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Officials Attempt to Shut Down Al Jazeera

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Leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt have sent Qatari government officials a list of 13 demands in an attempt to ameliorate the conflict in the Gulf region. One of these demands includes shutting down Al Jazeera, a state news network that the Qatari government finances. According to UN Special Rapporteur […]

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency, Blames ‘Foreign Enemies’

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency in a televised address on Sunday following months of anti-government protests (BBC). The protests were carried out by the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara people, complaining that power is held by a small Tigrean elite (BBC). According to government officials, […]

Cyprus and Egypt Sign Gas Pipeline Deal

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On August 31, Cypriot Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Tarek el-Molla signed a deal for the transfer of natural gas to Egypt via a submarine pipeline (Reuters, AP). Noble, a U.S. energy company, discovered a large deposit of natural gas off Cyprus in 2011 (Forbes). This agreement will lead to closing commercial […]

Egyptian Government Crackdown Prompts Blowback

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Anticipating demonstrations on the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring and the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi addressed Egypt in a televised speech on Sunday (Newsweek). Egyptians demonstrated in Alexandria’s Al-Qaed Ibrahim Square and Tahir Square in the capital of Cairo, where the 2011 protests took place (Al Jazeera). In efforts to […]

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Egypt Plane Crash

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The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the downing of an Airbus A321 plane on Saturday, which crashed 23 minutes after taking off from a south Sinai resort in Egypt and killed all passengers (Reuters). Most of the 224 people on board the chartered plane, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, were Russian tourists travelling back […]

Mystery Russian Plane Crash Over Egypt

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On Monday, a Russian charter plane crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt killing all 224 passengers aboard. Representatives from five countries have joined the investigation. Questions about the aircraft’s repair history and the possibility of a terrorist attack are both possible reasons for the crash. The lack of information has led investigators to believe […]