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Egypt: Massive Protest Building In Tahrir Square After Days Of Bloody Crackdown

Activists have called for a mass showing in Cairo's central square on Tuesday to call for the ouster of Egypt's military leadership. The Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, has said it will not participat

Two protesters in Tahrir Square on Monday (lilianwagdy)
Two protesters in Tahrir Square on Monday (lilianwagdy)

CAIRO - Crowds of protesters have taken to Tahrir Square since Tuesday morning in preparation for a massive demonstration to demand the military hand over power to civilians. Thousands spent the night in the square in central Cairo, which has been the focal point of protests since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

A number of political groups called for a mass protest on Tuesday in Tahrir and other venues to urge the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to hand over power to a national salvation government.

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Unpacking Why Belarus Will Or Won't Join The War Against Ukraine

Analysts have closely followed whether Belarus, a loyal Kremlin ally, will invade its neighbor. But even though the Belarusian president toes the Kremlin line, he is unlikely to want to get in over his head in Ukraine.

At the Kremlin during the recent Collective Security Treaty Organization Summit meeting . Lukashenko is directly behind Putin.

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KYIV — For several months, Belarusian troops have been conducting regular training exercises, particularly in the regions bordering Ukraine. Combined with the specific statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, this raises logical fears about the direct involvement of the Belarusian army in the war.

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