January 24, 2014 |
CAIRO -- One of Egypt's loveliest but lesser-known museums was a casualty of a powerful bomb on Friday targeting a police headquarters directly across the street. The stately 19th century Museum of Islamic Art in downtown Cairo, filled with precious cultural objects such as manuscripts, astrolabes and ceramics, was badly damaged by the early-morning blast. The explosion, one of three blasts Friday that killed five people in the city, shattered windows, knocked off big chunks of masonry from the museum's ornate facade, and left a tangle of wires in the entryway.
January 9, 2014 |
CAIRO -- Tunisia's Islamist prime minister stepped down Thursday, upholding a pledge aimed at breaking a political stalemate and paving the way for new elections in the country where the Arab Spring began. Tunisia is approaching the third anniversary of the overthrow of longtime despotic leader Zine al Abidine ben Ali, an uprising that triggered a series of regional revolts against longtime authoritarian leaders, including Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Thursday's resignation of the government, announced in a nationally televised news conference by Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, was in line with an earlier agreement between his Islamist Ennahda party, which holds a parliamentary majority, and secular opposition parties.
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December 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles police and city officials will announce a $75,000 reward for information in the fatal shooting of a reality TV director and writer who was killed in a home-invasion robbery at his Glassell Park home the day before Thanksgiving. James Marcus Howe was attacked Nov. 27 when he answered his front door after hearing a knock, authorities said. When he opened the door, three people stormed into the house, shooting and killing Howe and seriously injuring his wife. Their 6-year-old was not injured.
December 1, 2013 |
BANGKOK, Thailand - Riot police fired tear gas Sunday at anti-government protesters armed with petrol bombs trying to force their way into the prime minister's complex and police headquarters, intensifying Thailand's political crisis and raising fears of extended instability in the Southeast Asian nation. For most of the last week, protests remained peaceful. But on Saturday, the seventh day of protests, clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters turned violent around Ramkhamhaeng University, with at least three people killed overnight and dozens injured, according to police.
November 28, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Thailand's prime minister easily survived a no-confidence vote Thursday, but hundreds of protesters continued to besiege ministries in the capital as her embattled government sought a way out of its political crisis. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai party prevailed in parliament by a vote of 297 to 134. The opposition hoped to unseat the government but members of Yingluck's party held firm in their commanding majority to blunt the challenge. Footage showed her smiling broadly dressed in a dark suit and gold necklace as the vote was announced.
September 28, 2013 |
ATHENS -- Greek police Saturday arrested the leader of the country's far-right Golden Dawn party as part of a major crackdown on the group triggered by the fatal stabbing last week of a young anti-fascist rapper, allegedly by a Golden Dawn sympathizer. Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos was arrested at his home in an early-morning police operation expected to continue throughout the day, with arrest warrants out on 35 other party members and elected representatives in the Greek parliament, police said.