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Al-Qaida Releases Posthumous bin Laden Audio

Al-Qaida has released an audio recording by Osama bin Laden made just days before his death.A U.S.-based monitoring service, SITE, said Wednesday that in the tape, bin Laden praises revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa and says he thinks "the winds of change" will spread across the entire Muslim world.In the 12-minute message, bin...

Ethiopia-Egypt Talks Yield 'New Environment' in Nile Dispute

Egypt’s prime minister says his just-completed visit to Ethiopia has opened a “whole new environment” for settlement of the longstanding dispute over sharing the waters of the Nile River. As he completed a two-day visit to Uganda and Ethiopia, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf signaled an end to Egypt’s tepid relations with Sub-Saharan Africa that...

Egyptian Muslims, Copts Dampen Religious Feuds

Tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have boiled over into sporadic violence for many years, but the dramatic changes in the country have brought the issue once again to the fore.  Eye for eyeThe murder of a parish priest proved the most recent tipping point here.   Anba Daoud Boutros was found stabbed to death in February in his home...

In Egypt, Thousands Demand Reform, Peace

Thousands gathered in Cairo's main square on Friday urging an end to sectarian violence, continued political reforms and support of the Palestinian cause.The rally comes after Muslim-Christian clashes left 12 dead over the weekend in sectarian fighting. Violence between Egypt's Coptic Christians and conservative Muslims has led to calls for...

Amnesty International Releases Annual Report on Human Rights

Amnesty International says in its latest annual report that recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show that freedom of expression lies at the heart of human rights. 2010 ended with a public uprising in Tunisia that forced that country’s longtime leader from power.  Then in the new year, similar public demonstrations prompted Egypt's...

HOLD until Friday-America and Arab Spring: One Man’s View

How has the so-called “Arab Spring” changed the way Americans perceive people of the Middle East and North Africa? What about how people in that region look at the United States? American author and activist James Zogby says change is needed in both camps and cautions that many Americans still don’t understand the region. Zogby, a son of Lebanese...

US Lawmakers Probe End Game in Libya

The Obama administration is facing intense questioning from U.S. lawmakers about current and future U.S. efforts to reshape Libya.  Nearly two months into an international military campaign, legislators are seeking answers about goals, methods, costs, and potential outcomes in the oil-rich country, where leader Moammar Gadhafi continues to cling...

Egyptian Islamist Calls for Tolerance of Coptic Christians

Violence between Egypt's Coptic Christians and conservative Muslims has led to calls for tolerance from some unlikely sources. The allegiance of the men gathered outside a mosque in central Assyut is clear. But the man addressing the rally implores them to embrace those of other religions. Aboud el-Zomour warns against interfaith violence that...

Sudanese Government Concerned About Uprising, Says Opposition Leader

The leader of Sudan’s opposition Popular Congress Party [PCP] says the ruling National Congress Party [NCP] is using state security agencies to intimidate opponents ahead of south Sudan’s scheduled July independence. Hassan Al-Turabi, who was recently released from jail, said the ruling party seems to be concerned that the south’s separation could...

IOM: Migrants Fleeing Libya Overwhelm Niger

The International Organization for Migration says about 1,000 people every day are arriving from Libya to northern Niger's main entry point of Dirkou, fleeing Libya's months-long conflict. The head of IOM in Niger, Abibatou Wane, says many of the migrants are from Niger or other sub-Saharan African countries and arrive in poor condition after...

UN Humanitarian Chief: Libyan Civilians Under Fire, Face Widespread Shortages

The head of the United Nations humanitarian aid program said Monday that Libya is facing widespread shortages and she called for a pause in the fighting in that country to allow international aid agencies to address humanitarian concerns.  The humanitarian aid chief at the United Nations, Valerie Amos, told the U.N. Security Council that the the...

Egypt to Use 'Iron Hand' for Security After Deadly Sectarian Violence

Bloody sectarian clashes erupted overnight after a crowd of Islamic extremists massed in front of a Coptic Christian church in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba, claiming that a woman who had allegedly converted to Islam was being held inside the church. Twelve people were killed and dozens wounded in the violence, while two churches were also set ablaze...

Egypt to Try 190 People for Sectarian Violence

Egypt's military rulers said Sunday they plan to try 190 people detained in connection with sectarian violence that killed 10 people in a Cairo suburb.The announcement that those arrested would face a military trial came after an emergency Cabinet meeting earlier in the day to discuss the events of the previous day and night.Egyptian Prime...

Study: Connection Between Corruption, Recent Revolutions

A study by Global Integrity, an international nonprofit organization, says corruption risks increased in Egypt, some Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern European nations before this year's popular uprisings that swept the region. Global Integrity Managing Director Nathaniel Heller likened corruption to a black hole when he spoke to reporters...

UN Asks West for Help with Libyan Refugee Crisis

What inevitably follows the breakout of war is the movement of masses of people across international borders. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving out of Libya, mainly into Tunisia and Egypt, countries fresh with the instability of their own revolutions. United Nations High...