July 7, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egypt's new military-led interim government struggled Sunday to settle a dispute within its fragile coalition over who should lead the next cabinet. But as Cairo braced for what are expected to be the largest demonstrations in days, no progress was apparent in resolving the political standoff. Liberal youth activists, led by the Rebel movement that helped organize mass protests to oust Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last week, are pushing for secular opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei.
July 6, 2013 |
CAIRO - Reflecting tension on the streets and sharp differences among Egypt's new authorities, the military-installed government wavered Saturday on appointing secular opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister. State media and ElBaradei's office announced that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency had been chosen for the position. But within hours, the government backtracked, announcing Saturday night that no final decision had been made.
July 2, 2013 |
CAIRO - Facing an ultimatum from the army to end months of unrest, President Mohamed Morsi demanded that Egypt's military remain on the sidelines and declared he would defend the country's new constitution, even if it cost him his life. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement have been maneuvering to stay in power, squeezed by an army deadline to form a coalition government by Wednesday or see the military impose a solution. The president responded in a rambling, defiant address that stretched into early Wednesday.
June 23, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday, Abbas' spokesman said. Hamdallah, in office for only two weeks, resigned Thursday protesting what he described as infringement on his authority as prime minister by his two deputies, both advisors to Abbas. Abbas attempted over two days to persuade Hamdallah, 54, an independent university president until he was asked to form a government on June 2 to replace outgoing Salam Fayyad, to withdraw his resignation.
June 20, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, in office for only two weeks, submitted a resignation on Thursday citing “infringement on his authority” as the reason, sources at his office have confirmed. It was not immediately known if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had accepted the resignation, but the sources said Abbas most likely would not and would find a way to resolve any conflict that prompted this action by the prime minister. Hamdallah's office confirmed Thursday to the Associated Press that he had submitted his resignation to Abbas but did not elaborate.
June 17, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- The idea of a Palestinian state is a "dead end," the conflict an intractable problem and Israel has "to live with it," Israel's economy minister, Naftali Bennett, said Monday. Speaking to a sympathetic audience of settler leaders in Jerusalem, Bennett said "never have so many people spent so much energy on something so pointless," adding that what Israel must do in the West Bank is "build, build, build. " His comments are the latest in a series of remarks by members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 's government against the two-state solution, raising doubts about the possibility of peace talks that the United States is working to renew.
June 16, 2013 |
CAIRO - Artists and writers protesting in downtown Cairo are calling for the resignation of Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz amid accusations that the Islamist-led government is attempting to impose restrictions on the country's art scene. Concerned about the future of freedom of expression, dozens of prominent artists, including film director Khaled Youssef , novelist Bahaa Taher and actor Nabil El Helfawy , have been staging a sit-in outside the Egyptian cultural ministry since June 5. “The intellectuals, writers and artists inside the ministry announce their rejection of the minister, appointed by a religious fascist regime, who has embarked on a plan to destroy national culture,” the artists said in a group statement.
June 13, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Besieged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Friday to freeze construction in a popular Istanbul park after an emergency meeting with antigovernment protesters in Ankara, easing fear of further violence after two weeks of widespread chaos and bloodshed. The meeting, which lasted more than three hours, appeared to be a last-minute effort by the prime minister to avert a police crackdown to remove thousands of demonstrators from Gezi Park who opposed the development plan.
June 13, 2013 |
Political comedy isn't what it used to be, but what shtickmeister could compete with the running gags of those currently holding office? David Mamet took up the challenge and came up short with his Oval Office farce "November," leadenly staged last fall at the Mark Taper Forum. Now we have "Yes, Prime Minister" trying to tickle audiences at the Geffen Playhouse with the behind-the-scenes machinations of the British government. Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the team that co-created the popular BBC television series "Yes Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister," the show redeploys the characters from those programs to satirize a political system in which civil servants pride themselves on being both the puppet masters and the cleanup squad of a benighted prime minister.