Daily Archive: February 2, 2013

Feb
02

Video of police abuse stokes anger in Egypt

Egyptian riot police beat a man, after stripping him, and before dragging him into a police van, during clashes next to the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president hurled stones and firebombs through the gates of his palace gates on Friday, clashing with security forces who fired tear gas and water cannons, as more than a week of political violence came to Mohammed Morsi's symbolic doorstep for the first time. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Minister vowed Saturday to investigate the beating of a naked man by riot police that threatened to further inflame popular anger against security forces, but suggested that initial results absolve the police of direct abuse.


Feb
02

Egypt ‘bodyguards’ take stand against sex assault

In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 photo, Egyptian volunteers of Tahrir Bodyguard, an anti-harassment group, work at a rally in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Patrolling on Friday, the men and women have joined Tahrir Bodyguard — one of several informal groups that have arisen to protect female demonstrators after women were stripped, groped and assaulted in a string of attacks this past year. Over the past week alone, while mass protests filled city squares around the country, over two dozen new sexual attacks have been reported — a wave activists call the worst in years. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)CAIRO (AP) — Amid a growing number of brutal attacks on women protesters in Egypt, one stood out: A mob of men on Cairo's Tahrir Square raped a 19-year-old woman with a sharp object, cutting her genitals in an attack that forced her to undergo emergency surgery.


Feb
02

Netanyahu asked to form next Israeli government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, receives a folder from Israeli President Simon Peres in a brief ceremony in the president's Jerusalem residence Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Israel's president has asked Netanyahu to form the next government, and Netanyahu says he wants to advance peace talks with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday to form the next government, and Netanyahu pledged that his new administration will be committed to advancing peace talks with the Palestinians.


Feb
02

Yemini military: Town seized from al-Qaida

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Yemeni military says it has wrested control of a southern town from al-Qaida fighters after three days of clashes that killed 17 people.

Feb
02

Syrian rebels advance near Aleppo airport

This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows anti-Syrian regime protesters carrying banners during a demonstration, at Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The Arabic banner, foreground, reads: BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels captured a strategic neighborhood near Aleppo's international airport on Saturday, putting opposition fighters in control of a key road that the regime has used to ferry supplies and reinforcements to soldiers fighting in the embattled northern city, activists said.