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Elections to go ahead

President Bashar al-Assad has insisted that parliamentary elections scheduled for August will go ahead, although only parties belonging to the National Progressive Front—a coalition that accepts the hegemony of Assad’s Ba’ath party—may run. An estimated 1,400 civilians have died in the violent crackdown against protests since March. The EU and the US have imposed sanctions on Syria, but have ruled out military intervention, and Russia has blocked UN Security Council resolutions condemning the actions of the regime.

EGYPT

Mubarak on trial

Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will stand trial for corruption and ordering the…

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