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Hundreds rally in Tahrir Square against emergency law

Others | 18 September 2011
CAIRO: Hundreds of protesters rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday against the recent activation of emergency law clauses. "This is an oppressive law that gives too much authority to security forces," Yehia Rabie, 50, told Daily News Egypt. "Why can't we suffice with applying our civil laws like the rest of the world?".. More

Salafi party to launch weekly paper

Others | 18 September 2011
The Salafi-run Nour Party will launch its first weekly newspaper next week, said Nader Bakkar, a member of the party's board, on Saturday. Al-Nour Al-Gadeed will be issued each Monday, Bakkar said. The new paper will serve as the party's mouthpiece and focus on thorny issues, he told reporters, adding that the paper will include sports and art sections that will be restricted by certain criteria... More

Egyptian Copts to leave denomination in protest over remarriage

Others | 18 September 2011
In what they described as an “unprecedented” step in the history of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, a group of Coptic Christians on Thursday declared their intent to leave the denomination in protest at the Church’s objections to the amendment of divorce regulations... More

Al-Jazeera closed for operating unlicensed, Sawiris considers Qatar-based channel

Others | 18 September 2011
Information Minister Osama Heikel said Saturday that he ordered the closure of the Egyptian studios used by Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera because the network had not obtained a license to broadcast live from Egypt. Last week Egyptian security forces raided the offices of the Egyptian affiliate of Al-Jazeera, sparking criticism of a perceived crackdown on news media and freedom of expression... More

Turkish PM, Abbas in Egypt ahead of Palestinian UN bid

Others | 13 September 2011
CAIRO: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday kicks off an 'Arab Spring' tour in Egypt, where a diplomatic flurry is underway ahead of a Palestinian push to win UN statehood and as Israel's regional ties hit a new low... More

11 September history tour of New York

Others | 11 September 2011
As the tenth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11 arrives, a number of sites, many in Lower Manhattan, are open to visitors who wish to better understand the events of that day and their aftermath, and to honour those who lost their lives in the attacks. Related slideshow: Building the Twin Towers: A tribute Perhaps the most long-awaited of these sites is the National September 11 Memorial, which will be dedicated on 11 September in a ceremony slated to be attended by President Barack Obama and other officials. Starting 12 September, the memorial will be open to the public... More

Military commander intervenes to end Aswan sectarian tensions

Others | 11 September 2011
CAIRO: The military commanders of the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan held separate meetings with Muslims and Copts in Merinab village Thursday evening to avert sectarian clashes triggered by the maintenance of a church. Muslims gathered in front of the church to prevent the construction of a dome, claiming that that the building was not a church but a guesthouse despite documents presented by Copts confirming it has been a licensed church for 80 years... More

Muslims Blockade Christian Village in Egypt, Demand Demolition of Church

Mary Abdelmassih | 11 September 2011
(AINA) -- Christians in the Upper Egyptian village of Elmarinab in Edfu, Aswan province, have been forbidden to leave their homes or buy food until they remove the dome of St. George's Church, which was rebuilt in its previous location. Village Muslims, backed by Muslim Salafists from neighboring villages, have threatened to demolish the church on Friday September 9 after prayers and use it as a mosque... More

Witnesses testify in trial of Mubaraks, Adly and aides

Others | 6 September 2011
CAIRO: A police official testifying at the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak said he heard over wireless networks “unilateral” orders to deploy firearms to protect the Ministry of Interior headquarters on Jan. 28. Witnesses for the prosecution appeared before the court for the first time in the third session of the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak... More

Protesters at Saudi embassy demand release of detainees, respect

Others | 4 September 2011
CAIRO: Protesters in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy on Sunday denounced the maltreatment of Egyptians in the Kingdom and demanded the release of Egyptian detainees, some held without charge, in Saudi prisons... More

Imbaba incident suspects trial adjourned

Others | 4 September 2011
On Sunday the trial of 48 suspects accused of sectarian violence in Imbaba in May was postponed until 2 October. Clashes between Muslims and Copts erupted after a Coptic woman was rumored to have converted to Islam but then held in the Virgin Mary Church in the Cairo suburb. The incident left 15 people dead and the church burnt... More

Liberal Egyptian party secures 100,000 members

Others | 28 August 2011
CAIRO: A liberal Egyptian party led by a Christian telecoms tycoon has positioned itself as the main challenger to Islamist parties in parliamentary elections in November, analysts said on Wednesday. The Free Egyptians Party, founded after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising in February, said it had reached a milestone figure of 100,000 members, making it the largest party after the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's best organized political force... More

Iftar for national unity at Mar Mina Church

Others | 28 August 2011
CAIRO – Mar Mina Church in Imbaba is preparing an iftar for national unity on Sunday, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reports on Saturday. The gathering will include senior Muslims and Christians, in order to stress the importance of such unity. “This event reflects the good relations between Egypt’s Muslims and Christians, who are part of the same fabric,” Cairo Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman, who will be participating in the iftar, was quoted by MENA as saying. .. More

Christian Blogger Jailed for Criticizing Egyptian Military Goes on Hunger Strike

Mary Abdelmassih | 25 August 2011
(AINA) -- Activist and blogger Dr. Michael Nabil Sanad, 25, began a hunger strike on Tuesday in his cell at Al-Marg prison, in Quliubia province, to protesting the deliberate disregard by the court in setting a hearing for his appeal, presented on July 14 against his prison sentence and the bad treatment he is receiving in prison... More

Israeli regrets over clash fail to end Egypt protests

Others | 21 August 2011
Thousands of Egyptians have rallied outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo for a second day over the deaths of five Egyptian policemen. One demonstrator climbed the building, took down the Israeli flag and replaced it with an Egyptian flag. Israel earlier expressed "regrets" over the incident on Thursday... More

Gaza rockets land in Egypt

Others | 21 August 2011
CAIRO - Rockets fired from Gaza early Sunday landed across the border in Egypt but caused no casualties, state television reported. "Several rockets from the Gaza Strip landed this morning in Egyptian territory in the region west of the Rafah terminal, without causing casualties," the television reported... More

Egypt's Double Standard in Muslim and Christian Abduction Cases

Mary Abdelmassih | 17 August 2011
(AINA) -- A 15-year-old Muslim girl, Zeina, was abducted on April 3, 2011 by gunmen in two cars as she was on her way to school in the family car. The driver was beaten and tied up by the kidnappers while the girl was forced into another car. A ransom of 5,000,000 Egyptian pounds was demanded for her return from her wealthy father Effat El-Sadat, a relative of former Egyptian President Anware Sadat. The kidnappers drove Zeina through three Nile Delta provinces before releasing her near a cafeteria on the Cairo to Alexandria desert road, after getting the ransom... More

Hosni Mubarak trial: Egypt ex-president back in court

Others | 15 August 2011
The trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak has resumed in the capital, Cairo. Mr Mubarak, 83, faces the death penalty if found guilty of ordering the killing of protesters in this year's uprising. He was again wheeled into court on a hospital bed, exchanging words with his sons Alaa and Gamal. The judge struggled to retain order, then turned to the presentation of evidence. Alaa and Gamal are also on trial. They deny charges of corruption... More

El-Adli's trial adjourned to September 5

Others | 14 August 2011
CAIRO (Updated) The trial of Egypt's former interior minister Habib el-Adli and six of his deputies on Sunday was adjourned to September 5, the official Middle East News Agency reported. El-Adli is accused of being involved in giving orders to his officers to kill unarmed protesters during the 18-day revolution. According to official reports more than 8,00 were killed and about 6,000 injured in the violence against protesters during the revolt... More

USAID director didn't leave Cairo due to 'anti-American sentiment', says embassy

Others | 14 August 2011
CAIRO: US diplomats in Cairo denied Friday any link between the departure of the director of the USAID in Egypt and complaints by the Department of State about rising “anti-American sentiment” in Egypt. Jim Bever departed his post after less than one year one day after the US raised concerns with Egypt's interim military rulers about rising anti-Americanism in the country... More

Muslims Attack Christian Village in Egypt -1 Murdered, Homes Looted and Torched

Mary Abdelmassih | 10 August 2011
(AINA) -- Muslims attacked Christians in the village of Nazlet Faragallah, in the southern Egyptian Minya province, on Sunday evening. The attack continued until the early hours of Monday morning, August 8. One Copt was murdered and homes were looted and torched when Muslims from Nazlet Faragallah together with Muslims from four neighboring villages started their violence at approximately 8 PM, after breaking their Ramadan fast... More