Official: 'Intense' talks in Egypt over NGO standoff
Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the offices of the National Democratic Institute in Cairo.
February 25th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Official: 'Intense' talks in Egypt over NGO standoff

By Elise Labott

The United States is having "intense discussions" with the Egyptian government to resolve the case of 16 American overseas aid workers facing charges as part of an Egyptian crackdown on nongovernmental organizations, a senior administration official said Saturday.

"As we have been for some weeks, we are involved with intense discussions with the government of Egypt to try to resolve this situation with the NGOs in the coming days," the official told reporters.

The Americans are among 43 people accused in a case involving foreign funding. They are scheduled to appear in a criminal court Sunday, a spokesman for the Egyptian general prosecutor's office said.


February 25th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Rare glimpse of Homs fighting

A freelance cameraman who visited Homs recently put together a video that provides a rare glimpse of life in the embattled city and an even rarer close-up of the opposition movement in Syria.

In the video, portions of which CNN aired Friday, the opposition appears organized, their members communicating by walkie-talkie and engaging in fierce fighting. Casualties are taken via minibus to a makeshift field hospital, where they are placed on thin mats on the floor. "My eye! My eye!" shouts one man whose eye had been targeted by a bullet.

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Filed under: Free Syrian Army • Middle East • Syria
Clinton predicts Obama re-election; urges Tunisians to ignore campaign rhetoric
February 25th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Clinton predicts Obama re-election; urges Tunisians to ignore campaign rhetoric

By Kevin Liptak

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sounded a confident note on her boss' reelection prospects in Tunisia Saturday, telling a group of Arab students President Barack Obama would be president for another four years.

"He will be re-elected president,"Clinton said in Tunis. "I think that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values area and what our president believes."

Clinton was responding to a question from a Tunisian student named Ivan, who asked about the staunch pro-Israel stance nearly every American politician, both Republican and Democrat, espouse when they're running for office.

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Filed under: Diplomacy • Hillary Clinton • Middle East • Tunisia
February 25th, 2012
09:52 AM ET

American officers killed in Afghan ministry

By Nick Paton Walsh, with reporting from Barbara Starr and Masoud Popalzai

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday inside the Afghan interior ministry that killed at least two American officers.

NATO and Afghan officials reported the deaths of two American officers inside the ministry in Kabul, prompting Gen. John Allen to order all military advisers with the International Security Assistance Force to withdraw from government ministries in the Afghan capital as a safety precaution, according to a U.S. official.

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