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ElBaradei makes seven demands for political reform

CAIRO: Seven conditions need to be met to ensure free presidential elections in 2011 and a democratic future, said Mohamed ElBaradei in a statement under the banner of the newly-formed National Coalition for Change. The coalition is an umbrella made up of opposition movements and parties in Cairo and led by ElBaradei, though its coordinator …

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Brotherhood lawyer feels group detainees release imminent

CAIRO: The high ranking members of the Muslim Brotherhood currently detained by State Security will be kept behind bars for as long as possible but they will not be charged and will eventually be released, the group’s lawyer predicted. “The investigations are finished and they should be released but because it is a politically-motivated case …

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Arab Socialist Party denies it is part of anti-ElBaradei bloc

CAIRO: Head of the Arab Socialist Party Wahid Al-Aqsari told Daily News Egypt Sunday that his party had no connection with what is known as the ‘Opposition Parties Bloc’ opposed to potential presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei. A report in the state-run Al-Ahram daily said that a number of opposition parties had announced a formation of …

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Four opposition parties form coalition away from Baradei

CAIRO: Four of Egypt’s opposition parties will hold a conference next month to discuss the country’s political future, specifically how to amend the constitution to free up political participation. The three-day conference will begin March 13, according to Al-Wafd party’s Secretary General Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm. Three of the four parties involved in …

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ElBaradei forms National Association for Change with Egyptian opposition

CAIRO: In cooperation with the majority of Egypt’s opposition, political hopeful and former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei formed the National Association for Change, the vehicle through which they will attempt to agitate for political change in the country. Meeting at his home Tuesday evening, practically all opposition groups and movements were represented with the exception …

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Verdict in Hezbollah cell case set for April 28

CAIRO: The Supreme State Security Emergency Court has set April 28 as the date when the final verdict on the Hezbollah cell case will be issued, marking the fate of 26 people accused of operating a terrorist cell in Egypt under orders from the Lebanese Shia group. “We are hoping for the innocence of the …

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Sinai Bedouins condemn negative media images

CAIRO: Representatives of the Bedouin tribes in North Sinai held a press conference Monday evening to respond to what they deemed was negative coverage by the foreign press. Organized by the Popular Committee for the Rights of Sinai Citizens, and including representatives from prominent tribes in the area like the Tarabin and Sawarkeh, the press …

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Rafah crossing to open next week

CAIRO: Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip from Monday till Wednesday, the MENA news agency reported. The crossing will be opened in both directions for humanitarian cases – those seeking or returning from treatment in Egypt – as well as Palestinian students studying abroad and holders of other nationalities. It …

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'I want to be an instrument of change in Egypt,' says Baradei

CAIRO: Stopping short of an outright announcement of his intention to run in the 2011 presidential elections, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei told Orbit’s Amr Adib that he hoped to be an instrument of change for Egypt. In an interview televised Saturday evening but filmed in Vienna before ElBaradei’s arrival …

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People of Darfur between shattered lives and government spin

DARFUR/CAIRO: With peace negotiations moving along, the Sudanese government is claiming that stability has returned to Darfur, but whether that holds true for all its people remains to be seen. On a trip accompanying the Arab League to the war-torn region on Feb. 13, Egyptian and foreign press were exposed to a carefully stage-managed presentation …

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New Israeli ambassador arrives in Cairo

CAIRO: Israel’s new nominee for ambassador to Egypt arrived in Cairo Monday to replace Israel’s former ambassador, who resigned at his term’s end last week. Yitzhak Levanon, whose appointment has not yet been confirmed, previously served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and also directed the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Arab Media Division. Levanon, who …

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Arab League holds extraordinary session, kicks off Darfur projects

DARFUR: The Arab League (AL) coordinates with all political forces in Sudan and not just the government in Khartoum, Secretary General Amr Moussa told Daily News Egypt. During the League s visit Saturday and Sunday, projects were inaugurated in Jeninah in West Darfur as well as in Niyala, during which time it held an extraordinary …

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Qandil denies comments on foreign funding of April 6 Movement

CAIRO: Abdel-Halim Qandil, coordinator of the Kefaya movement for change, denied to Daily News Egypt reports claiming that he accused the April 6 Movement and some opposition parties of being funded by the American secret service. Reports had emerged last week that Qandil had accused the April 6 Movement and opposition parties Al-Ghad and the …

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MP warns Ghali of possible assassination

CAIRO: The policies of Finance Minister Yousef Boutros Ghali pose a threat to security and may lead to his assassination, said a parliamentarian this week in an astonishing broadside. Mohamed Abdel-Fatah Omar, deputy of the national security and defense committee of the People’s Assembly (PA), was called to the meeting of the health committee Tuesday …

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Electricity minister in turnaround over nuclear site

CAIRO: In a strange turn of events, Minister of Electricity Hassan Younis denied reports claiming that Egypt’s first nuclear power plant would be in Dabba, telling the Shoura Council Monday that its location has yet to be decided. Younis said that the site for the power plant was still under consideration and would be announced …

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Prominent Muslim Brotherhood members arrested in dawn crackdown

CAIRO: Prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood including its Deputy Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat and members of its Guidance Office were arrested in raids before dawn on Monday. Along with the newly appointed Ezzat, newly appointed members to the Guidance Office Essam El-Erian and Abdurahman Al-Barr were also taken, as well as group leaders from …

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Arab Contractors security guard injured in Rafah shootout

CAIRO: A security guard working for the Arab Contractors Company was wounded in a random shootout Saturday afternoon in the Safa neighborhood of Rafah near Egypt’s border with Gaza. Ahmed Fathi, 21, was shot in the leg and transferred to Al-Arish Hospital for treatment. He was hit by a number of assailants in a private …

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Egypt urges Israel and Syria to stop war of words

CAIRO: Egypt has called a recent war of words between Israel and Syria and the possibility of any war in the region as “a cause for grave concern and must stop, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Friday. Calling for restraint, Aboul Gheit added that Egypt objected to the tone of Israeli officials insinuating war …

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Tamim murder appeal postponed to March

CAIRO: Egypt’s Court of Cassation decided Thursday to postpone till March 4 the appeal decision in the case of Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Mohsen Al-Sukkari, the two men indicted for the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim. Both Moustafa and Al-Sukkari were given the death sentence in May 2009 in the initial murder trial. The …

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Four deaths in tumultuous day for Sinai and Gaza

CAIRo: In a tumultuous 24 hours in Sinai and the Gaza Strip near the border, four people died in three separate incidents and at least seven others were injured. Additionally, eight prisoners escaped after their transport vehicle came under attack. A Sudanese migrant died Tuesday night in the first of the incidents when clashes broke …

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If a summer is worth repeating

From the wraparound nostalgia of youth and its rose-tinted memories arises a drive to recapture the essence of a moment; hence the return to a specific place might bring you closer to that time. And if not, then it necessitates another return, and another, until you retrace all the footsteps of the past, getting further …

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Former housing minister resigns from PA, faces investigation

CAIRO: Former Housing Minister and current National Democratic Party (NDP) MP Mohamed Ibrahim Suleiman resigned his seat in the People’s Assembly (PA) and is facing an investigation into alleged profiteering during his tenure as minister. House Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour also announced during Monday’s PA session that the State Council had annulled the decision to …

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Nuclear site source of tension within NDP, says report

CAIRO: According to local newspaper reports, a certain coterie of businessmen from the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) are still attempting to agitate for the relocation of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant from its chosen location in Dabba. Dabba is to be announced soon as the site for the nuclear plant because it satisfies all …

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Nagaa Hammadi isolated incident not sectarian, PA Speaker tells BBC

CAIRO: People’s Assembly (PA) Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour claimed that the Nagaa Hammadi shooting earlier this month was not indicative of sectarian strife in Egypt, but was an isolated criminal incident. In an interview with BBC Arabic Saturday, Sorour said that the incident was not fuelled by sectarian tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Christians, citing …

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US religious commission visit to Upper Egypt cancelled

CAIRO: The delegation of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom cancelled a proposed trip to Upper Egypt due to sensitivities in the wake of the Nagaa Hammadi Jan. 6 shootings. The foreign ministry sent a letter to the Shoura Council explaining that they had requested from the US Embassy to intervene regarding the visit, …

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Egypt still involved in secret detentions, says UN report

CAIRO: Egypt is among a host of countries including the US that is still involved in secret detentions of terrorism suspects around the world, according to a UN report. The report, due to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March, stated that these countries had been continuing the practice of secret detentions …

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I don't want to be President of Egypt, says ElBaradei

CAIRO: Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei unequivocally stated that he does not want to become president of Egypt in an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine published Tuesday. “I don t want to be president of Egypt, he said. “I have a lot of plans other than being president of Egypt . However . a lot …

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