Saturday, August 17, 2013


* Egyptian prime minister proposes ban of Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has proposed the legal dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government is studying the idea.

* Egypt: Scores Dead in Bloody 'Day of Rage' Scores are dead in Egypt as a Muslim Brotherhood-led "day of rage" turned to bloodshed on Friday.

* Egypt troops 'clear Islamists' from Cairo mosque Troops rounded up protesters inside al-Fath mosque.

* Yaalon to Ban: Hezbollah is Iran's Weapon Against Israel A day after a car bombing in a stronghold of Hezbollah in Beirut killed at least 20 people, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday afternoon.

* Though silent, Israel remains worried by Egypt upheaval Israel has looked on at upheaval in Egypt largely in silence.

* El-Sissi will not be deterred It is still too early to judge whether Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decision to forcefully remove the Muslim Brotherhood protesters from Cairo's squares was the right one.

* Hezbollah chief says he's ready to fight in Syria himself The leader of the Lebanese-based terrorist organization Hezbollah on Friday blamed Sunni extremists for a string of attacks.

* Endangered in their ancestral land Egypt's Christians are being targeted and scapegoated for the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood.

* US, Iraq work together to combat Syria spillover effects The United States and Iraq agreed on Thursday to boost cooperation to keep Iran from flying weapons over Iraq to Syria.

* PA officials accuse US of 'deception and misinformation' in peace talks Palestinian officials in Ramallah have accused the US Administration of deceiving and misinforming the Palestinian Authority.