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At least 17 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

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By Maggie Fick and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in Egypt's bloodiest protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president, as security forces fired at protesters marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Gunfire and sirens could be heard in Cairo into the night as armoured personnel carriers moved through the centre of a city where security forces had once again used lethal force against dissenters. A Health Ministry spokesman said at least 17 people had been killed at protests across the country. The anniversary was a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists had the resolve to challenge a government that has persistently stamped out dissent since the then-army chief Sisi ousted elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.


At least 15 killed in protests on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:12

By Maggie Fick and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said. In the bloodiest day of protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president in June, security forces and plain clothed police fired at protesters, witnesses said. The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists have the resolve to challenge a government that has stamped out dissent since the then-army chief Sisi ousted elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.


Three protesters killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising as tension grows

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 09:29

By Maggie Fick and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Three people were killed during pro-democracy protests in Egypt and a bomb wounded two policemen on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security sources said. The anniversary is a test of whether Islamists and liberal activists facing one of Egypt's toughest crackdowns have the resolve to challenge the U.S.-backed government once again. Security forces have been stamping out dissent in Egypt since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.


Japan vows not to give up on 2 hostages till 'the very end'

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 05:19
TOKYO (AP) — Japan promised Saturday not to give up "until the very end" on efforts to free two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants demanding a $200 million ransom, after a deadline passed with no word from the captors.

Prayers offered for Japanese hostages as Islamic militants' ransom deadline passes

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:32
Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning that the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages.

Prayers said for Japanese hostages held by Islamic militants

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:31
TOKYO (AP) — Prayers were offered Friday at Tokyo's largest mosque for two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants who had demanded a $200 million ransom for their release.

Islamic State deadline on Japanese captives passes with no word on fate

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:13
By Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it was still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed and there was no immediate word on their fate. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government considered whether planned legislative changes would give it the legal basis for a military strike on ...

'COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN' New threat to ISIS hostages as ransom deadline passes

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 02:23
Militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group issued a new threat against a pair of Japanese hostages Friday as the deadline passed for Tokyo to pay a ransom of $200 million to prevent their beheading.

Prayers Said for Japanese Hostages Held by Islamic Militants

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:44
Prayers offered for Japanese hostages as Islamic militants' ransom deadline passes

Islamic State’s Death Threat Stirs Anger, Shock in Japan

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:08
Islamic State militants’ threat to kill two Japanese hostages for ransom sparked expressions of fear and outrage among a cross-section of people in the country.

Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:12
© AP Photo This image taken from an online video released by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, purports to show the group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages that the militants identify as Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa, right, unless a $200 million ransom is paid within 72 hours.

Time to 'turn the page' and help middle class, Obama to say

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:36

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will challenge a skeptical Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to back tax increases on the wealthy to help lift up middle-class Americans, saying in a State of the Union speech it is time to "turn the page" from recession and war. On foreign policy, Obama will call on lawmakers to pass a new authorization of military force against Islamic State militants to replace powers that were given to President George W. Bush to prosecute the Iraq war. Obama's appeal for a new force authorization for Washington's five-month campaign of air strikes in Iraq and Syria may be one of the few items he proposes on Tuesday that will gain congressional approval, as Republicans cast a dim view on his call for tax hikes. Obama will credit his "middle-class economics" for a surge in the U.S. economy and say it is time to "turn the page" from recession and war and to focus on growth for the middle class, according to excerpts of his 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT Wednesday) televised speech released by the White House.


Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:38
CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives.

IS Demands $200m Ransom For Japan Hostages

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:13
Islamic State has issued a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless a $200m (£133m) ransom is paid within 72 hours. In the video, a black-clad militant brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English as he stands between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. But the Japanese government has said it will not bow to extremism. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference in ...

Latest Islamic State video threatens lives of two Japanese hostages

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:16
Militants demand $200m ransom for release of hostages named as Kenji Goto Jogo and Huruna Yukawa Islamic State has released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages and demanding a $200m (£130m) ransom from their government. The 1min 40sec film entitled “A message to the government at the people of Japan” begins with footage in English from Japan’s public broadcaster giving details ...

IS threatens to kill two Japanese hostages: video

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:11
The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, in a video posted on jihadist websites on Tuesday. In the footage, a black-clad militant brandishing a knife addresses the camera in English, standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. The militant says that the ransom demand was to compensate for non-military ...

IS demands $200m ransom for 2 hostages

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:32
Islamic State jihadists, in a new video, are threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they are paid a huge ransom.

Uproar over '£9m' ransom paid to Islamic militants for release of two Italian hostages

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:38
ISLAMIC militants were reportedly paid £9million by the Italian government to release two female hostages – causing uproar in the country.

Italy denies paying 12-million-euro ransom for aid workers

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:24
* Foreign minister says media reports "baseless" * No direct denial that ransom was paid for Italians * Politicians raise questions over Islamist funding (Adds comments by foreign minister) ROME, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Italy said on Friday reports that a 12-million-euro ransom was paid to free two aid workers kidnapped in Syria were "baseless", following public criticism, but did not deny directly ...

Anger, calls for calm in Middle East over new Charlie cartoons

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:36
By Shadi Bushra and Ayla Jean Yackley CAIRO/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim clerics in the Middle East who have denounced last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo criticized the French satirical weekly on Wednesday for publishing new cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad in its first issue after the killings. On the front of its "survivor's edition", which swiftly sold out its multi-million copy print run in France, the newspaper printed a cartoon of a tearful Mohammad carrying a sign reading "I am Charlie", under the headline "All is forgiven". ...

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