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The people’s republic of Tahrir Square

  Yasser Salama   Yasser Salama, a baker by trade, was born in 1973 and is a resident of Zawya El-Hamra. He has been in Tahrir Square since Jan. 28. “I saw people being shot and thought I’d come and die with dignity here.” He relates with other protesters, especially those who have problems caused …

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Electoral process, media regulations announced for PA elections

CAIRO: Regulations for public media coverage guidelines and the electoral process of the People’s Assembly elections taking place in November were announced by the Ministry of Information and the Supreme Electoral Commission, respectively. Last Saturday, the Supreme Electoral Commission adopted three resolutions for the upcoming elections. The commission was formed after the 2007 constitutional amendments, …

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Court calls for prohibition of foreign ownership in Sinai

CAIRO: The Ismailia Criminal Court argued against foreign ownership of land and property in Sinai during a verdict it handed out in a case regarding the issue over foreign ownership of property in Sharm El-Sheikh last week. The case involved forgery of documentation to sell housing units in the resort of Coral Bay to foreign …

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Soldier dies on border after being run over by armored vehicle

CAIRO: An Egyptian soldier was killed in an accident on the border near Rafah after he was run over by an armored vehicle Sunday, according to official reports. Central Security forces soldier Yehia Shawqi Al-Sayed, 22, was killed when he was run over by a police armored vehicle in Al-Ahrash area near Rafah and on …

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Ruling party rejects idea of foreign observers for parliamentary elections

CAIRO: National Democratic Party (NDP) Secretary General Safwat El-Sherif rejected calls for international monitoring by foreign observers of the elections for the People’s Assembly, set for November. El-Sherif was responding to comments made by US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner in Cairo last Saturday when he called for …

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New Israel ambassador set for Egypt

CAIRO: Israel is set to name a new ambassador to Egypt after incumbent Yitzhak Levanon declined to continue in his post past his retirement age despite having been in Egypt for less than a year. The name of Ya’acov Amitai was announced Sunday as the replacement by the Appointments Committee of the Israeli Ministry of …

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Mubarak lists achievements, warns Islamists in October anniversary speech

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak’s speech to commemorate the Oct. 6, 1973 War Wednesday was part campaign-trail accomplishment listing and a warning shot to Egyptian Islamist groups. With parliamentary elections due later next month, Mubarak, after lauding the role of Armed Forces in the 1973 war with Israel and highlighting the importance of peace in the …

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Potential Sinai MPs promise to adopt anti-violence measures if elected

CAIRO: Candidates intending to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections from various political groups in Sinai convened Monday and pledged to adopt agreed upon solutions to limit violence against residents of Sinai. Gathering in Sheikh Zuwayed and calling themselves People of Sinai Against Violence, representatives of both mainstream and opposition parties, such as the National …

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Egypt incensed by Iranian FM ‘traitor’ remarks

CAIRO: Egypt has reacted strongly to remarks allegedly made by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki regarding his description of participants in the direct peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel that kick off in Washington Thursday as “traitors”. As a result, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement Wednesday that it had cancelled a …

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Gamal Mubarak accompanies father to Washington

CAIRO: Head of the policies committee of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Gamal Mubarak has accompanied his father President Hosni Mubarak to Washington for the opening of the latest round of direct peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel being brokered by the United States. Mubarak junior’s trip to Washington has again fuelled …

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More weapons and tunnels discovered near Gaza border

CAIRO: An additional five weapons’ caches were discovered in Sinai near the Gaza border Sunday — a day after police had seized six caches — and five tunnels beneath the border were discovered and shut down. Three men have been detained in the town of Sheikh Zuwayed near the border in relation to the latest …

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Fate of latest peace talks rests on Netanyahu and Hamas

CAIRO: After a two-year hiatus, direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis are set to kick off next month in Washington, but wariness prevails regarding the intentions of the Israeli Prime Minister and Hamas. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had extended the invitation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu …

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Treatment of African migrants in Sinai angers Bedouin activists

CAIRO: The death of seven African migrants at the hands of smugglers and police in Sinai last Friday has angered Bedouin activists who have called for better protection for them in the peninsula. The seven Eritreans were killed from a shootout last Friday as they attempted to escape the clutches of smugglers who had promised …

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Al-Wafd releases preliminary list of parliamentary candidates

CAIRO: Al-Wafd party has released a preliminary list of its proposed candidates for the People’s Assembly elections next November if the party decides against a boycott. The party’s executive committee released the names of 125 candidates, but in a meeting Tuesday chaired by party leader Al-Sayed Al-Badawi the party decided to extend the deadline for …

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Egypt claims Hamas fired rockets from Sinai

CAIRO: After repeated denials, Egypt has stated that rocket attacks launched on Jordan and Israel did come from Sinai, and were carried out by members of Hamas. The official MENA news agency quoted a security official as saying, “The preliminary information that the security has received indicates that Palestinian factions from the Gaza Strip are …

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Egypt mediates Sudanese unity talks

CAIRO: Egypt mediated talks in Cairo Monday between the Sudanese ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to discuss issues pertaining to the January referendum regarding the possible secession of the South. Under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Khartoum and the South, the people of southern Sudan will …

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US Congress bill pushing for democracy in Egypt

CAIRO: A bill referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations in the US Congress last week and co-sponsored by former presidential candidate John McCain, is calling for supporting democracy and civil liberties in Egypt. The proposed bill, Senate Resolution 586, put forward by Democrat Senator Russell Feingold, and entitled “A resolution supporting democracy, human rights, …

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Muslim Brotherhood hosts opposition figures to pressure for reform

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) hosted a meeting Tuesday at its parliamentary headquarters where it invited over 35 opposition figureheads to formulate a plan of action for the upcoming period regarding political reform. At the invitation of the group’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, opposition figures such as Hassan Nafaa from the National Association for Change …

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ElBaradei’s campaign gathered over 200,000 signatures, says campaign head

CAIRO: The “Together We Will Change” campaign to acquire signatures calling for political reform has amassed over 200,000 signatures, according to the head of the campaign Abdelrahman Yousef. Yousef, who runs the site listing the seven specific demands for political reform called for by former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, told Daily News Egypt that the …

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