Archive for May 14th, 2016

Egypt Sentences 152 to Prison for Protest Over Transfer of Islands

Saturday, May 14th, 2016:

CAIRO — Two Egyptian courts on Saturday sentenced to prison 152 people who took part in a street protest last month, in a sharp escalation of a campaign by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to suppress political dissent in the country. The protesters, who had been demonstrating against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, received sentences of between two and five years, according to public prosecutors and defense lawyers. Also, fines of 100,000 Egyptian pounds apiece — about $11,260 at the official exchange rate or $9,000 at the parallel rate — were levied against 101 of those […] Read More →

Boris Johnson interview: We can be the 'heroes of Europe' by voting to Leave

Saturday, May 14th, 2016:

Mr Cameron has said he will not fight the 2020 election as Tory leader and has tipped Mr Johnson as one of a number of potential successors. Asked for his longer-term view of how the Conservatives can win big, Margaret Thatcher-style majorities, Mr Johnson does offer clear answers. “By being there for everybody, and by being on the side of people on low incomes who aren’t getting a fair crack of the whip,” he says. “By campaigning for small businesses against the big battalions – small businesses are the backbone of the economy. “There is a Tory mission for social […] Read More →

IS 'overruns hospital in Syrian city'

Saturday, May 14th, 2016:

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Deir al-Zour has been devastated by years of fighting Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have briefly overrun a hospital complex in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, reports say. Activists say about 35 pro-government fighters were killed and some medical staff taken hostage. More than 20 IS fighters were also reported killed. The attack was centred on al-Assad hospital, to the west of the city. Government forces retook the hospital after several hours, reports say, but the fate of the hostages is unclear. BBC Arab Affairs Editor Sebastian Usher says the latest […] Read More →

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