Assad sworn in for new seven-year term

By | 2014-07-17T16:40:08+00:00 July 17th, 2014|News|

Bashar al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria’s president for a new seven-year term, in a red carpet ceremony in Damascus, after an election his opponents had slammed as a “farce.”   Assad swore by the Koran before the country’s parliamentarians in an extraordinary session, 40 months into a conflict estimated to have killed

Egypt presidency says ‘pained’ by dragging, beating of naked protester

By | 2013-02-02T22:08:51+00:00 February 2nd, 2013|News|

Egypt’s presidency said on Saturday it was “pained by the shocking footage” of police beating a naked man during overnight clashes outside the presidential palace that has outraged the opposition.    “The presidency was pained by the shocking footage of some policemen treating a protester in a manner that does not accord with human dignity

As Egyptians cast their ballots, five main contenders vie for presidency

By | 2012-05-23T13:13:55+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|News|

Egyptians went to the polls on Wednesday for the first presidential vote since the 2011 uprising that overthrew former president Hosni Mubarak. Voting will take place over two days.   There are 13 candidates on the ballot -- one has dropped out and endorsed a former rival – five of which are regarded as the