Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

Oct 20, 2013

Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil

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The night of June 30 was one of intense drama in Rio de Janeiro. Inside the newly refurbished Maracana stadium, still slick with plaster dust, a gladiatorial atmosphere turned to celebration as Neymar scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in ...

Oct 15, 2013

Myanmar police urge vigilance after bomb blasts in Yangon

Police urged vigilance after several small bombs exploded in and around Myanmar’s largest city in recent days, reportedly killing two people and injuring three others. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts and it was not immediately clear if they were related. Small explosions ...

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Aug 27, 2013

South African strikes spur fears of fresh violence

Tens of thousands of builders halted work and aircraft technicians disrupted air traffic Monday in the latest strikes to hit South Africa, fanning fears of new violence. Around 90,000 construction workers embarked on an indefinite strike demanding a 13 percent pay increase, against employers’ ...

Brotherhood has spectacular fall from grace

| Aug 19, 2013

Brotherhood has spectacular fall from grace

Just two years ago, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won the country’s first free elections, but now many in the country call its supporters terrorists. It is a spectacular fall from grace for the Islamist movement, which saw its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, become the first president ...

Bloodshed shows lack of U.S. leverage

| Aug 15, 2013

Bloodshed shows lack of U.S. leverage

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Egypt’s latest bloodshed has underlined what experts say is the weakened influence of the United States, which turned a blind eye to a coup while advocating a return to democracy. The United States has struggled to develop a coherent approach to Egypt since veteran ...

U.S. envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

Jul 15, 2013

U.S. envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

A senior U.S. official flew to Cairo early Monday, hours after Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the freezing of assets belonging to 14 top Islamists. Undersecretary of State Bill Burns, the first U.S. official to visit since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, is scheduled to ...

Islamists call for uprising after army kills dozens in Cairo

Jul 9, 2013

Islamists call for uprising after army kills dozens in Cairo

Fifty-one people, mostly Mohamed Morsi loyalists, were killed Monday in Egypt while rallying in favor of the ousted president, as the new rulers announced fresh elections by early 2014 amid U.S. calls for restraint. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has led demonstrations against Wednesday’s overthrow ...

Egyptians split on choice of leader

Jul 7, 2013

Egyptians split on choice of leader

The coalition that toppled Egypt's Islamist government starts to crack as a dispute over the interim prime minister reveals sharp disagreements on how strongly religion should influence politics.