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Alex state security building evacuated

Others | 6 March 2011
ALEXANDRIA - Officers and employees were evacuated from the headquarters of the state security services in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, after overnight clashes involving protesters who had surrounded the building. .. More

Army sets March 19 for referendum on constitution

Others | 6 March 2011
CAIRO: A referendum on the constitutional amendments will take place on March 19, cabinet announced Friday on its Facebook page, citing the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. The voting process will kick off at 8 am and end at 7 pm, the statement added... More

One thousand turn out to Support Ahmed Shafiq

Others | 6 March 2011
HELWAN, Egypt: Inside the gated compound of Katameya Heights, where ex- Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq lives, around 1,000 people gathered to express their gratitude and support for him. Chanting “We love you Shafiq” and “Shafiq for president,” the supporters, also residents of the upscale Katameya Heights and nearby compounds, were vehement in their assertion that the protesters in Tahrir do not represent them... More

Thousands fleeing Libya cause chaos at border

Others | 3 March 2011
RAS JDIR: Tunisian border guards fired into the air on Tuesday to try to control a crowd of people clamoring to get through a border crossing to escape the violence in neighboring Libya. Border guards were letting people, mostly foreigners who had been working in Libya, through the crossing at Ras Jdir but could not process them through immigration fast enough to keep up with the numbers arriving. .. More

Army in talks with ElBaradei, Mussa

Others | 3 March 2011
CAIRO - Egypt's military leaders met a group including opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei and Arab League chief Amr Mussa late on Tuesday to discuss upcoming reforms, state media said. The goal was to listen to their views on the current political, economic and social system following the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak on February 11 after weeks of protests, the state news agency MENA said... More

Egypt delays expected reopening of stock market

Others | 3 March 2011
CAIRO: Egyptian officials have again delayed the restart of the country's stock exchange, a move that brokers said Tuesday would likely only undercut investor confidence in a market many expect to take a hammering as the country struggles to regain footing after massive protests that ousted its longtime president... More

Egypt's stock delays trade from Tuesday

Others | 2 March 2011
CAIRO - Egypt's stock exchange, closed since Jan. 27 because of the protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, has decided to delay trade from Tuesday to Sunday, an official from the bourse said Monday night. Dozens of investors gathered Monday morning at the premises of the Egyptian Stock Market to protest a decision to reopen it Tuesday. The marke has been closed since January 27 due to massive protests against the Mubarak regime... More

Youth Coalition says army agrees to remove cabinet and other demands

Others | 2 March 2011
CAIRO: The Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution said in a statement that the army has agreed to remove the current cabinet, dismantle the State Security apparatus and release political detainees whose names were presented by the coalition... More

A glimpse into Egyptian art history

Others | 2 March 2011
CAIRO - The American University in Cairo Press publishes beautiful art books. They can undoubtedly take a place of honour in anybody’s library. ‘Twentieth-Century Egyptian Art " The Private Collection of Sherwat Shafei’ by Mona Abaza (AUC Press, February 2011) is no exception. Some publisher notes:.. More

Popular committee to independently investigate violence, killings during demos

Others | 1 March 2011
CAIRO: The Popular Fact-finding Committee, formed of law professors and human rights activists, said Sunday it will start investigating crimes committed against protestors during the January 25 Revolution. The committee is neutral, has no political affiliations and consists of members known for their integrity and efficiency, according to a statement issued by the committee... More

AL chief to run for Egyptian presidency

Others | 1 March 2011
CAIRO - Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa announced on Sunday his intention to run for Egypt's next presidential election, Egypt's state TV reported. .. More

Army to set referendum date next week, says constitutional committee member

Others | 1 March 2011
CAIRO: The army is expected to announce the date of the referendum on the recommended constitutional amendments next week, lawyer Sobhi Saleh told Daily News Egypt Sunday. “The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces told us during the discussions that they wish to finalize this issue before end of March. So it is logical to announce their decision next week,” Saleh, a constitutional committee member, added... More

Panel proposes limit to presidential term

Others | 28 February 2011
CAIRO (Updated) - An Egyptian panel tasked with overseeing =constitutional changes on Saturday proposed to limit presidential terms to two, in amendments that will be put to a referendum, the official MENA agency said. The committee, headed by Tarek al-Bishri, is also seeking to reduce the length presidential terms to four years... More

Military police attack protesters; army apologizes

Others | 28 February 2011
CAIRO: Army soldiers and military police chased protesters in Tahrir and near the parliament building using cattle prods in the early hours of Saturday, beating and arresting a number of activists. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces issued an apology on its Facebook page Saturday morning, saying the clashes were “unintentional.” In a second statement, the council said it ordered the release of all protesters arrested the night before... More

Blogger's case delay triggers protests

Others | 28 February 2011
ALEXANDRIA - A criminal court in the coastal city of Alexandria Saturday deferred until next month or when security stability is back the trial of two policemen suspected of brutally beating up and illegally arresting 28-year-old blogger Khaled Saeed, triggering protests from activists and his relatives. "The case of Khaled Saeed as well as other criminal cases will be heard as of next judicial term starting on March 26 or after security circumstances improve. This delay aims to guarantee justice," said Moussa el-Naharawi, the chief judge of the Alexandria Criminal Court... More

Tearing up Egypt's history books

Others | 27 February 2011
CAIRO - A committee consisting of specialists from the Centre for Curricula Development and the Ministry of Education, and other educational experts are revising history textbooks in light of the Youth Revolution of January 25. These experts, in collaboration with the authors of the above textbooks, have agreed to delete parts of the curriculum relating to the National Democratic Party (NDP), while their opinions vary about the parts dealing with the projects of and activities relating to Suzanne Mubarak, wife of the ex-President. Professor of history .. More

Judges to supervise elections only if given full authorities

Others | 27 February 2011
CAIRO: Judges said Thursday they will not oversee elections unless they are granted full supervisory authorities via constitutional amendments. They judges also said they will form a committee to issue a new draft constitution. A statement issued by the Judges’ Club demanded immediate amendments to the judiciary authority law to diminish Minister of Justice Mamdouh Marei’s authorities regarding judiciary inspection and appointments of judges... More

New Egypt comes with labour pains

Others | 27 February 2011
CAIRO - A certain disillusionment already has set in among the revolutionaries who began calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak one month ago on Al Tahrir Square. As revolutions go, they got their wish relatively quickly when Mubarak left office on February 11 just two weeks after they began demonstrating in large numbers. .. More

Over 1,000 protest in Tahrir to reiterate reform demands

Others | 24 February 2011
CAIRO: Over 1,000 protested in Tahrir Square on Tuesday after a planned million man march was downgraded to a symbolic one in response to a “positive” TV interview with members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Dream TV Monday night... More

Ten ministers, deputy PM sworn in

Others | 24 February 2011
CAIRO: Ten new ministers and the first deputy prime minister in years were sworn in on Tuesday in the first cabinet reshuffle since a military council took power, state television announced... More

In Cairo, US envoy calls for lifting emergency law

Others | 24 February 2011
CAIRO: A senior US diplomat urged Egypt on Monday to build confidence in its transition to democracy by lifting the country's emergency law and releasing more detainees... More