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YEAREND SPECIAL: Egypt's opposition groups blighted by internal divisions

Opposition groups in Egypt had arrows slung on them from all sides in a year marked, not only by criticism and crackdowns from the ruling regime, but by differences within themselves and between each other. The Muslim Brotherhood The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition group, though not officially recognized, received heavy blows from the regime …

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Brotherhood to decide on new Supreme Guide

CAIRO: Egypt’s most powerful opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood is currently in the process of appointing new members to its Guidance Office as well as a new Supreme Guide, the current Guide Mohamed Mahdi Akef told Daily News Egypt Sunday. “We are in the process right now of selecting new members to the Guidance Office …

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Five deaths raise swine flu toll to 44

CAIRO: The deaths of five females, one on Friday and four, including one child, late Thursday evening have raised the death toll of the H1N1 virus in Egypt to 44. There were six deaths on Wednesday and early Thursday, bringing the toll to 11 deaths in two days, the highest rate since the onset of …

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PA national security committee criticizes govt. Sinai policy

CAIRO: The defense and national security committee at the People’s Assembly convened Wednesday evening and criticized the government for its policy towards Sinai. Committee members chastised the government for what it perceived to be neglect of the governorate regarding the area’s development and MPs raised questions over the possible reasons for this neglect. Al-Shorouk newspaper …

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146 investigation requests submitted against gov't in PA session

CAIRO: A total of 146 investigation requests were submitted against the government by MPs in a special session of the People’s Assembly (PA) Tuesday evening to set a schedule for the requests. Of these, 128 requests were accepted, but tensions ensued between opposition and independent MPs and members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), …

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Egypt to host Darfur conference next year

CAIRO: Egypt has announced its intention to host a conference for the reconstruction and development of Darfur within the first three months of 2010. Director of the Sudan Affairs department at the Foreign Ministry Mohamed Qassem told the Arab Affairs Committee at the People’s Assembly Tuesday that it had received a request from the unity …

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Israel mulling security fence on Egypt border to halt migration

CAIRO: Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is mulling the construction of a security fence along the border with Egypt to halt smuggling and attempts by African migrants to enter Israel. The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Tuesday that Netanyahu had approved the construction of the security fence after discussions with cabinet members over the increased numbers …

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PA officially approves organ donation law

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) officially approved Saturday a draft law on organ donations and has referred it to the Shoura Council (Parliament’s Upper House) for deliberations. On Saturday, the PA’s health committee and the constitutional and legislative affairs committee signed off on the draft law which has been discussed in parliament for two years. …

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Baradei sets conditions for presidential candidacy

CAIRO: Outgoing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei has set a number of conditions for his mooted presidential candidacy, including international monitoring of elections as well as amendments to Egypt’s constitution. In a statement obtained by local newspapers, ElBaradei said that he would consider running for the 2011 presidential elections but there had to be guarantees regarding …

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Hamas refutes Shalit release rumors

CAIRO: Hamas on Thursday denied regional reports that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had already been released into the care of Egypt. Newspaper reports had stated that Shalit was in Egyptian custody, and would remain so until a deal was finalized between Hamas and Israel over the release of Palestinian prisoners. The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida …

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Egypt prevents Eid food shipment from Gaza due to spoilage

CAIRO: Authorities at the Rafah border crossing prevented some 65 tons of meat donated by the Arab Doctors’ Union from being taken into Gaza Sunday due to spoilage of the meat while being transported. Health officials at the crossing determined that the meat had become unfit for human consumption due to the inadequacy of its …

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Egypt criticizes IAEA resolution on Iran calling it unbalanced

CAIRO: Egypt criticized Saturday a resolution put forward by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) calling for Iran to immediately cease construction on its recently revealed nuclear facility in Qom. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki told reporters Saturday that while Egypt was opposed to Iran keeping the site secret, the resolution was “unbalanced because it …

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Rafah border crossing opened for Palestinian pilgrims

CAIRO: The Rafah border crossing was opened Tuesday to allow some 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims to travel onto Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj in Mecca. The crossing will remain open today as well. Saudi Arabia is sponsoring the pilgrimage of 2,000 Palestinians – half from Gaza and the other half from the West Bank – …

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Shalit release imminent, claim Egyptian and Israeli press

CAIRO: Reports of the imminent release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have cropped up in both the Egyptian and Israeli press. The news portal Masrawy ran a report that claimed that Shalit might be handed to Egypt during or right after the upcoming Eid holiday. The report also stated that a Hamas delegation headed …

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Mubarak wades into Algeria furor in PA inaugural speech

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak waded into the furor surrounding Egypt’s grudge match with Algeria during his speech for the opening of the 2009/10 parliamentary session. Egypt is in uproar over alleged attacks that took place in Khartoum after Algeria defeated Egypt 1-0 last Wednesday to qualify for next year’s World Cup. Egyptian fans attending the …

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Peres to meet Mubarak Sunday

CAIRO: Israeli President Shimon Peres will arrive in Egypt Sunday to hold talks with President Hosni Mubarak. Peres was on a tour of South American countries, which took him to Brazil and Argentina, the first visit by an Israeli president there in 20 years. His visit to Egypt comes in the wake of opposing comments …

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Tribal tensions continue in fallout from Suez officer shooting

CAIRO: Tribal tensions in Northern Sinai continued as a result of the shooting of a Suez police officer and the subsequent shooting of the prime suspect. Ahmed Eid from the Tarabin tribe was the man believed to have shot dead the head of criminal investigations in Suez city Ibrahim Abdel-Maboud last September, during an exchange …

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Peres to meet Mubarak Sunday

CAIRO: Israeli President Shimon Peres will arrive in Egypt Sunday to hold talks with President Hosni Mubarak. Peres was on a tour of South American countries, which took in Brazil and Argentina, the first visit by an Israeli president there in 20 years. His visit to Egypt comes in the wake of opposing comments regarding …

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Prominent MB member Aboul Fotouh released after 5-month incarceration

CAIRO: Member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) Guidance Office and Secretary General of the Arab Doctors’ Union Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh was released by State Security Tuesday after almost five months of incarceration. Long seen as a temperate force within the group, Aboul Fotouh was detained June 28 and according to a group statement, had …

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Officials deny claims of rockslide in Manshiyet Nasser

CAIRO: The Cairo governorate has denied a woman’s claim that a rockslide occurred in the Suzanne Mubarak housing project in Manshiyet Nasser near the site of the Duweiqa rockslide of Sept. 2008. A woman in the fifth phase of the development contacted authorities and claimed that rocks had fallen and injured her. The local council …

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Lawyer alleges Zeitoun and Hezbollah detainees terrorized with snakes

CAIRO: A lawyer representing the defendants in what is known as the Zeitoun cell case submitted a complaint to the State Security Public Prosecutor Hisham Badawi alleging that the detainees are being terrorized with snakes in their cells. Lawyer Mohamed Shabana told Daily News Egypt Monday that the detainees of the Zeitoun cell case as …

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Seventh swine flu death while six schools closed in Alexandria

CAIRO: The seventh H1N1 death was announced by the Ministry of Health Saturday as a 37-year old female from the outer suburbs of Cairo succumbed to pneumonia after contracting the virus Friday evening. The woman was admitted to Abbasiya hospital Nov. 11 suffering from pneumonia and was kept on a respirator in intensive care before …

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Show of force in Rafah following clashes

CAIRO: Security troops were out in force in Rafah near the border with Gaza as a tense calm prevailed following clashes Wednesday that saw at least 11 policemen injured. Forces had been sent to Rafah from Ismailia to buttress the security presence in the area after protestors placed a police convoy under siege for six …

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Osama Al-Ghazali Harb says willing to run for president

CAIRO: Democratic Front Party leader Osama Al-Ghazali Harb indicated his willingness to become his party’s candidate for the presidential elections in a debate with various opposition parties and groups. Harb denied that there was any dispute with the Muslim Brotherhood regarding his candidacy, according to the online news portal Masrawy. The former member of the …

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No to temporary Palestinian state, says Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt has dismissed any notions of setting temporary Palestinian borders in response to an Israeli proposal to form a temporary Palestinian state on 60 percent of the West Bank. The idea had been advanced by Kadima deputy and former Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz, in what was seen as an early bid to contest …

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Kefaya pulls out of campaign against inheritance of power

CAIRO: The Kefaya Movement for Change has pulled out of a coalition campaigning against the inheritance of power due to disagreements over ties with US officials. The disagreement arose over the proposed visit of Al-Ghad party leader and former presidential candidate Ayman Nour to the United States, from which he was prevented from going by …

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ElBaradie comments on presidential candidacy split opposition

CAIRO: The comments made by outgoing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradie regarding his willingness to run in the 2011 presidential elections has split opinion amongst opposition groups. ElBaradie, who is due to step down from his post at the atomic agency this month, told CNN in a televised interview on Thursday that he would consider running …

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