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Electoral committee begins vetting Shoura Council candidates

CAIRO: The Supreme Electoral Commission overseeing the upcoming Shoura Council elections began the vetting process Monday for the applications of potential candidates. Chairman of the commission Intisar Nessim, who is also head of the Cairo Appeals Court, said that the vetting process would continue until Thursday. Candidates submit their application to the 11-member committee — …

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Former Brotherhood MP arrested in Beheira

CAIRO: Authorities arrested Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leader Gamal Heshmat along with another group member Osama Suleiman on the outskirts of Damanhour in the governorate of Beheira Monday evening. The two MB members were taken at two separate checkpoints while they were in their cars. Their current whereabouts are not known and no reason was given …

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President's Labor Day speech delayed for health reasons, says report

CAIRO: The annual Labor Day speech by President Hosni Mubarak was delayed until further notice due to his weak health, news portal Masrawy.com reported Monday. Mubarak has remained in Sharm El-Sheikh for convalescence ever since his return in late March following gall bladder surgery in Germany. The report indicated that the presidential office had refused …

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Hezbollah cell defendants get between 6 months and 15 years

CAIRO: The Supreme State Security Emergency Court on Wednesday found guilty 26 defendants accused of belonging to a Hezbollah cell in Egypt. The 22 defendants in custody were handed down sentences ranging from six months to 15 years. Out of the four being tried in absentia, three received life sentences, including Hezbollah commander Mohamed Qublan, …

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Examination of case evidence in Tamim trial Tuesday

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court will examine the case evidence of the Suzan Tamim murder trial Tuesday after the retrial of the defendants Mohsen Al-Sukkari and Hisham Talaat Moustafa began Monday. The court intends to examine the evidence pertaining to the case in a session closed to the press and relatives of the defendants, where …

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Democratic Front Party calls for elections boycott in absence of reform

CAIRO: The Democratic Front Party called for a boycott of all upcoming elections in Egypt if demands for constitutional and political reform are not met, a decision made by the party’s higher committee during its meeting last Friday. The party’s media spokesman Hossam Al-Amir told Daily News Egypt Monday that the decision was taken within …

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State Council to hear Gaza wall case today

CAIRO: The State Council will hear today the resumption of the case brought by activists against the building of an underground barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip and the continued closure of the Rafah border crossing. Egypt began building the new underground barrier earlier this year, but only publicly admitted doing after pressure …

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Egypt briefly closes Rafah border over fears of a terrorist threat

CAIRO: Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing Wednesday a day after Israel issued an alert to its citizens in Sinai requesting them to return immediately. However, later on in the day it reopened the crossing to wounded Palestinians and stated that it would remain open until Thursday as had been previously scheduled. Israel had issued …

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ElBaradei criticizes underground Gaza barrier

CAIRO: Head of the National Coalition for Change Mohamed ElBaradei criticized the building of a steel barrier beneath the border between Egypt and Gaza, saying it has harmed Egypt’s reputation. In an interview with the Palestine Information Center Monday, the former IAEA chief said that the building of the underground wall is perceived as Egyptian …

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FM denies Egypt involvement in arrest of ElBaradei supporters in Kuwait

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit refuted allegations that there was any Egyptian involvement in the arrest and subsequent deportation of supporters of Mohamed ElBaradei in Kuwait. His statements were given Sunday before heading to Washington to attend a nuclear summit. Aboul Gheit said these allegations were “refused, unacceptable and irresponsible. He added that the …

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Muslim Brotherhood leaders due for release on bail today

CAIRO: Sixteen Muslim Brotherhood (MB) detainees are expected to be released today after they posted bail Tuesday at the State Security Prosecution office after a court ruled they should no longer be detained. Among the detainees are Deputy Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat and members of the group’s ruling Guidance Office, Essam El-Erian, Abdel-Rahman El-Barr and …

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Board to vote on Islam Online's possible move to Qatar

CAIRO: The board of Qatar’s Al-Balagh Foundation is expected to vote on whether to keep the Islam Online (IOL) office in Egypt or move it to Doha within 15 days. IOL staff continued their strike, which began last Monday, and conducted their Friday prayers at IOL premises in Sixth of October city. Employees are conducting …

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Newspaper in hot water over reports of Wafd-NDP deal

CAIRO: Al-Wafd party is taking legal action against Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper for what it considers the publication of false information regarding reports of the opposition party striking a covert deal with the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) to secure seats in the next parliamentary elections. Head of Al-Wafd Mahmoud Abaza told satellite television program “90 …

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Islam Online sit-in continues after mass resignation

CAIRO: Employees of the Islam Online (IOL) website continued their sit-in for the third day running at their Sixth of October offices, demanding their settlement packages after the majority of them submitted their resignation. A source from IOL who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “Qatar has reneged on the deal for the severance packages. …

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Over 300 Islam Online employees resign

CAIRO: The majority of Islam Online (IOL) Egypt’s 330 staff submitted their resignation following a two-day sit-in spurred by warnings of mass lay-offs and employee investigations by the website’s Qatari owner. The sit-in, at IOL’s Egypt headquarters in Sixth of October City, continued for the second day Tuesday after staff at the Cairo office were …

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NDP denies deal with opposition to exclude ElBaradei, Brotherhood

CAIRO: The National Democratic Party (NDP) has denied accusations of a secret deal struck with certain opposition parties to divide the Muslim Brotherhood’s current parliamentary seats amongst them and to ignore the presidential ambitions of former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei. Al-Shorouk newspaper quoted an unnamed senior NDP source as refuting claims that a deal had …

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Next Arab League head will be Egyptian, says Aboul Gheit

CAIRO: The next Secretary General of the Arab League will also be Egyptian because the headquarters are in Cairo, said Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. In an interview with terrestrial Channel One Thursday, Aboul Gheit said that an Egyptian will replace current head Amr Moussa after his second term expires next year, adding that there …

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Head of Al-Azhar Tantawi dies in Saudi Arabia, buried in Medina

CAIRO: Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawi died in Saudi Arabia Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in the King Khaled airport in Riyadh. He was 81. Tantawi was in Riyadh to attend this year’s prize-giving ceremony of the King Faisal World Awards for the service of Islam. He is to be buried in …

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Synagogue attack suspect detained for further 15 days

CAIRO: The detention of a suspect accused of the botched firebomb attack on a Downtown Cairo synagogue on Feb. 21 was extended for 15 days pending further investigations. State Security Public Prosecutor Hisham Badawi extended the detention of Gamal Hussein Ahmed, 49, who is accused of carrying out the attack which resulted in a small …

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Biden wading in ME peace process and talks on Iran

CAIRO: US Vice-President Joe Biden began a five-day tour of the Middle East yesterday to push for Palestinian-Israeli peace talks but a proposed visit to Egypt was postponed due to President Hosni Mubarak’s surgery in Germany. Mubarak underwent surgery in Germany last Saturday to have his gall bladder removed and remains there, thus a meeting …

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PA immunity lifted from Talaat El-Sadat for bribery charges

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) has lifted parliamentary immunity from independent MP Talaat El-Sadat due to charges of bribery brought against him by the State Security Prosecution Office. The Ministry of Justice had requested from PA speaker Fathi Sorour to lift El-Sadat’s immunity since he is under investigation into charges that he had received a …

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Mubaraks respond to Baradei emergence

CAIRO: Both President Hosni Mubarak and his son Gamal have spoken recently about the emergence of former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei as a potential political opponent. Mubarak was in Germany for medical tests and was asked about whether he considered ElBaradei a national hero, to which he responded that Egypt “does not need a new …

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Leftist party wary of ElBaradei over Israel, economic policy

CAIRO: The leftist Tagammu Party said it has not pitched its support behind Mohamed ElBaradei’s reform attempts because of concerns regarding his economic policy and position on Israel. The Tagammu was one of three major opposition parties which did not meet with ElBaradei during his visit to Cairo and did not sign up to the …

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Death sentence overturned, retrial ordered in Tamim murder case

CAIRO: The Cairo Cassation Court overturned the death verdict and ordered the retrial of Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Mohsen Al-Sukkari Thursday for the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim. The courtroom broke out in loud cheers as head of the Cassation Court Adel Abdel-Hamid announced that the appeals filed by both Moustafa and Al-Sukkari had …

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