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  • Hamdy El-Fakharany (center), an opposition leader and former member of the now-dissolved Parliament, and other activists flash victory signs in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The high court ruled that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected and that the legislature's upper house, the only one currently sitting, must be dissolved when parliament's lower chamber is elected later this year or early in 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt's high court rules legislature illegally elected

    Egypt's highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists' hold on power.


  • Essam el-Erian vice chairman of the Freedom And Justice party, speaks during a session at the Shura Council building in Cairo on Dec. 26, 2012. The official approval of Egypt's disputed and Islamist-backed constitution the previous day held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress. (Associated Press)

    Egypt's government sets priorities after charter

    Egypt's government asked parliament Wednesday to prioritize legislation to organize parliamentary elections, regulate the media and fight corruption as the upper chamber held its first session with temporary new powers granted by the constitution.


  • Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

    Egypt's newly empowered parliament chamber to meet

    Egypt's president ordered parliament's upper chamber to convene after the release of official results of a referendum on an Islamist-backed constitution that gives temporary legislative powers to the traditionally toothless chamber.


  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 15, 2010, file photograph, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon. Mashaal won't seek re-election, Hamas announced Saturday, paving the way for a leadership contest and possible struggle over the ideological direction of the Islamic militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    Longtime Hamas leader Mashaal asks to quit

    Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has decided not to seek another term, the movement said Saturday, paving the way for a possible leadership contest at a time when the anti-Israeli Islamic group faces far-reaching decisions on whether to stay the course of militancy or moderate.


  • World Briefs

    Manila residents waded through waist-deep floodwaters and dodged flying debris Tuesday as a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines, killing at least 16 people and sending waves as tall as palm trees crashing over seawalls.


  • ** FILE ** Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah performs Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in September 2010.  (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

    Saudi king allows women to vote in local elections

    Saudi King Abdullah announced Sunday that the nation's women will gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections to be held in 2015 in a major advancement for the rights of women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.


  • King allows women to vote, run in elections

    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA | Saudi King Abdullah announced Sunday that the nation's women will gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections to be held in 2015 in a major advancement for the rights of women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.


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