Egypt president warns against new unrest

Updated 29 December 2012
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Egypt president warns against new unrest

CAIRO: Egypt’s Islamist president has warned against any unrest that could harm the drive to repair the country’s economy in a sharply worded speech pushing the opposition to work with his government.
Muhammad Mursi has made the comments in his first speech to the newly convened upper house of Parliament, saying it was time for the nation to turn to “production, work, seriousness” after two years of turmoil. The past month saw a surge in unrest when the opposition launched a wave of protests against a new constitution, and Islamist supporters of the president held counter-rallies.
He said all sides must “realize the needs of the moment” and work only through “mature democracy while avoiding violence.” He said violence from any faction was “totally rejected.”


Douma safe for press visits, not safe for UN chemical inspectors

Updated 3 min 35 sec ago
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Douma safe for press visits, not safe for UN chemical inspectors

LONDON: Journalists working in Syria’s capital Damascus were treated to an organized visit to the opposition enclave of Douma.
Members of the press toured and photographed deserted areas of Douma which has been held by opposition groups for the last seven years. The government invited international news agencies to tour the devastated neighborhood of Damascus that witnessed the birth of the revolution against Assad’s rule in 2011.
Chemical weapons inspectors meanwhile are still awaiting the green light to access areas where chemical attacks were carried out on the 7th April, and which led to the evacuation of fighters and their families to the north of the country as part of a deal to evacuate the enclave.