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Ayman Nour should remain in prison, says government committee

Reuters CAIRO: A government medical committee has ruled that jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour, a diabetic who has heart problems, should stay in prison. The committee found Nour s health was not in danger so long as he takes his medication and meals regularly, and it declined to recommend to prosecutors that he be freed …

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Bird flu re-emerges in Egyptian poultry after lull

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt has detected four new cases of bird flu in poultry, the first infections found in two months of a disease that has killed six people in the country this year and wracked its poultry industry, officials said on Monday. Three of the cases were found late last week in so-called backyard, or …

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Egypt Islamist group denies uniting with Al-Qaeda

Reuters CAIRO: One of Egypt s most prominent Islamist groups, which waged a bloody campaign in the 1990s, denied on Sunday it had made any alliance with the global Al-Qaeda militant network led by Osama bin Laden. Meanwhile, a former official in Egypt s Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya said that even if some members had joined Al-Qaeda, …

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Freed activist accuses Egypt of distortion campaign

Reuters CAIRO: Anti-government activist Mohammed El-Sharkawi, who spent most of the past three months in jail, accused the government on Wednesday of a distortion campaign against the country s pro-democracy protest movement. He said the campaign, combined with a spate of arrests at street protests in recent months, was taking a toll on turnout. But …

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