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Mubarak and Adly defend Gaza wall on Police Day

CAIRO: Both President Hosni Mubarak and Interior Minister Habib El-Adly defended Egypt’s decision to build an underground wall on the border with Gaza Sunday. Mubarak was speaking on the occasion of Police Day, the first time it is declared a national holiday. El-Adly also spoke Sunday night on the terrestrial television show “Hadith El-Medina (Talk …

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Floods destroyed 1,246 homes, says Aswan governor

CAIRO: Flash floods and rains that decimated 1,246 homes in Aswan have finally subsided, governor Mustapha Al-Sayed said Sunday. At least 15 people were killed in the floods that occurred last week, mainly in Aswan and Sinai but also in Qena and the Red Sea, while thousands of homes were completely or partially destroyed especially …

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'We gave ample warning of floods,' says meteorological body

CAIRO: The Egyptian Meteorological Authority said it sent sufficient warning to the governors of Aswan, North and South Sinai about the recent floods that destroyed large swathes of land in those areas and claimed at least 15 lives. The Authority’s spokesman, Ali Qotb, told “El-Beit Beitak television show Wednesday evening that he had faxed the …

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Egypt floods claim 15 lives until now

CAIRO: Floods in several parts of Egypt have claimed the lives of 15 people in the past four days and left a trail of destroyed houses in its wake. On Wednesday the body of a policeman was discovered in North Sinai after he was killed by the flash floods. The body of Eid Salah Ramadan, …

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11 deaths in Aswan and Sinai as flooding continues

CAIRO: The number of confirmed deaths in Egypt as a result of the recent floods has reached 11 Egyptians and a British tourist. There are at least 13 injured and a number of people missing since the flooding began Sunday night. Torrential rain leading to floods hit the five governorates of North and South Sinai, …

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Four dead in Sinai floods

CAIRO/EL-TOR: Four people died, 13 were injured and dozens went missing as a result of flooding caused by heavy rain in Central Sinai Sunday night and Monday. The area of Wadi El-Amr, near Al-Oja Crossing, was the hardest hit, and entire villages in the area have been evacuated. Electricity has been cut in the most …

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No incitement in Nagaa Hammadi murders, says General Prosecutor

CAIRO: There was no incitement behind the Nagaa Hammadi murders, according to General Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud as he referred the three suspects to the Emergency Supreme State Security Court in Qena Saturday. In a statement, Mahmoud stressed that there was no mastermind behind the attacks and no involvement aside from the three perpetrators. This comes …

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New Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide to be announced today

CAIRO: The new Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is to be announced at a press conference today. The new chairman will replace outgoing leader Mohamed Mahdi Akef and will have to preside over a schism within the group erupting from the fallout of the appointments of the new Guidance Office as well as …

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European parliament delegation to visit Gaza

CAIRO: Fifty European MPs from 12 different countries are scheduled to visit the Gaza Strip today via the Rafah border crossing in a trip organized by the European Campaign to End the Seige on Gaza. The delegation, after having criticized the foreign ministry for procrastinating the coordination of the visit, finally announced that they had …

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Authorities to reconsider status of Sinai Bedouin detainees

CAIRO: State officials in North Sinai have told Bedouin tribal leaders they are willing to reconsider the status of detained tribesmen as well as those who have been charged in absentia. Almost 1,000 Sinai Bedouins are currently detained for various offences, mainly arrested in crackdowns in the wake of terrorist bombings in Sinai in 2005 …

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'We know the names of the border guard killers,' says FM

CAIRO: Egypt claims to have uncovered the identity of the snipers that killed Egyptian border guard Ahmed Shaaban and will request that Hamas arrest them, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told the press Monday. “We know their names and we shall request that they be apprehended, he said, “and we shall see how Hamas deals …

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Israel border fence does not concern us, says Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt has stated that an Israeli decision to build a high-tech barrier fence along its border with Egypt was something that concerned Israel alone, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said. “It is an Israeli matter, Zaki retorted when asked about plans to build a new barrier along the 210 km border it shares with …

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MP Talaat El-Sadat resigns from PA National Security and Defense Committee

CAIRO: Independent MP Talaat El-Sadat has submitted his resignation from the People’s Assembly (PA) National Security and Defense Committee in a written memo to house Speaker Fathi Sorour. El-Sadat said that the committee’s discussion of the construction of the new underground barrier between Egypt and Gaza and the reaction of MPs from the ruling National …

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Egypt declares Galloway persona non grata

CAIRO: British Respect MP George Galloway was deported from Egypt Friday upon his return from Gaza and declared persona non grata, according to the Foreign Ministry. “George Galloway is considered persona non grata and will not be allowed to enter into Egypt again, a Foreign Ministry statement said. Galloway left for Britain Friday morning after …

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Egypt mulls importing gas from Iraq to cover local demand

CAIRO: The Ministry of Petroleum is considering whether to import natural gas from Iraq to cover local demand, Minister Sameh Fahmy reportedly told the energy committee of the ruling National Democratic Party last week. Sources said that Fahmy told the committee that the Iraqi gas could flow through the pipeline that Egypt currently uses to …

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Calm returns to Rafah border after violence leaves Egyptian dead

CAIRO: Calm returned to the Egypt-Gaza border Thursday after clashes between Palestinian protesters and Egyptian border guards left one guard, 22-year-old Ahmed Shaaban dead, and nine injured from both sides. The protests were preceded by earlier protests in Al-Arish between security forces and members of the Viva Palestina convoy. The conflict started Tuesday night when …

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Viva Palestina convoy arrives in Egypt after long delay

CAIRO: The Viva Palestina convoy intended for the Gaza Strip finally docked in the port of Al-Arish some 40 km away from the Rafah border crossing after a protracted delay due to a disagreement over its appropriate landing destination between convoy members and the Egyptian government. The Lifeline 3 convoy – comprising some 150 vehicles …

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Activists continue attempts to reach Gaza

CAIRO: In Cairo, Al-Arish and Aqaba in Jordan, activists from all over the world continued their attempts to reach the Gaza Strip, whether to transport aid or to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli offensive on Gaza. There was an end to the impasse of the Viva Palestina convoy, stuck in Aqaba since Tuesday. …

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Gaza activists begin hunger strike as they await entry into Egypt

CAIRO: Members of the Viva Palestina convoy stuck at the Gulf of Aqaba began a hunger strike to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli offensive on Gaza as they awaited entry into Egypt. Fifteen people from the convoy began the hunger strike at 11:35 am Jordan time to mark the exact moment when Israel …

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Egypt refusing permission for Gaza convoy to dock in Nuweiba

CAIRO: Egypt has continued to refuse permission for the Gaza aid convoy headed by British MP George Galloway to dock in the port of Nuweiba, insisting that it must head by sea to the port at the city of Al-Arish. The third edition of the Viva Palestina convoy, named Lifeline 3, is currently in Jordan …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: 2009: The reemergence of terrorism in Egypt

After a calm 2008, this year saw the reemergence of terrorist incidents and alleged terror cells operating on Egyptian soil, but to a much lesser extent than the mid-1990s. Al-Hussein bombing The most tragic incident occurred Feb. 22 when a rudimentary device exploded in the tourist area of Khan El-Khalili near Al-Hussein Mosque that caused …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Despite setbacks, gas campaign vows to go on

Despite a series of setbacks in Egypt’s courts in 2009, the Popular Campaign to Prevent the Export of Egyptian Natural Gas vowed to continue its opposition to the sale of gas, especially to Israel. The campaign had claimed a victory at the tail end of 2008 when the Cairo Administrative Court ruled in November of …

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