“A good number” of unmanned U.S. military drones are operating in the skies over Syria, monitoring the President Basir al-Assad’s military’s crackdown against the opposition, U.S. defense officials tell NBC News.
Syrian forces have opened fire with live ammunition to break up a protest in the capital Damascus, killing one and wounding at least four people, witnesses say.
China said on Saturday it backed Syrian President Bashar Assad’s plans for a referendum and multi-party elections to resolve the Syria crisis, a show of support against world condemnation of the Syrian leader’s crackdown on a popular uprising.
Hundreds of Islamists hurled stones at secular opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei as he went to cast his ballot in a referendum in Egypt’s capital on Saturday, an AFP reporter said.
Egyptians flocked to the polls on Saturday to vote in a referendum on constitutional changes which will determine how quickly the country can hold elections.
The military leaders now governing Egypt have told a coalition of young opposition leaders that they plan to convene a panel of distinguished jurists to submit a package of constitutional amendments within 10 days for approval in a national referendum within two months, setting a breakneck schedule for the transition to civilian role.
The United States on Monday held out the prospect of reducing its dwindling list of state sponsors of terrorism by yet another country, with both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton saying Sudan could soon be removed from the list.
Ten civilians were killed along Sudan’s increasingly tense north-south border, Sudanese officials said Tuesday, as voting continued for a third day in a landmark referendum on southern Sudan’s independence.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is to visit the capital of Southern Sudan, Juba, five days before a referendum is held on whether it will secede. Mr Bashir will meet the president of the semi-autonomous south, Salva Kiir. The two men were on opposing sides during the two-decades-long civil war.
Egypt’s foreign minister said a break-up of Sudan looked inevitable because northern and southern officials had made no real effort to keep Africa’s biggest country united. A referendum on independence for south Sudan, promised under a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of civil war, is due to take place on January 9, […]