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20 Bedouins released from emergency jails including activist Abu Nusseirah

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior approved Sunday release orders for 20 Bedouins held under the emergency law, including rights activist Yehia Abu Nusseirah. The latest batch of released detainees has meant that over 100 Bedouins being held under the emergency law have been released so far, after the ministry made overtures of resolving long-standing issues …

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Netanyahu, Abbas meetings delayed but Egypt denies Mubarak health rumors

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak’s meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have again been pushed back to next week but speculation that this is due to Mubarak’s health has been officially denied. Mubarak and Netanyahu were due to meet Tuesday. This was then pushed to Wednesday and finally to …

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Bedouin dissident Mussad Abu Fagr released

CAIRO: Bedouin activist Mussad Abu Fagr was released from detention Tuesday after almost three years behind bars under the emergency law despite around 20 court rulings ordering his release. In an attempt to placate Bedouin anger, the state has begun releasing detainees held under the emergency law. Around 70 have been released so far but …

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Sinai border guard injured in shootout with smugglers

CAIRO: A border guard was injured during a shootout with smugglers in Sinai Sunday evening, 21 km south of the Rafah border crossing. Ayman Mohamed Abdel-Fatah, 23, was shot in the back during the standoff with a group of alleged smugglers who were trying to infiltrate the border into Israel. He was taken to Al-Arish …

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Moussa tells Blair credibility of peace negotiations almost lost

CAIRO: In a broadside that reflected Arab frustration at the lack of progress in the peace process, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa hit out at the "credibility" of the international community’s dealings with both sides during a press conference with Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair. Speaking in Cairo Wednesday, Moussa said that the …

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Public prosecutor shelves Wafd complaint against Al-Masry Al-Youm

CAIRO: Public Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud decided to shelf the complaint submitted by former Al Wafd party leader Mahmoud Abaza against Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper over reports alleging that his party had struck a secret deal with the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The independent daily had reported that the NDP struck …

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Gaza wall case referred to state authority for legal opinion

CAIRO: The State Council decided Monday to refer the lawsuit against the building of the Gaza underground barrier to the State Case Authority before rescheduling the next session for Sept. 21. A verdict on the lawsuit, filed by former diplomat Ibrahim Yousri, was expected on Monday’s session but instead the State Council’s Administrative Court decided …

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Local officials meet Bedouins in Central Sinai to calm tensions

CAIRO: Local government officials met with Bedouin representatives in Central Sinai Monday in further attempts to calm simmering tensions between security forces and residents of the area in the past few weeks. Shootouts had erupted recently between the two sides as a result of security raids on the town of Wadi Amr and surrounding areas …

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Admin court says judgment of Article 76 not within its remit

CAIRO: The State Council Administrative Court refused Tuesday to review a lawsuit against the provisions of Article 76 of the constitution that governs the eligibility of presidential candidates, stating that it was not within its remit. Member of Parliament Mohamed El-Omda had filed the suit claiming that a court order should review the article to …

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Bedouin delegation to meet Interior Minister to calm Sinai tensions

CAIRO: A delegation from Sinai’s Bedouin tribes is expected to meet with the Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adly this week in an effort to diffuse tensions between state forces and Bedouins in Sinai. The proposed meeting comes after a week that saw two incidents of clashes between Bedouins and security forces in the Wadi Amr …

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NDP achieved its goals in Shoura Council elections, says Mubarak

CAIRO: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) achieved its aims in this month’s Shoura Council elections and is preparing for the upcoming People’s Assembly elections in October, President Hosni Mubarak said Wednesday while meeting his party’s new and continuing members of the council. Mubarak gave a speech to the Shoura Council members of his party’s …

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Sudan, Egypt look to patch up diplomatic dispute

CAIRO: Sudan and Egypt are attempting to avert a diplomatic tiff after Sudan’s new foreign minister criticized Egypt’s lack of involvement in Sudan and the paucity of its knowledge about Sudanese affairs. Newly appointed Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti had allegedly stated that Egypt’s role in Sudan was “weak” and that the Egyptian approach to …

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Shootout at Al-Oja border crossing road leads to its closure

CAIRO: A shootout on the road leading to Al-Oja crossing in Sinai on Monday between security forces and armed Bedouins caused injuries to at least two passersby. After security forces raided the village of Wadi Amr near the crossing at dawn in search of Bedouins wanted by the state or tried in absentia, a group …

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Israeli border guards kill Egyptian believed to be smuggler

CAIRO: Israeli soldiers at the border with Egypt shot and killed an Egyptian man Wednesday who is believed to be a smuggler. The body was discovered by Egyptian border guards early Wednesday at the 82nd marker of the Egypt-Israel border near the city of Taba. There was no identification on the deceased man, who had …

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Congo and Burundi expected to sign new Nile water treaty

CAIRO: Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to sign the Nile Cooperative Framework Agreement that Egypt and Sudan are opposed to and have refused to recognize. DRC and Burundi are the last two countries remaining yet to sign the new treaty after Kenya signed up to the agreement a few weeks …

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PA appoints members of presidential election committee

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly has approved members chosen to head the Supreme Electoral Committee for a five-year term which will oversee the 2011 presidential elections. The appointees will assume their post for the mandated five years starting July 5. The appointment of such a committee comes after the removal of judicial supervision on elections in …

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Violations reported in Shoura Council elections

CAIRO: The Shoura Council elections took place Tuesday amidst reports of violations by opposition candidates and rights groups regarding the voting process, with most complaints coming from Muslim Brotherhood candidates. Reports of violations were submitted from several constituencies in numerous governorates, including Daqahliya, Menufiya and Alexandria. While the majority of complaints concerned Muslim Brotherhood candidates, …

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Gaza Fleet of Freedom wants to dock in Arish port

CAIRO: International aid convoy “Fleet of Freedom” wants to dock at Al-Arish port and enter Gaza via the border crossings with Egypt despite Israeli threats to intercept the group before it reaches regional waters. The Fleet of Freedom is composed of nine ships: three from Turkey, two from the UK and one each from Greece, …

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Egyptian arrested for trying to sneak into Gaza

CAIRO: Border guards in Rafah arrested a man in the early hours of Tuesday morning as he attempted to infiltrate the border into the Gaza Strip. The man was identified as Mohamed Karam Shehata, from Beheira, who allegedly was fleeing domestic troubles. Security authorities at the border said that he was suffering from mental illness. …

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Mubarak wades into Nile water issue

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak waded into the Nile water sharing issue Sunday when he hosted the Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Congolese President Joseph Kabila, two countries that have either already signed or are expected to sign a water-sharing agreement without Egypt. Odinga also met with Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif Monday, in his capacity …

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Egypt moves Nile basin file to National Security Authority

CAIRO: Responsibility for the Nile issue had been taken from the Irrigation and Foreign ministries and handed over to the National Security Authority headed by Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman when Egyptian diplomatic efforts against the new Nile basin treaty failed, news portal Masrawy reported Wednesday. The reason for the handover is the inauguration of the …

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Hamas denies reports that Egypt has severed relations with it

CAIRO: Hamas has denied reports emanating from Cairo that Egypt has severed relations with the Islamist group, but stated its objection to recent practices against the blockaded Gaza Strip. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri (whose brother Yousef died in an Egyptian jail last year) said in a statement Monday that Egypt had not officially informed …

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Egypt to begin PR offensive against Nile Water treaty

CAIRO: Egypt is to begin a public relations initiative in the West in an attempt to bring the international community on board regarding its rights to the Nile water after four Nile basin countries signed a new treaty excluding Egypt and Sudan. A diplomatic effort will be launched in the coming days. Delegates to the …

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Government champions new emergency law, opposition criticize extension

CAIRO: The Egyptian government championed the new version of the emergency law recently passed through parliament while the opposition derided it as cosmetic change which would not change facts on the ground. The emergency law was extended for two years in a parliamentary vote Tuesday after a presidential decree was released calling for the extension …

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