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What we are reading - March 12, 2012

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11 March 2012

Female members of Hizb Ettahrir meet in Tunisia calling for Islamic Caliphate Tunisia Live, Sana Ajm

Hundreds of women gathered at the first international conference of Hizb Ettahrir in Tunis today. Entitled “Caliphate: A shining model for women’s rights and political role,” the summit addressed the shortcomings of liberal democracies with regard to women’s rights.

Annan ends Syria trip with no deal Egypt Independent

International envoy and former UN chief Kofi Annan left Syria Sunday without a deal to end the bloody year-old conflict as regime forces mounted a new assault on rebel strongholds in the north.

Egypt MPs move closer to vote of no confidence in Ganzouri's govt Al Ahram, Gamal Essam El-Din

The majority of deputies in the People's Assembly — Egypt's Islamist-dominated lower house of parliament — have given the thumbs up to putting the government of interim Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri to a vote of confidence.

Hezbollah: U.S. mission in Lebanon running operations against Syria The Daily Star

The deputy head of Hezbollah's Executive Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, accused the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Sunday of running smuggling operations and arming groups against Syria.

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