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Egypt: Voting on Islamic Constitution

 

CAIRO: Egyptians were voting on Saturday on a proposed constitution that has polarized their nation, with President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist supporters backing the charter, while liberals, many secular Muslims and Christians oppose it.

With the nation divided by a political crisis defined by mass protests and deadly violence, the vote has turned into a dispute over whether Egypt should move toward a religious state under Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and a radical Salafi bloc, or one that retains secular traditions and an Islamic character.

"The times of silence are over," said bank employee Essam el-Guindy as he waited to cast his ballot in Cairo's upscale Zamalek district. "I am not OK with the constitution. Morsi should not have let the country split like this."

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Russian Diplomats Unconvinced of Assad's Defeat

 

 The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday downplayed earlier comments made by the ministry’s deputy head in which he suggested that the Syrian opposition could win the civil war raging in the country.

Mikhail Bogdanov has not made any specific statements for the press on Syria in recent days, the ministry said on Friday.

The Syrian conflict was discussed at a roundtable in Moscow on Thursday, attended by Bogdanov, where speakers cited the Syrian opposition’s statements about their inevitable victory, the ministry explained in the carefully worded statement.

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Happy Birthday NG!

 

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630. Over 5,000 men, women, and children made the two-month voyage to the New World, leaving the relative comfort and safety of England behind in an effort to break free of religious intolerance, and to manage their communities the way they saw fit.  In doing so, their actions tread new ground in the country that would become the United States of America.

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North Korea Ignores The West's Caveats And Launch Rocket

 

American diplomats have of course had plenty of other distractions: Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arab spring, besides Iran.

There has been little determination to revive the six-party talks, which involved North and South Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russia, since they stalled in late 2008.

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Monks Detained By Chinese Governement

 

A Tibetan monk and his nephew have been detained by Chinese authorities for “inciting” eight self-immolation protests in the Kirti monastery of Aba, in southwestern Sichuan province, State media reported on Sunday.

More than a dozen current and former monks at Kirti have set themselves on fire since 2009, when the spate of Tibetan self-immolations first began when a monk in his twenties at Kirti

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10
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Morsi: Battle Anti Vs. Pro

Cairo: After Egypt’s opposition rejected an offer of compromise by President Mohammed and called for mass protests, now the Muslim Brotherhood had again urged Islamists to come out in support of Mursi. 




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North Korea Facing Possible Missile Launch Delay

 

 North Korea may postpone the controversial launch of a long-range rocket that had been slated for liftoff as early as this week, state media said Sunday, as international pressure on Pyongyang to cancel the provocative move intensified.

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08
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Gazans Gather for Hamas Celebration

 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Tens of thousands of Palestinians massed in Gaza on Saturday for a rally marking the 25th anniversary of Hamas to be addressed by the ruling Islamist movement's leader in exile.

Politburo chief Khaled Meshaal, who arrived from Egypt on Friday, was on his first ever visit to Gaza and his first to the Palestinian territories since 1975.

The celebrations come just over two weeks after an Egyptian-brokered truce ended eight days of bloodshed with Israel which left 174 Palestinians dead.

Light rain in the early morning did not deter thousands of Gazans -- most of them women -- from turning out well before the noon (1000 GMT) start of the main event in the Al-Qatiba complex west of Gaza City, an AFP correspondent reported.

Parallel rallies were being held across the Gaza Strip.

The security forces were out in strength, closing off nearby roads from the early hours.

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08
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Morsi's Television Appearance Incites Protestors

 

President Obama has called the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to express his "deep concern" about the deaths of protesters in Egypt.

He called for dialogue without preconditions between the two sides.

Thu
06
Dec
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Four Die Overnight In Egypt

 

Four demonstrators died overnight Thursday in the worst violence since Mohamed Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president in June. The four were killed by gunfire or buckshot as nearly 350 others were wounded when allies and foes of Morsi clashed around the presidential palace in Cairo.

They started off by lobbing fire bombs and rocks at each other on Wednesday as their simmering standoff over the president's expanded powers and a new constitution turned violent.

Morsi drew the wrath of the opposition and many in the magistrature by assuming exceptional powers under a November 22 decree.

Bloodied protesters were seen carried away as gunshots rang out and the rivals torched cars and set off fire crackers near the presidential palace, where opponents of Morsi had set up tents before his supporters drove them away.

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