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Parliament solicits public opinion on constituent assembly makeup

Others | 7 March 2012
A joint parliamentary committee will meet Saturday to discuss proposals submitted by MPs, institutions and citizens regarding criteria for the formation of the constituent assembly that will write Egypt’s new constitution, MENA reported. In a statement issued Tuesday, the joint committee — which includes members from the general committees of both houses of Parliament — complained about not receiving any proposals from citizens or the Judges Club. The committee said it has received 55 proposals in two days, all of which were submitted by MPs and party members... More

Dozens protest to demand release of April 6 Youth Movement activist

Others | 7 March 2012
Dozens of April 6 Youth Movement members and ultras football group members organized a protest Wednesday morning outside the Abdeen prosecution building in downtown Cairo to demand the release of April 6 movement member George Ramzy... More

Four 'safe-exit' scenarios for Egypt's military rulers

Others | 7 March 2012
The role and position of the army after the ruling military council hands over power to a civilian president is one of the main areas of debate between presidential candidates, political parties and revolutionaries as Egyptians talk about writing a new constitution, electing a new president and putting an end to the military-governed transitional period... More

Group plans conference to support former VP for president

Others | 7 March 2012
Former Vice President Omar Suleiman has not yet decided whether he will run for president, but his decision is expected to be announced soon, the Facebook page campaigning for him has said. The page said it is planning a big conference for Friday to call on Egyptians to support Suleiman for president. .. More

Retired Israeli general: Egypt's generals urged us to pummel Gaza

Others | 6 March 2012
WASHINGTON, DC — Egypt supported Israel’s escalation of violence against the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead in 2008 to 2009, a retired Israeli general said at a conference on Monday. The operation resulted in more than a thousand Palestinian deaths, and many say Israel committed war crimes during the assault... More

Egypt PM meets with ministers to discuss NGO fallout

Others | 6 March 2012
Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri held a meeting on Monday with a ministerial security committee to discuss the latest developments in the foreign-funded NGO case. The meeting comes in the wake of the Thursday departure of several foreign NGO workers indicted in the case from the country... More

Egyptian Court Sentences Priest to Six Months for Excess Church Height

Others | 6 March 2012
(AINA) -- A court in Edfu has sentenced Reverend Makarios Bolous, pastor of St. George's Church in the village of Elmarinab, Edfu, in the Aswan province, to six months prison and a fine of 300 pounds for violations in the height of the church building. The court also ordered the removal of the excess height... More

April 6 movement calls State Security dissolution a lie

Others | 6 March 2012
The dissolution and purging of the State Security Investigations Services by the government last year was a “lie,” the April 6 Youth Movement Democratic Front in Alexandria said Monday. In a statement marking the first anniversary of the dissolution, it accused the service that replaced State Security, the National Security Agency, of practicing the same “shameful acts” against activists... More

Egyptians abroad begin online voter registration

Pope Shenouda III | 6 March 2012
Voter registration for Egyptians living abroad who will cast ballots for the upcoming presidential election began Monday, the Foreign Ministry announced. Ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy said the ministry, in coordination with the Presidential Elections Commission, overcame severe time constraints in opening registration... More

Women step up fight for equal pay

Others | 6 March 2012
A cross-party women’s alliance has been launched in Bern to campaign for equal pay for women for equal work. Women still earn on average 18.4 per cent less than men doing exactly the same job despite the fact that the law on sex equality has been in force since 1981, and wage discrimination has been illegal for 15 years... More

Australian state toughens law for Muslim face veils

Others | 5 March 2012
CANBERRA, Australia — Muslim women in Australia’s most populous state will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws giving New South Wales officials authority to look under religious face coverings. New South Wales state Attorney General Greg Smith said in a statement on Monday that beginning 30 April, officials such as justices of the peace and lawyers who witness statutory declarations or affidavits without making identity checks will be fined 220 Australian dollars (US$236)... More

MPs call for severing ties with US over departure of indicted foreigners

Others | 5 March 2012
Last week’s lifting of a travel ban on a handful of US nationals accused of carrying out unlicensed NGO activities – and their subsequent departure from the country – triggered sharp reactions from parliamentarians on Sunday. A large number of members of the People’s Assembly – the lower house of Egypt's parliament – used scheduled meetings of parliamentary committees to vent their anger at the lifting of the travel ban and for what they called "the double standards" inherent in US policy... More

Mubarak's lawyer to head Ahmed Ezz's defense team

Others | 5 March 2012
Cairo Criminal Court adjourned to 1 April the third session of the trial of Ahmed Ezz, the country's top steel magnate, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. In Saturday’s session prominent lawyer Farid al-Deeb, who represents ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, told the court that he will head Ezz's defense team... More

Army impartial toward all parties, says Tantawi

Others | 5 March 2012
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, on Sunday said that the armed forces consider the interests of the country above all else, and that the army is not a substitute for legitimacy. He also said that the armed forces are impartial to all political parties... More

A campaign to support the MP "Ziad al-Alimi", against the forces of darkness

Others | 4 March 2012
Group of "Egyptians Against Religious Discrimination" has launched signatures campaign to support the MP "Ziad al-Alimi" and adressed all honorable Egyptians: members and organizations of civil society and parties; to support the MP," Ziad al-Alimi" against the forces of darkness by signing a statement by name and job... More

Plane carrying foreign NGO workers leaves Egypt

Others | 2 March 2012
A plane carrying 17 foreign NGO workers took off for Cyprus at 7pm (17:00 GMT) Thursday after a travel ban was lifted Wednesday evening, according to Ahram's Arabic language portal. Sam LaHood, son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, is among the handful of Americans onboard the plane, official news agency MENA reported... More

Chinese workers freed after Cairo kidnapping: Embassy

Others | 1 March 2012
Two Chinese workers, kidnapped for ransom in Cairo on Thursday in a sign of growing insecurity a year after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, were released after several hours, an embassy official said. "They are free," embassy spokesperson Lu Jingchun told AFP, without providing details of how the pair's release had been secured. Earlier, another embassy official told AFP the kidnappers were seeking a ransom payment... More

Only Sharia law can fully destroy Mubarak regime, says Al-Qaeda leader

Others | 1 March 2012
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman El-Zawahiri has released a video on the internet in which he says only the imposition of Islamic Sharia law can completely rid Egypt of the Mubarak regime. El-Zawahiri, who became Al-Qaeda chief after Osama Bin Laden was assassinated last year, said Egypt must stop being at the US's beck and call and begin a new chapter by annulling the Camp David agreement with Israel... More

Lawsuit of defamation of religions against Eng.Sawirus is dismissed

Others | 1 March 2012
“Dismissing the lawsuits agianst Naguib Sawirus by “kasr Al Nil” court, which accused him of defamation of Islamic religion, is asserting a legal rule concerning such cases which is destined for the Attorney General by Egyptian law” said Dr. Naguib Gebrael, the head of the Egyptian Federation for Human Rights. Adding that the court declared the lawsuits were dismissed as they were raised by some lawyers who are not meant to raise such cases... More

Masked men break into a pharmacy of a Coptic man in Nag Hammadi

Others | 1 March 2012
Three masked men with automatic guns have broken into “El Horia” pharmacy which is run by pharmacist “Ramy Yacoub” and is owned by one of his relatives in Nag Hammadi. The pharmacy is located behind a police station in Nag Hamadi in the governorate of Qena... More

Judges in Egypt NGOs case abruptly recuse themselves, trial delayed

Others | 1 March 2012
Three judges in charge of handling the recent government case against a number of US and Egyptian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) announced Tuesday afternoon that they have recused themselves "for reasons of discomfort," without giving an explanation... More