Egypt: Shafiq Says Was Notified He Won Presidential Race

[Aswat Masriya] Ex-presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq has said that many – whom he did not name – notified him that he was the winner of Egypt’s presidency, adding that he was startled when he knew that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi had won.

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Palestine and the West Bank: The calm may not last for ever

FIVE years after Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, dismissed an elected government run by the Islamists of Hamas and decided to rule instead by decree, the Palestinian Authority (PA) that oversees the West Bank is being dangerously challenged from within. In Nablus, the first city where Mr Abbas chose to fill the security vacuum with his American-trained national-security battalions, turf wars have recently erupted between rival commanders, puncturing four years of calm.

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