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Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced in absentia to 35 years

Source : Tarek Amara | Reuters
TUNIS | 21 Jun 2011

A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia on Monday to 35 years in jail, six months after his ouster in a revolution helped inspire the “Arab Spring.”

Ben Ali was found guilty after just one day of deliberation of theft, illegally possessing jewelry and large sums of cash.

 

Calls grow in Egypt to delay elections

Source : AP
CAIRO | 20 Jun 2011

Calls are growing in Egypt for a delay of September’s parliamentary elections to give parties formed in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster more time to organize.

The push, which now has the prime minister’s backing, is aimed at keeping the well-organized Muslim Brotherhood from dominating the next legislature and exerting disproportionate Islamist influence over the drafting of a new constitution.

 

Russia urges Syria opposition to talk to Assad

Source : Agencies
Moscow | 20 Jun 2011

Russia on Monday emphasised its opposition to a U.N. resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and urged the opposition to sit down with President Bashar al-Assad's government for talks on reform.

In an interview with the Financial Times, President Dmitry Medvedev strongly suggested Russia would not back any resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council but stopped short of vowing a veto.

 

Israel approves expansion of 2,000 settler homes in Occupied East Jerusalem

Source : Al Arabiya
Monday, 20 Jun 2011

Jerusalem’s municipal council on Sunday approved the expansion of 2,000 homes in the settlement district of Ramat Shlomo, allowing each home to add a room, the interior ministry said.

“Jerusalem’s planning and urbanization committee on Sunday authorized the enlargement of 2,000 homes in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo,” it said in a statement.

 

Muslims better integrated in Britain than many Christians

Source : Islam Today
Monday, 20 Jun 2011

According to the head of the British government's Equality and Human Rights Commission, Muslims are integrating into British society better than many Christians.

Commission chairman Trevor Phillips (pictured) accused Christians, particularly evangelicals, of being more militant than Muslims and more likely to complain about discrimination, arguing that many of the claims are motivated by a desire for greater political influence.

 

Somalia's prime minister resigns in line with deal

Source : Abdi Guled | AP
MOGADISHU | 19 Jun 2011

Somalia’s prime minister said Sunday that he would resign, reversing a pledge he made last week that he would not step down after Somalis took to the streets in support of the Somali-American politician.

A recent UN-backed deal reached at political meetings in Uganda called for Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within a month to pave the way for the formation of a new Mogadishu government.

 

Marriage breakdowns: A disturbing trend

Source : Arab News
JEDDAH | 19 Jun 2011

There were 500,000 divorce cases in Saudi Arabia in less than two decades, Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News, reported Friday quoting a field study that claimed the figures represented a worrying trend.

The study, conducted by researcher Salman bin Muhammad Al-Amri, said divorces were particularly common among young couple and asked for establishing special offices for marriage counseling under the umbrella of Shariah courts.

 

Yemenis look to tribes as force for change, unity

Source : Judith Spiegel | The Media Line
SANAA | 20 Jun 2011

It is early morning in Change Square, as the opposition has dubbed the epicenter of their months’ long sit-in in the Yemeni capital. Abdulmajid Ali, a sheikh of the Arhab tribe, is standing at the front of the tent his tribe has set up at the site as tribesmen start the day by sweeping the floors and folding blankets.

 

Costly Afghan weddings under government scrutiny

Source : AP
KABUL : Afghanistan | 20 Jun 2011

Some brides in Afghanistan change their outfits up to 10 times. Throw in the six-hour trips to the beauty parlors and the meals for 1,000 guests — and one wedding alone could bankrupt many Afghans.

Now the Justice Ministry is proposing limits on the lavish events to cut down on the pressure poor Afghans face to match the elite’s elaborate weddings. The government is specifically targeting party halls — and threatening to fine owners who flout the austerity rules.

 

Hiding in plain sight

Source : Michael Koplow | FP
02 Dec 2010

As the explosive, ongoing release of hundreds of thousands of State Department diplomatic cables shows, official Washington is anxious about the direction that Turkey's government is taking the country -- and particularly the influence of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, long credited as the architect of its foreign policy. And judging by the academic-turned-international-strategist's doctoral dissertation, they have good reason to worry.

 
 

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