplies of non-military assistance such as body armour, communications equipment and, in the American case, armoured...

    Thursday, 12 December 2013 - 8:31am
  • Why angry allies may see this as signs of a superpower in retreat

    Washington feels triumphant, but has a superpower ever struck a deal like this, in defiance of its most closely affected allies? The United States is still, despite recent debacles, the global hegemon. Ignoring the pleas of allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia is just one of those things a...

    Monday, 25 November 2013 - 8:46am
  • Coptic Christian girls shot dead at wedding in Egypt

    Four members of the same family, including girl cousins aged eight and 12, were killed and 19 others injured when a Coptic Christian wedding in the Egyptian capital Cairo was raked by gunfire.

    Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 6:00am
  • Retired US army officer found hanged in Egyptian jail cell

    A retired American army officer has been found hanged in an Egyptian prison cell six weeks after being arrested for breaking the national curfew. The death is the latest in a series of incidents that have raised concerns about worsening attitudes to foreigners. Officials said the man, named...

    Monday, 14 October 2013 - 9:04am
  • Villagers murdered in their beds by al-Qaeda fighters opposed to Bashar al-Assad regime

    Al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups fighting the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad killed scores of civilians, including women and children, after a battle in the north-west of the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report published yesterday (Friday). A researcher from the...

    Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 8:33am
  • Libyans seek revenge over al-Libi 'kidnap'

    Islamist radicals in Libya have threatened to take revenge on Westerners for the "kidnapping" by US forces of a former associate of Osama bin Laden, who was seized from in Tripoli on Saturday. A growing wave of anger has been directed at the Libyan government from all sides over the capture by...

    Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 8:42am
  • Assad ordered me to gas my people, but I couldn't do it, says Brigadier-General Zaher al-Saket

     Few thought that the Syrian regime's promise to destroy its chemical weapons would be the end of the story. Brigadier-General Zaher al-Saket, a former chemical weapons chief in President Bashar al-Assad's own army, certainly did not. Brig Gen Saket says he was ordered three times to use chemical...

    Sunday, 22 September 2013 - 6:34am
  • Syria crisis: Rebels express outrage at US failure to act

    Syrian rebels and opposition leaders expressed outrage on Sunday at President Barack Obama's last-minute decision to hold off from military intervention and suggested other "pariah states" could be encouraged if the West failed to take any action.

    Monday, 2 September 2013 - 8:44am
  • Syria chemical blast: Does the West have the courage to move in?

    Assad's policy is survival at any cost: does the West have the courage to move in?

    Monday, 26 August 2013 - 9:12am
  • Egypt's former dictator Hosni Mubarak could be freed on Thursday

    Mubarak's release risks inflaming Egypt conflict

    Thursday, 22 August 2013 - 8:58am