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Institutional flaws have held the President back

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Staff at the university said there may be some discomfort at having the convicted mass murderer as a student, but they would have to follow the normal applications procedures

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The West African nation of Mali voted in presidential elections on Sunday just 16 months after the country descended into chaos in the wake of a coup led by mid-ranking army officials.

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Tunisia erupts in renewed protests after opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is killed

Killing could derail fragile democracy in birthplace of the Arab Spring

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Showdown in Cairo: Egyptian general demands permission to take on the ‘terrorists’

General Sisi accused of resembling a banana republic dictator in appeal for masses to back ‘terrorist’ crackdown

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'Dead' man elected mayor in Mexico

Relatives forged a death certificate in order to get an arrest warrant dropped

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Tackling this issue is long overdue and will be good for democracy, says watchdog boss

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A black and white Greek movie from the 60s may have been an unusual way to launch Greece's new “Public Television” channel — but with most of the staff from the former public broadcaster still on strike, it was the best they could do.

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Divisions – and defiance – take hold in former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s back yard

A group of village children scampered behind the coffin as it was driven past some mud-brick stables. Inside was the body of Dr Sayeed Abdel Salaam. Until last week he had been a 42-year-old government vet; a father-of-three who gave away much of his money to help local orphans, according to friends. Today he became a statistic – a battered and bloodied victim of the 30 June insurrection.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans and clash with riot police

'This will lead us back to square one': Muslim Brotherhood rejects plans for Egypt elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour

Senior officials from Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood party have formally rejected plans laid out by interim president Adly Mansour for fresh elections next year.

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Egypt unrest: Interim leader Adly Mansour seeks quick elections after bloodshed

Egypt’s interim head of state has set out a tentative timetable for new elections in a bid to curtail the bloodshed gripping the country.

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MPs are undermining public trust in democracy by failing to back tighter controls on lobbying, Parliament’s official sleaze watchdog has warned.

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