19th-26th July

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to list the military wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.The move required the agreement of all 28 of the EU’s member states.

More than 100,000 people have now been killed in more than two years of conflict in Syria, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said, as he appealed for new efforts to convene a peace conference.Ban on Thursday called on the Syrian government and opposition to halt the violence, saying it was « imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible ».The secretary-general spoke before talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who stood nearby.

The Tunisian authorities must deliver justice to stem a worrying tide of political violence, Amnesty International said after Mohamed Brahmi was shot dead outside his home in Tunis today.

Tunisia’s main trade union federation (UGTT) called for a general strike, Friday, July 26, after the assassination of opposition member (left wing) ,Mohamed Brahmi shot on Thursday near Tunis.

The Egyptian army has warned it will use force against any group resorting to violence during rival rallies planned for Friday.Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called on people to take to the streets to give the military a mandate to confront « terrorism ».Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are also expected to demonstrate to demand his reinstatement.

In Egypt, a country that is terribly polarised and dangerously tense, facts get in the way.Each side claims their own truths and denies the legitimacy of others, dismissing them as fanatics or sell-outs. The Egyptian parties are busy demonising each other and in the process are turning the dream of better governance into a nightmare of horror and violence.