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USAID auditor criticizes Egyptian gov't, cites terrorism concerns

CAIRO: An audit report of USAID democracy and governance programs in Egypt has criticized the Egyptian government for being an impediment to these efforts as well as citing concerns that programs might inadvertently fund terrorism. The Office of Inspector General at the US Agency for International Development released the “Audit of USAID/Egypt’s Democracy and Governance …

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17 arrested on suspicion of carrying out terrorist attacks

Cairo: Seventeen people were arrested in Egypt s Daqahliya governorate Wednesday on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks according to reports. The Ministry of Interior did not announce anything regarding the arrests, but both Reuters and The Associated Press news agencies cited anonymous security forces confirming the arrests. They will be charged with belonging to a …

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Relatives of man who killed Suez officer escape from prison

CAIRO: Relatives of Ahmed Eid, the man believed to have shot a police officer in Suez and was later killed, reportedly escaped from Abu Za abal prison last week, according to sources in North Sinai. Sources in the area told Daily News Egypt that the two escaped detainees were relatives of Eid, who had been …

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Mubarak congratulates NDP performance in closing speech

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak congratulated the performance of his National Democratic Party (NDP) in carrying out its reform agenda during his closing speech at the party’s annual convention Monday night. “The conference with its discussions has given the National Democratic Party a new push forward, he said, adding that “we are passing a critical phase …

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Mubarak junior lays into opposition for their 'negativity'

CAIRO: Head of the ruling National Democratic Party’s policies committee Gamal Mubarak criticized Egyptian opposition groups for promoting a negative view of the party during his speech at its annual conference. The party’s sixth annual conference wrapped up Monday evening, but the day before Mubarak commented on the opposition’s criticism of the NDP during his …

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Egyptian opposition launches campaign against inheritance of power

CAIRO: Opposition forces from across the political spectrum gathered at Al-Ghad party headquarters Wednesday to launch the “Egyptian Campaign Against Inheritance of Power, which opposes the mooted succession of Gamal Mubarak as the country’s next president. The campaign is the brainchild of 2005 presidential candidate Ayman Nour, and includes numerous opposition parties and the Muslim …

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Clashes between Bedouins and security forces in Central Sinai

CAIRO: Clashes erupted between security forces and Bedouin tribesmen in Central Sinai Tuesday that led to the injury of a central security soldier. Security forces had converged on the areas of Wadi El-Umr and Abu Ojeila to search and arrest tribesmen wanted for various offences and gunfire was exchanged when security forces attempted to approach …

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PA head lifts immunity from NDP MP who stormed police station

CAIRO: People’s Assembly speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour agreed to lift parliamentary immunity from MP Mohamed Mandour over an incident in Qena in Southern Egypt last July. The MP had allegedly stormed a police station in Dishna with a number of his supporters to free six members of his district who were being detained. Two of …

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Political activist and researcher Mohamed Al-Sayed Saeed dies

CAIRO: Political activist and deputy head of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Mohamed Al-Sayed Saeed died at Dar El-Fouad Hospital Saturday at the age of 59. Saeed had been in Paris for the last six months being treated for cancer courtesy of the French government but returned to Cairo a week ago when …

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Egypt's nuclear authority should oversee health ministry, says IAEA

CAIRO: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) objects to an article in Egypt’s nuclear energy law exempting the Ministry of Health from being supervised by the country’s nuclear authority. A specially formed committee from the Shoura Council convened Thursday to discuss the parameters of Egypt’s nuclear energy law and offer revisions. Head of the industrial …

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Gas campaign highlights losses in Petroleum Ministry budget

CAIRO: The popular campaign to stop the export of Egyptian gas said that the Ministry of Petroleum’s budget for 2009 saw losses run into the billions of pounds. The campaign, which obtained a copy of the budget that the ministry sent to the Central Auditing Authority, cited that the deficit amounted to LE 49 billion. …

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Rights group to assess case of Kafr El-Sheikh teen

CAIRO: The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has commissioned its legal department to look into the case of the incarceration of an 18-year-old in Kafr El-Sheikh on the first day of Ramadan. Mohamed Samir El-Hagari was taken on Aug. 20 by security forces who were conducting a search on shops in Port Said …

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Court sets next Israel gas hearing for November

CAIRO: Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court held the first session of its hearing on whether to ban the export of gas to Israel Saturday and scheduled the next hearing for Nov. 7. This is the final stage of the court process that saw the administrative court issue a ruling to ban gas exports to Israel in …

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Protest at Azhar over Aqsa Mosque raid

CAIRO: Protestors gathered at Al-Azhar Mosque after the Friday noon prayers to denounce the events at Al-Aqsa Mosque last Sunday when Israeli protestors attempted to storm it on Yom Kippur. Security forces had managed to prevent many of the protestors from reaching Al-Azhar in the first place and set up a tight security cordon in …

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Egypt deports Swedish journalist after 2-day detention

CAIRO: Swedish journalist Per Bjorklund was deported from Egypt early Thursday after being detained for two days at Cairo International Airport. Bjorklund returned to Prague from where he arrived on the 2 am Czech Airlines flight. He was detained two days earlier when landing in Cairo after vacationing in his native Sweden. The Consul from …

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Sinai protest fizzles amid heavy security presence

CAIRO: A protest planned for Thursday south of the border town of Rafah in Al-Agraa was marred by a low turnout due to heavy security presence. According to eyewitnesses, the number of protestors never exceeded 50 people at any given time and the three tents erected for what was supposed to be an “open protest …

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Suspect in police killing dies in shootout

CAIRO: The main suspect in the killing of a senior ranking police officer in Suez earlier this month was killed in a shootout with police in the early hours of Tuesday. The shootout occurred in mountains near the town of Qantara in Northern Sinai. Police had doubled their search for Ahmed Eid, 26, since a …

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Swedish journalist expected to be deported early Thursday

CAIRO: A Swedish journalist living in Egypt is expected to be deported Thursday after being detained at Cairo airport since the early hours of Tuesday morning. Freelance journalist and blogger Per Bjorklund was detained at Cairo Airport while retuning from Sweden via Prague in the Czech Republic. Contact was cut off with Bjorklund from 3 …

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Israel not pushing for peace, Egypt tells UN

CAIRO: Egypt has accused Israel of lacking the political will to achieve peace with the Palestinians during Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s speech to the UN General Assembly Saturday on behalf of the Non-Alignment Movement. Aboul Gheit, along with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judah expressed …

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Egypt will not back down from Israeli nuclear monitoring

CAIRO: Egypt will not back down from calling for monitoring of Israel’s nuclear program, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki in the wake of a letter Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit sent to the UN Security Council on the topic. In an interview with Egyptian terrestrial television Thursday night from New York, Zaki said that …

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Sinai activists skeptical about tribal statement calling for protest

CAIRO: Activists in Sinai are skeptical about a statement purported to be from the Bedouin tribes released Wednesday, which includes a list of demands made to the government, because the people behind it were unidentified. The statement, signed off by “the sons of the tribes called for a protest in October if the demands were …

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Egypt calls for UN monitoring of Israel nuclear program

CAIRO: Egypt has sent a letter to the 15 members of the UN Security Council calling for a nuclear free Middle East and the monitoring of Israel’s nuclear program. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit sent the letter last week to the foreign ministers of the 15 member states in which he outlined that it was …

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Coptic presidential hopeful had not consulted the Party, says leader

CAIRO: Head of the Free Socialist Constitutional Party Mamdouh Qennawi said that member Mamdouh Ramzy had not consulted him before announcing his intentions to become Egypt’s first Coptic candidate in the 2011 presidential race. Qennawi told Al-Shorouk newspaper that it was the “personal initiative of Mamdouh and he did not consult me, but it is …

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Egypt defends role in Lebanon

CAIRO: Egypt has defended its role on Lebanese politics against accusations that it is partially responsible for hindering the formation of a new government. The MENA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki as saying, “To find some voices inside Lebanon holding Egypt responsible for the impediment that happened betrays a misunderstanding of the …

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Torture allegations surface in Zeitoun cell case

CAIRO: Suspects in what is known as the Zeitoun cell case reportedly told their defense team that they were tortured while in the custody of State Security. State Security is holding the defendants in an undisclosed location and the defense team is only in contact with the seven detainees when they appear for questioning in …

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'We're not Israel's post office,' says Brotherhood MP

CAIRO: A Muslim Brotherhood MP has sharply criticized a letter and Jewish prayer book that was sent to President Hosni Mubarak by an Israeli rabbi to be delivered to captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, saying “Egypt is not Israel’s post office. Elmeldin Al-Sakhawy said on the Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc website, “Whether we agree or disagree …

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