Mar 17, 2014

U.S. Navy SEALs seize tanker from Libyan rebels

U.S. Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker late Sunday that escaped earlier this month from a Libyan port with armed men at the helm, the U.S. Department of Defense said. Libyan anti-government rebels, who are calling for a greater share ...

Egypt military eyes key charter vote

Jan 13, 2014

Egypt military eyes key charter vote

With a presidential run by Egypt’s powerful military chief seeming more likely by the day, this week’s constitution referendum, to be held amid a massive security force deployment, is widely seen as a vote of confidence in the regime he installed last summer. The ...

Egypt's El-Sissi seeks mandate from vote on new charter

Jan 12, 2014

Egypt's El-Sissi seeks mandate from vote on new charter

Egypt’s military chief is looking for a strong turnout in this week’s constitutional referendum as a mandate to run for president. But the popular general who ousted President Mohammed Morsi and ordered a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood could be disappointed: His Islamist foes ...

Pillar of police state reclaims role in Egypt

Jan 7, 2014

Pillar of police state reclaims role in Egypt

After a bombing hit a security headquarters in Egypt’s Nile Delta, calls flooded in to a hot-line run by security agencies as people reported suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their neighborhoods. In the weeks that followed, hotline numbers have run in a ...

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Jan 6, 2014

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Debate on Tunisia’s new constitution was suspended for several hours Sunday after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an “enemy of Islam.” The upshot of the raucous proceedings was that opposition members of the National ...

Egyptian protest crackdown begins

Nov 27, 2013

Egyptian protest crackdown begins

Egyptian police violently disbanded a small protest mounted Tuesday night by activists calling for democracy in central Cairo, arresting dozens of some of the country’s best-known rights advocates just two days after the military-appointed interim president signed an acutely restrictive law regulating demonstrations in ...