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Lebanese veterans blockade central bank to protest draft state budget

May 13 2019

BEIRUT Retired Lebanese soldiers blockaded the central bank on Monday to warn the government against curbing their benefits in an escalation of protests against plans to cut state spending.

UPDATE 5-Lebanese veterans blockade central bank to protest draft state budget

May 13 2019

* Government planning to trim state spending to cut debt (Adds cabinet session ending)

Doctors go underground as Syrian government attacks rebel northwest

May 08 2019

BEIRUT In part of northern Syria's last rebel enclave, doctors have pulled back into cave shelters to treat the wounded and protect their patients from a government offensive that has hit health centers and hospitals.

Opponents say Egypt's constitutional changes will cement 'absolute rule'

Mar 28 2019

CAIRO A coalition of Egyptian opposition parties said constitutional changes that could allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 would pave the way for years of "absolute individual rule" and is urging Egyptians to vote against them.

Egyptian military court upholds jail sentence of former anti-graft chief: lawyer

Mar 03 2019

CAIRO An Egyptian military court has rejected an appeal by a former anti-corruption chief and opposition figure against his five-year prison sentence for spreading false news harmful to the military, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Egypt executes nine over public prosecutor's killing

Feb 20 2019

CAIRO Egyptian authorities executed nine men convicted over the 2015 killing of the country's chief prosecutor on Wednesday amid a surge in the number of death sentences carried out this month, lawyers, activists and officials said.

Constitutional proposals could allow Sisi to stay in power till 2034: document

Feb 04 2019

CAIRO Constitutional amendments proposed by Egyptian lawmakers would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power for up to 12 years beyond his current term and boost his control of the judiciary, according to a draft seen by Reuters.

Bomb kills three Vietnamese tourists, Egyptian guide near pyramids: officials

Dec 29 2018

CAIRO Three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide were killed and at least 10 others injured when a roadside bomb blast hit their tour bus on Friday less than 4 km (2.5 miles) from Egypt's world-famous Giza pyramids, authorities said. | Video

Egyptian court acquits 40 NGO workers whose case strained ties with U.S.

Dec 20 2018

CAIRO Forty NGO workers, including at least 15 Americans, were cleared on Thursday by an Egyptian court in a case concerning the work of groups promoting democracy in the country.

Lectured by Sisi on body weight, Egyptians respond with jokes

Dec 19 2018

CAIRO Egyptians on social media have been poking fun at comments from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calling out Egyptians for being overweight - the second time the former general has picked up on the subject in as many months.

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India's Modi stuns opposition with huge election win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.