CAIRO — Millions of Egyptians turned out to vote Saturday on the second and final day of a national referendum on a new constitution that would deepen the influence of Islamic law in their country.
Preliminary and unofficial results show the charter passing. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed Sunday that 64 percent of voters said “yes” to the constitution, though the results are not expected to be officially announced until Monday.Read full article >>
YAYLADAGI, Turkey — Um Khalid is contemplating selling some of the bare-bones food ration given to Syrian refugees to buy winter clothes for her eight children.
“I was thinking I could buy something every month for one child that way,” she said, explaining her pained calculation as she served instant coffee heated on a hot plate in the tent that has sheltered the family since they fled Syria 18 months ago.Read full article >>
The revolution that began here two years ago with calls for justice and freedom has become a rout by Islamist forces that have racked up victory upon victory at the polls.
But within Egypt and across the region, the real source of fears that the country is careening toward theocracy lies in an unlikely place: the ancient stone corridors of al-Azhar, a Cairo institution that has long been known as a respected beacon of moderation.Read full article >>
The letter from a Syrian child offers Santa Claus some advice for his visit this year. He should not come in his sleigh, because “not even a fly” can now survive the fight for the skies going on between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebel opponents. But most important of all, Santa must not wear his traditional outfit.Read full article >>
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