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Egypt to reissue new satellite TV uplink permits

CAIRO: Egypt’s information minister on Monday ordered the reissuing of new licenses for private TV satellite uplinks amid criticism that the state aims to tighten government control over the media ahead of parliamentary elections. Under the order, Egypt’s state television is required to issue the new licenses, which could be seen as bringing heavier government …

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Egypt says Nile sharing meeting fails

CAIRO: Egypt s state news agency reported Tuesday that 10 African nations have failed to conclude a long delayed new agreement for sharing water from the Nile and will call for closer cooperation instead. The Nile basin nations have failed for years now to agree on the Nile River Cooperative Framework Agreement to administer the …

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US test-fires Trident missile in drill with Saudis

CAIRO: The United States test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia, a Western military official said. The Trident missile launch was carried out in the kingdom, the official said, but he would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity …

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Arab League chief pushes for closer ties with Iran

CAIRO: The Arab League chief wants the 22-nation bloc to engage Iran directly over concerns about its growing influence and its nuclear activities, in a step that could undermine US and Israeli efforts to isolate the country, diplomats said Tuesday. Senior US officials including Defense Secretary Robert Gates toured the region last month to urge …

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Egypt's government to restrict NGO vote monitoring

CAIRO: Egypt’s government is seeking to severely restrict the work of non-governmental organizations, including preventing them from monitoring elections, three dozen NGOs said Monday. Draft legislation to curtail local NGOs will be brought before parliament in the coming months, the groups said in a letter of protest. An official at the government ministry responsible for …

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Israelis make pilgrimage to rabbi's tomb in Egypt

CAIRO: Hundreds of Israelis came to Egypt on Sunday for an annual pilgrimage to the tomb of a 19th-century Jewish holy man in Egypt s Nile Delta, airport officials said. Last year, Egypt denied the pilgrims entry because the anniversary fell during Israel s offensive on Gaza and there were concerns about their security and …

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Iran makes new bid for improving ties with Arabs

CAIRO: Iran made a new offer for resolving tensions with Arab nations, an Egyptian official said Monday, and Egypt s president flew to the Persian Gulf in an unexpected visit to discuss the proposal with his allies. US-allied Arab nations, which are mainly led by Sunni Muslims, have been deeply concerned over the rising power …

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Arab League urges Abbas to stay as PA head

CAIRO: The Arab League s head on Monday urged the Palestinian president to reconsider stepping down from his position. Amr Moussa’s request comes as Arab foreign ministers are meeting this week to review their commitment to a 2002 peace initiative offering Israel recognition in exchange for withdrawal from Arab land. Arab countries are concerned that …

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Lawyers in Egypt's Hezbollah spy trial quit

CAIRO: Defense lawyers for a trial in Egypt of two dozen people charged with spying for Lebanon’s Hezbollah quit Wednesday after claiming the court was not impartial, judicial officials and the lawyers said. The 26 suspects, including Egyptians, Palestinians and Lebanese, face charges of spying for a foreign group, planning attacks against tourists and shipping …

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Arab League chief eyes Egyptian presidency

CAIRO: The head of the Arab League indicated in an interview published Tuesday that he may consider running for Egypt’s presidency in elections scheduled for 2011. Amr Moussa’s remarks come amid a heated debate in Egypt about who would replace President Hosni Mubarak who has ruled the Arab world’s most populated nation for 28 years. …

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Egypt's rising death sentences under fire

CAIRO: Legal experts and human rights activists are criticizing Egypt for an abrupt spike in death sentences in recent months, accusing the country s courts of trying to use capital punishment to stem a soaring crime rate. In June, 75 Egyptians were sentenced to death in comparison to just 86 for all of 2008, noted …

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Nile nations discuss sharing their river

CAIRO: Ministers from the 10 African countries on the Nile river began crucial discussions Monday over drafting a new water sharing agreement, which is hampered by Egypt s refusal to reduce its share of world s longest river. In an opening address to the Nile Basin Initiative, held in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, …

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Egypt's minister meets Iranian counterpart

CAIRO: The Egyptian and Iranian foreign ministers have met three times this week, signaling a thaw in the tense relations between the two Muslim nations, Egyptian and Iranian diplomats said Tuesday. Formal diplomatic ties were severed in 1979 when Egypt signed a peace deal with Israel. Although Iran has been looking to improve relations, Egypt …

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Muslim teenager killed in sectarian attack

CAIRO: A Muslim teenager was killed after a quarrel between Muslims and Christian Copts in a Nile Delta town, police officials said Wednesday. Police said the trouble in Mansoura, some 110 km north of Cairo, began after a verbal exchange between the Muslim teenager and a Coptic street vendor. A group of Coptic youth joined …

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Iran less important than peace process

CAIRO: Egypt does not agree with Israel s point of view that Iran s nuclear ambitions are a higher priority for the region than Mideast peace, the presidential spokesman said Sunday. Israel is looking to rally moderate Arab nations around the idea that Iran is the common danger to the whole region. The comments from …

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Egypt wants Obama to speak from historic mosque

CAIRO: When President Barack Obama addresses the Muslim world from Cairo next month, Egyptian officials hope he will choose 1,000-year-old Al-Azhar mosque, the heart of a revered institution for Islamic study, as his backdrop to convey US respect for Islam. The American Embassy in Cairo said no decision has been made yet on a venue …

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Palestinians struggle with differences over Israel

CAIRO: Palestinian factions trying to hammer out a power-sharing agreement are struggling to reconcile their differences toward peace talks with Israel, a Hamas spokesman said Thursday, as the Palestinian president agreed to release dozens of Hamas prisoners in a goodwill gesture during the talks. Fawzi Barhoum, the group s spokesman, said the disagreement over Israel …

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Egypt in more talks with Hamas

CAIRO: Envoys of Hamas resumed talks Tuesday in Cairo with Egyptian intelligence officials on a truce proposal to end fighting in the Gaza Strip where the Israeli offensive is in its third week. The talks come as diplomatic efforts have made little concrete progress in reconciling key differences between Israel and the Palestinian group they …

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Arab League chief urges talks with Iran

CAIRO: Arabs and Iranians should sit together to try to resolve regional disputes, including the Persian nation s nuclear ambitions, the head of the Arab League said Tuesday. Amr Moussa s statement is the first by a top Arab official calling for a regional dialogue with Iran at a time of increasing tension between Arab …

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Arab foreign ministers meet on Palestinian rift

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers met in Cairo Wednesday to work out how to deal with Hamas after the group rejected reconciliation talks aimed at ending the division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The meeting comes three days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah movement controls the West Bank, threatened to call elections …

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Egyptians grumble about economy, blame Mubarak

CAIRO: Around Cairo s streets colorful signs herald President Hosni Mubarak s ruling National Democratic Party s conference this weekend with an upbeat motto: A Thought for a Better Future. It s the party s annual showcase to boast of government successes, make promises and plot future strategy. This year s gathering, however, is being …

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First female marriage registrar starts work

CAIRO: Egypt s first female marriage registrar started work Saturday despite complaints by some conservative clerics that the move is against Islam, said the country s official news agency. During her first day on the job, Amal Suleiman Afifi married a couple in a mosque in the Delta town of Zaqaziq – some 75 km …

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Court takes case for halt of gas export to Israel

CAIRO: An Egyptian court is reviewing a petition by a group of lawyers to halt Egypt s natural gas exports to Israel, one of the attorneys said Monday. Lawyer Ibrahim Yousri said the petitioners want to stop the deal because it involves below market gas prices of only $1.5 per British thermal unit, a measure …

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Egypt bans reports on slaying of Lebanese singer

CAIRO: An editor of an Egyptian independent newspaper said he was questioned by prosecutors Tuesday for violating a government ban on publishing information on the high profile killing of a Lebanese pop singer. Sunday s edition of the Al-Dostour daily was barred from distribution by authorities because it included an article on the arrest of …

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Arab League to discuss genocide charges facing Sudan's president

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers are expected to discuss a proposal Saturday calling on Sudan s president to hand over two Darfur war crimes suspects to an international tribunal in an effort to fend off the longtime leader s own prosecution on genocide charges, Arab diplomats said. But it wasn t clear if the proposal would …

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Egypt to reopen border with Gaza for two days for stranded masses

CAIRO: Egypt is to reopen the Rafah border crossing with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip for two days to allow hundreds of stranded on both sides to cross, a Palestinian diplomat in Cairo said on Monday. According to Nabil Amr, the diplomat, the opening will begin on Tuesday. All Palestinians who need medical treatment would be …

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Hamas, Israel agree on truce to begin Thursday, says MENA

CAIRO: Egypt s state-owned news agency says Hamas and Israel have agreed on a truce which is to begin on Thursday. The MENA agency cites an unnamed high-level Egyptian official as saying that both sides have agreed on the first phase of an Egyptian package to end the violence in the coastal strip. It says …

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Four from a single family die in Cairo building collapse

CAIRO: A police official says a mother and her three children died when their house collapsed in a Cairo low income neighborhood. The police official says Zeinab Abdel Latif and her three children, including an infant, were still in bed when their house crumbled early in the morning. He spoke on condition of anonymity because …

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Mubarak stays away from mini-summit in Libya

CAIRO: Government officials say President Hosni Mubarak will stay away from an Arab mini-summit in Libya to avoid an encounter with Syria s president. The mini-summit in Tripoli on Tuesday was initiated by Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi to work out an Arab response to a French proposal to set up a European, Middle Eastern and …

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87 questioned by police after flour riots

CAIRO: Police questioned 87 Egyptians Sunday who were detained after clashes with security while protesting bread shortages in the north of the country, a security official said. Thousands of demonstrators fought with police Saturday after protesting a decision by local authorities to end direct distribution of flour rations in the Mediterranean coastal town of Borollos. …

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