Moscow Tries to Remake Itself as Financial Center
Long known as a difficult place to do business, Moscow is making a major effort to encourage banks, insurance companies and law firms that deal with securities to expand there.
Latitude: Protests in Egypt's Provinces Reveal a Malaise With Politics at the Center
The protests in Port Said are about provincial Egyptians’ alienation from the government’s Cairo-centric politics.
Atheist Blogger Sentenced To 3 Years in Prison For Insulting Islam
An anonymous reader writes "Egyptian blogger Alber Saber, maintainer of the Egyptian Atheists Facebook page, has been sentenced to three years in prison under Egypt's blasphemy law for posting the trailer for the anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims. This film was widely blamed for al-Qaeda's coordinated attacks on U.S. embassies on September 11 of this year, which were meant to pressure the U.S. for the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman, who is imprisoned in the U.S. for his role in the World Trade Center attack of 1993. Amnesty International calls the sentence an 'outrageous' assault on freedom of expression."
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Police brutality in Egypt common under President Morsi's regime
A report by the Nadim Center for Rehabillitation of Victims of Violence, a 20-year-old Egyptian group, lists 200 cases of police brutality in the first 100 days of President Morsi's term.
Mayor at Center of Protests Outside Moscow Resigns
Officials said Vladimir Strelchenko’s resignation as mayor of a Moscow suburb was unrelated to attacks on critics, including a newspaper editor who was beaten nearly to death four years ago.