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Activists, MPs demand Netanyahu's arrest in Egypt

CAIRO: Members of the Kefaya Movement for Change along with members of Parliament filed a request to Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to arrive in Egypt on Monday. They have also proposed that he be taken to court in Egypt on charges of …

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MPs to go on a peaceful march despite security refusal

CAIRO: Opposition and independent MPs, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, will organize a peaceful march on Monday, May 3, despite the Ministry of Interior’s refusal to grant them permission. The MPs had sent a memo to the Ministry of Interior to inform it of the time and date of the demonstration scheduled to take …

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Copts demonstrate over delay of Nagaa Hammadi verdict

CAIRO: Tens of Copts demonstrated on Wednesday inside Abbasiya Cathedral against what they described as "the judicial delay in issuing a verdict in the Nagaa Hammadi murder case.” The case involves three Muslims persecuted for the armed attack and killing of six Copts and one Muslim guard as they left the church following midnight mass …

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Saudi blocks website supporting ElBaradei hours after launch

CAIRO: Internet users in Saudi Arabia were surprised when access to a website promoting Mohamed ElBaradei’s National Coalition for Change was denied. Internet users were shown a message saying, “The site you requested is unavailable” only 15 hours after the website was launched by a number of Egyptian activists in the United States. The Arabic …

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Lawyer calls for release of Sinai blogger Mosad Abu Fagr

CAIRO: Lawyer Amir Salem filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud Monday, to call for the release of Sinai activist and blogger Mosad Abu Fagr. Abu Fagr has been detained in Abu Za’bal Prison for three years under the emergency law. "The complaint also demands the investigation of state security officers in …

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HRW calls for release of Coptic blogger

CAIRO: Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release Hany Nazeer, the Coptic blogger detained since October 2008 under the emergency law. Despite an April 3, 2010 court order for Nazeer’s release, the Interior Ministry renewed his 19-month detention for the sixth time this week, citing emergency law provisions that permit detention …

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Nagaa Hammadi trial adjourned to May 16

CAIRO: The trial of three suspects in the fatal drive-by shooting of six Christians and one Muslim guard outside a church in Nagaa Hammadi was adjourned to May 16 when it will hear the testimonies of the victims’ families. While the State Security Court did not disclose the reason it postponed the trial, lawyers attributed …

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Farshout rape trial resumes today

  CAIRO: The Qena Criminal Court adjourned for the second time the trial of 18-year-old Gerges Baroumi accused of rapping a 12-year-old girl in the town of Farshout to April 19. The trial was postponed pending a decision on the defense committee’s request to refer the case to another judicial district. The committee filed the …

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Opposition, independent MPs relaunch Egypt arm of Arab anti-corruption org

CAIRO: Opposition and independent Members of Parliament announced the reestablishment of the Egyptian branch of the Arab Parliamentarians Against Corruption, an international organization based in Beirut. Established in 2004, the organization has branches in a number of Arab countries including Morocco, Bahrain, Kuwait, and is headed by Nasser Al Sayegh, former vice president of the …

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Tagammu Party members declare support for ElBaradei

CAIRO: Young members of the leftist Tagammu Party announced their support for Mohamed ElBaradei and declared that they joined the National Coalition for Change. A statement signed by 200 members from 10 governorates read, “Since our party was established in 1976, it has always been at the forefront of the national call for democracy, freedom …

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Deported Egyptians will be paid, says Kuwaiti ambassador

CAIRO: The deportation of a number of Egyptians from Kuwait will not affect relations between the two countries, the Kuwaiti ambassador told Daily News Egypt, adding that all deportees will receive their financial rights in full. “We abide by international conventions, not individual ones. The Egyptians are our brothers, so of course all their rights …

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Prosecution hears testimonies of assaulted April 6 activists

CAIRO: Activists accused the police of assault during their arrest on Tuesday, April 6 at the Downtown Cairo prosecution office, where they were gave testimony Saturday evening. The testimonies continued to roll out on Sunday by activists Asmaa Mahfouz, Jeanette Abdel Alim and Abdel Rahman Fares, who was arrested by police after giving his testimony. …

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Court refuses religion change in Christian twins’ documents

CAIRO: The Administrative Court at the State Council ruled Tuesday against a lawsuit filed by a Christian mother requesting a change in her twin sons’ identification documents from Muslim to Christian. Kamilia Gabballah, the mother of Andrew and Mario, failed to get approval to issue birth certificates for her two sons, registering them as Christians …

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Ayman Nour to run for president with Coptic VP

CAIRO: Ayman Nour, the disputed leader of Al-Ghad party, announced that he will run for president in the 2011 elections, and will appoint two vice presidents including a Coptic woman. Nour called on incumbent President Hosni Mubarak to step down and retire from the political arena. “I call on President Mubarak to retire from his …

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Security warns April 6 Movement against organizing Tuesday march

CAIRO: The Cairo Security Directorate warned the April 6 Youth Movement against holding demonstrations on Tuesday, April 6. The Directorate sent an official warning to members of the movement through the headquarters of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), in its capacity as the legal representative for the members of the movement. ANHRI …

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Court refuses religion change in Christian twins' documents

CAIRO: The Administrative Court at the State Council ruled Tuesday against a lawsuit filed by a Christian mother requesting a change in her twin sons’ identification documents from Muslim to Christian. Kamilia Gabballah, the mother of Andrew and Mario, failed to get approval to issue birth certificates for her two sons, registering them as Christians …

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April 6 movement plans demonstration

CAIRO: The April 6 Youth Movement notified the Ministry of Interior of the demonstration it plans to stage on April 6 in front of parliament, calling for constitutional amendments on Articles 76, 77 and 88. The movement is also calling for canceling the emergency law and the amendment of the political rights’ law. The Hisham …

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Court refuses religion change in Christian twins' documents

CAIRO: The Administrative Court at the State Council ruled Tuesday against a lawsuit filed by a Christian mother requesting a change in her twin sons’ identification documents from Muslim to Christian. Kamilia Gabballah, the mother of Andrew and Mario, failed to get approval to issue birth certificates for her two sons, registering them as Christians …

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National Coalition for Change suggests setting up polling stations abroad

CAIRO: The National Coalition for Change, headed by former secretary-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, prepared a memo calling on Egyptian embassies abroad to allow citizens to vote in the upcoming parliamentary as well as presidential elections in 2010 and 2011. The memo is to be presented by Egyptian expats to their …

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Hamdi Qandil named spokesman of ElBaradei's National Coalition for Change

CAIRO: Members of the National Coalition for Change, headed by the former Secretary-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, chose journalist and outspoken talk show host Hamdi Qandil, to be the group’s official spokesman at a meeting attended by ElBaradei Thursday. Sources told Daily News Egypt that the meeting was convened to outline an organizational …

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Farshout rape case adjourned to April 17

CAIRO: The Qena Criminal Court on Wednesday adjourned to April 17 the trial of Gerges Baroumi accused of rapping a 12-year-old girl in the town of Farshout. The rape, which occurred in November 2009, is believed to have triggered sectarian violence in the Upper Egyptian town. While police held Baroumi, a Christian, on charges of …

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Mental health patients to finally have national IDs

CAIRO: Patients in Al-Abassiya, Al-Khanka and Helwan mental health facilities are slated to obtain national identification cards following a year-long campaign initiated by the Egyptian Center for Development and Human Rights (ECDHR). The unprecedented move, to be implemented across 17 mental institutions, will grant patients greater social and political rights. The project is being carried …

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Nagaa Hammadi case hearing postponed to April 18

CAIRO: The Qena Emergency State Security Criminal Court postponed on Sunday the trial of three men accused of killing six Copts and one Muslim guard in a drive-by Christmas shooting to April 18. The shootings, which took place in the Upper Egyptian town of Nagaa Hammadi on Christmas Eve last January, also left nine people …

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Marsa Matrouh Muslims and Copts sign reconciliation

CAIRO: Muslims and Christians in Marsa Matrouh signed a reconciliation agreement on Wednesday after sectarian violence struck the coastal governorate last week, injuring 24 people and damaging several houses owned by Copts. The agreement was signed in the presence of Marsa Matrouh Governor Ahmed Hussein; Bishop Makhomios of Beheira and Matrouh; the head of the …

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Marsa Matrouh Muslim-Christian reconciliation talks begin today

CAIRO: Marsa Matrouh community and religious leaders will meet on Wednesday for reconciliation talks under the auspicious of Marsa Matrouh governor, to discuss ways to curb sectarian violence that struck the coastal governorate recently. Several Coptic figures, however, are skeptical of the reconciliation talks, claiming that they are skirting the issue instead of directly tackling …

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April 6 and Kefaya reach reconciliation

CAIRO: Coordinator of the April 6 movement Ahmed Maher and General Coordinator of the Kefaya Movement for Change Abdel Halim Qandil, who have been engaged in a war of words for over three months, reconciled their differences in a meeting Saturday at the home of Ambassador Ibrahim Youssry. Maher and Qandil had accused each other …

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Marsa Matrouh prosecution detains 30 suspects following clashes

CAIRO: The Marsa Matrouh prosecution detained 30 suspects – four of which are Muslim – for 15 days pending investigations after clashes broke out between Christians and Muslims Friday, leaving 24 people injured. The suspects are facing four charges; illegal congregation, destruction of public property, arson and assault. Marsa Matrouh Governor Ahmed Hussein said calm …

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ElBaradei condemns doctor's detention, abuse

CAIRO: Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei condemned on Thursday the detention and beating of Egyptian doctor Taha Abdel-Tawwab at a state security office in Fayoum for expressing support for the aspiring presidential candidate. Meanwhile, Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud ordered the Attorney General of Fayoum Prosecution to start investigations with …

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