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US shelved concerns on Egypt's internal politics, says report

CAIRO: The new US administration has turned its back on concerns over Egypt’s internal political issues for regional cooperation, a policy report released from Washington stated. “After years of tension resulting from the last administration s focus on human rights and democratic development, the traditional US-Egyptian bilateral ‘bargain’ has been effectively restored, said the report …

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Group temporarily ends Rafah crossing vigil

CAIRO: The International Movement to Open the Rafah Border (IMORB) has temporarily disbanded its camp at the Rafah crossing after a two-month presence due to the unavailability of foreign members. “It is clear that without international (members), Egyptian activists who would come risk [being] arrested and put in jail, the group said in an email. …

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Man claims US embassy marines assaulted him and his mother

CAIRO: An Egyptian man, Ahmed Mohamed Al-Takrouri, filed a complaint to Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud alleging that he was assaulted inside the American embassy on Aug. 5 by an army marine and two others. Al-Takrouri alleged in the complaint he filed at Qasr Al-Nil police station that he along with his mother were assaulted by …

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Peres commends Egyptian security for Zeitoun cell capture

CAIRO: Israeli President Shimon Peres commended Egyptian security services for the capture of the alleged Zeitoun terrorist cell that, according to reports, was planning to assassinate the Israeli ambassador. In an interview with Israeli radio after it was published that they were planning to assassinate ambassador Shalom Cohen, Peres said the position of ambassador to …

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Opposition party claims member kidnapped by state security

CAIRO: The opposition Karama party has alleged in a statement that one of their members was “kidnapped and held for eight days by state security forces in Alexandria. The party claims member Bassem Aboul Magd was taken by state security forces near Sidi Bishr in Alexandria on July 30. The reason was that he had …

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ANALYSIS: Ezz spat with opposition belies internal, external conflicts

CAIRO: The spat that has ensued between Ahmed Ezz and political opposition after he criticized them indicates the level of political discourse in Egypt and the frustrations the opposition feels form the security enforced hegemony of the ruling party. “There is an absence of proper, political discussion in Egypt grounded in policy. There is a …

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Rafah crossing remains open for five days

CAIRO: The Rafah border crossing remained open Friday for Gazans, which meant the scheduled opening was extended to five days instead of the initially planned three. The decision to extend the opening was made due to the large number of Palestinians needing to be processed. However, Friday was the last day for the opening of …

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Defense team seeks Zeitoun suspects' whereabouts

CAIRO: Lawyers for 14 of the 26 defendants accused in the Zeitoun jewelry murder and alleged terrorist activities said they are being prevented from attending case hearings and are being kept in the dark regarding the whereabouts of their clients. According to a statement by the Hisham Mubarak Law Center, 14 people were arrested in …

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Aboul Gheit to meet European embassies over visa restrictions

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for urgent meetings with representatives of European embassies over perceived draconian restrictions on Egyptians seeking legitimate visas. A statement from the foreign ministry said, “during the past period the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received increasing complaints from Egyptian citizens regarding the rigidity of a number of European embassies …

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Obama to announce new Mideast peace plan, say US reports

CAIRO: Reports from Washington indicate that US President Barack Obama will announce a more comprehensive Middle East peace settlement later this month. Reports indicate that Obama will call for a peace summit in the fall, which will include Syria, to seek a comprehensive solution to the Middle East peace process that does not only deal …

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Hardline judge to preside over Hezbollah cell case

CAIRO: The trial of the Hezbollah cell case will begin Aug. 23 at the State Security Emergency Criminal Court in the Fifth Settlement on the outskirts of Cairo, though it is attributed to the Abdeen circuit of the court. Lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud said that the Hezbollah cell case had been referred by the State Security …

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Mubarak to visit US Aug 18 after five-year hiatus

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak will visit the US Aug. 18 to meet with President Barack Obama in lieu of the visit he was due to make last May, it was announced. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement Monday that Mubarak and Obama “will discuss the full range of issues of common concern …

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Rafah crossing opened for stranded Palestinians and students

CAIRO: The Rafah border crossing opened Monday for the start of a three-day opening to allow stranded Palestinians in Egypt to return to Gaza as well as allow Palestinian students and those seeking treatment to pass in the other direction. According to Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ihab Al-Ghussein, “8,131 people have registered and they hope …

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US cuts direct aid to unregistered Egyptian NGOs

CAIRO: The United States has cut from its budget $10 million in the aid it grants directly to Egyptian NGOs not officially registered with the Egyptian government, the America in Arabic news agency reported. The news agency attributed the news to a report released by the Project on Middle East Democracy group, which claims that …

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Protest group prevented from leafleting at Rafah crossing

CAIRO: Members of the International Movement to Open the Rafah Border (IMORB) were prevented from disseminating pamphlets at the Rafah border crossing Thursday by security forces at the gate. IMORB member Nada Kassass told Daily News Egypt from the crossing that the group was handing out leaflets to tourists visiting the crossing in an attempt …

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Rafah border to open next week

CAIRO: The Rafah border crossing will be opened for three days beginning next Monday to allow movement of certain Palestinians to and from the Gaza Strip. The crossing will be opened for Gazans seeking treatment in Egypt, students pursuing their studies abroad and for Gazans who passed through the last time the crossing was opened …

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Exporting gas to Israel is 'haram', says former Mufti

CAIRO: Exporting gas to Israel is religiously prohibited (haram) said Egypt’s former Grand Mufti Nasr Farid Wasel in Alexandria on Wednesday as he called for a complete economic boycott of the Jewish State. Speaking at a seminar for international Islamic studies students, Wasel said, “You cannot support a country that fights Islam and Muslims and …

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Egypt signs new gas deal with Israel

CAIRO: A new deal was signed Tuesday to export Egyptian natural gas to Israel, an agreement that will last at least 17 years, Israeli press reported. On Tuesday the Egyptian-Israeli consortium Egyptian Mediterranean Gas (EMG) finalized terms on a new deal to supply gas to the Israeli company Dorad Energy, an agreement that was initially …

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Egypt and Israel look to expand economic ties

CAIRO: Egypt and Israel agreed to look into expanding economic ties after Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit met with Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Yossi Gal in Cairo Monday. According to a statement by the Israel foreign ministry, Aboul Gheit and Gal agreed to cement bilateral dialogue between Egypt and Israel as well …

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US report questions Egypt's stability after Mubarak

CAIRO: An American report published in the Middle East Quarterly has highlighted concerns over the stability of Egypt once President Hosni Mubarak is no longer president. Titled “Is Egypt stable? and penned by Aladdin Elaasar, the report indicates that since there is no clear scenario for the succession of power, there will be instability in …

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Syrian actor denies he was impeded in Gaza entry

CAIRO: Syrian actor Dureid Laham denied that he had been impeded by Egypt in his attempt to enter Gaza last week. “All that was said about Cairo impeding my visit to Gaza is untrue, Laham said during a press conference at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo Sunday. Laham, along with his wife and Egyptian actress …

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Hezbollah cell detainees referred to State Security emergency court

CAIRO: The detainees of the Hezbollah cell case will stand trial in the State Security Emergency Court, Public Prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud announced Sunday. Twenty-six people have been referred to the court, 22 of which are currently being detained in Egypt. The main suspect at large is Mohamed Qublan, the Hezbollah intelligence officer whom Egypt accuses …

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Court submits reasoning behind Tamim murder verdict

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court submitted a 203-page report Saturday outlining the reasoning behind the verdict in the Suzanne Tamim murder case, which sentenced perpetrators Mohsen Al-Sukkari and Hishan Talaat Moustafa to death. The report was submitted for the Supreme Court to rule on, as the final appellate court makes decisions on the reasons for …

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Top Syrian comedian and Egyptian actress enter Gaza through Rafah

CAIRO: Syrian actor Dureid Laham and Egyptian actress Fardous Abdel-Hamid were permitted entry into the Gaza strip via the Rafah crossing Friday to attend a play and visit sites destroyed by the Israeli offensive last December. Hamas had issued a statement Thursday that Laham, who is travelling with his wife, had been denied entry into …

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Mubarak admits to domestic difficulties in Revolution Day speech

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak admitted that Egypt is facing a number of domestic difficulties in the speech he gave to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the Free Officers revolution. Mubarak did not specify the type of domestic difficulties Egypt faces, but admitted that they were numerous. However he did add that Egypt is on the …

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Military Supreme Court to review former editor's 2-year sentence Tuesday

CAIRO: The Military Supreme Court will review Tuesday the verdict of a two-year prison sentence handed to former editor of Al-Shaab newspaper Magdi Ahmed Hussein last February for illegally entering the Gaza Strip. Hussein, head of the suspended Labor Party, was arrested in early February when he arrived at the Rafah border crossing after spending …

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Viva Palestina convoy returns from Gaza, yet Palestinians prevented

CAIRO: Members of the second Viva Palestina aid convoy were scheduled to return to Egypt Thursday from Gaza after having entered the besieged territory with medical aid and ambulances. The convoy, comprising some 200 Americans and led by British Respect Party MP George Galloway, entered Gaza Wednesday evening through the Rafah border crossing after five …

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Hezbollah cell trial date still under wraps

CAIRO: No trial date has yet been set for the detainees in the Hezbollah cell case as investigative authorities continue to renew their detainment without announcing when the case will go to trial. “There is a political angle which is why [no date has been set], the lawyer of some of the defendants Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud …

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Rafah movement commemorates one-month presence on border

CAIRO: The International Movement to Open the Rafah Border (IMORB) commemorated Monday its month-long presence at the Rafah border crossing by building their own latrine after authorities placed barbed wire around the facilities of the only cafeteria near the gate. The IMORB has maintained a constant vigil at the Rafah border crossing since June 13. …

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