Egypt bans April 6 youth movement

Updated 28 April 2014
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Egypt bans April 6 youth movement

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has banned the April 6 youth movement that helped engineer the 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of longtime autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.
The ruling is seen by activists as part of a government- orchestrated campaign to stifle opposition and dissent.
The court in Cairo ruled in a suit filed by a lawyer who demanded the banning of the group over allegations it “tarnished the image of the Egyptian state” and conspired against the country’s national interests.
Leaders of April 6 — Ahmed Maher and Mohammed Adel — have been jailed for violating a new protest law that requires that any demonstration must have a police permit.
Monday’s ruling by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters can be suspended by a higher tribunal.


Iran will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons: IRNA

Updated 23 May 2018
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Iran will not seek permission from any power to develop weapons: IRNA

LONDON: The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces dismissed on Wednesday US demands for Tehran to curb its influence in the region, and said it would not seek permission from any country to develop defense capabilities.
“Iranian armed forces are now, thanks to God, more prepared than ever and will not wait for the permission or approval of any power to develop defense capabilities,” Major General Mohammad Bagheri was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.