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The Egyptian Economy: Facing the Unknown

As Egypt works to replace the government of President Hosni Mubarak, the country’s financial future is still far from certain. Many Egyptians are confident that a new government will usher in a more efficient and equitable economy. With the country still in turmoil, though, the economic recovery could be as unpredictable as the political future....

Anti-Government Protests Break Out in Libya

Libyan protesters clashed with police Wednesday in an anti-government demonstration inspired by the uprisings that brought down the rulers of Libya's neighbors, Egypt and Tunisia.Opposition activists, organizing through social media, rallied against the country's long-time leader, Moammar Gadhafi, in the country's second-biggest city, Benghazi....

Labor Unrest Spreads Throughout Egypt

Thousands of Egyptian workers are on strike Wednesday, demanding better pay and work conditions, following anti-government protests that led to former President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.More than 10,000 workers in the country's textile industry renewed their strikes on Wednesday.  Workers have also walked off their jobs in other industries,...

Hundreds of Libyans Stage Anti-Government Protest

Hundreds of Libyans have staged an anti-government protest in the country's second-largest city, Benghazi, chanting slogans denouncing Libyan leaders and fighting with police. Witnesses and private media say the protesters gathered late Tuesday into early Wednesday outside a security building in Benghazi, initially to demand the release of a...

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to Launch Political Party

Now that President Hosni Mubarak is gone, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group, says it will register as a legitimate political party once party restrictions are lifted.  The group was banned under Mr. Mubarak's rule.  The Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday that it will form a political party to assert its role in Egypt's nascent...

Egypt's Military Appoints Panel to Amend Constitution

Egypt's military rulers have appointed a retired judge to head a committee tasked with amending the constitution to allow for democratic elections later this year.Former Egyptian judge Tareq el-Bishri will lead the eight-member panel, which also includes sitting judges, legal experts, and former lawmaker Sobhi Saleh of the banned Islamist group,...

Egypt Strives to Return to Normalcy

Egypt’s military is laying out a timeline for transferring power to an elected government.  Egypt’s military said it will rule for six months, until elections are held.  But protests, sit-ins and strikes have stalled efforts to get Egypt back to normal life, after President Hosni Mubarak left office.Tuesday is a public holiday for the Prophet...

Algerian Emergency Law to End

Algeria's foreign minister says the country's nearly 20-year emergency law will be lifted shortly, but he plays down recent anti-government protests, saying the country would not follow the path of Tunisia or Egypt.  In an interview on France's Europe One radio Monday, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci discounted the scope and the impact of...

Constitutional Referendum in Egypt Promised in 2 Months

Egyptian pro-democracy activist Wael Ghonim says the country's new military rulers have promised him that a referendum will be held on a revised constitution in two months. Ghonim and blogger Amr Salama posted a note on their website saying they secured the commitment in talks with the military council that took control of Egypt from President...

Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman: Egypt Not Iran

A prominent member of Egypt’s officially-banned Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council has “sharply” denied his organization wants an Iranian-style administration, after anti-government demonstrations forced long-time President Hosni Mubarak to step down following 18-days of protests. Esam Alarian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told VOA...

Tunisian Women Seeking Place in Future Political Makeup

Women have been active participants in anti-government protests that toppled the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. Now, as Tunisia turns the page on authoritarian rule, women are seeking their place in the future political makeup of this North African country. There was a familiar sound in the January protests that ousted Tunisia's strongman...

Women Demand Release of Protesters in Sudan

A group of women demonstrated in Sudan's capital Sunday, demanding the release of sons and other people arrested during anti-government protests last month.Witnesses say about 25 women held a protest outside the headquarters of Sudan's national security service in Khartoum.  Police watched the group but made no move to arrest them.In a different...

Algeria's Opposition Praises Protesters for Evading Police Blockade

Algeria's opposition is praising a rare anti-government demonstration in Algiers, which went forward despite the presence of tens of thousands of police.About 2,000 activists rallied in the capital's May 1st Square, Saturday, and called for the removal of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, drawing inspiration from uprisings that ousted his...

Life In Egypt Slowly Returning To Normal Following Weeks Of Protests

Most of Egypt’s pro-democracy protesters are putting down their placards and getting back to work Sunday, on the first full day of business since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.  Only a few hangers-on remain in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, but the demonstrators that brought Egypt to a standstill for 18 days -- and peacefully ousted their president --...

Egyptian Troops Scuffle With Tahrir Square Protesters, Remove Tents

Egyptian troops have scuffled with pro-democracy protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square as they moved them aside to make way for traffic to resume through the focal point of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.Soldiers entered the square Sunday morning and began removing the tents set up to shelter the protesters whose determined...