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BREAKING: 'Virginity tests' doctor acquitted

Others | 11 March 2012
A military court on Sunday acquitted Dr Ahmed Adel El-Mogy of carrying out "virginity tests" on seven women. The incident took place after military personnel dispersed a sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 9 March 2011. A number of female detainees were tortured and subjected to “virginity tests.”.. More

Investigation into MP accused of 'insulting' Tantawi adjourned to Monday

Others | 11 March 2012
The Parliament’s ethics committee has adjourned the investigation into MP Zyad Elelaimy, accused of insulting Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Salafi preacher Mohamed Hassan, until Monday, state TV reported on Saturday. Last month during a rally in Port Said, Elelaimy accused Tantawi of being responsible for killing Egyptians... More

Egypt's Premier League cancelled

Others | 11 March 2012
CAIRO - The Executive Committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Anwar Saleh, has decided to cancel the Premier League 2011-12 season, holding instead a friendly tournament called ‘The Martyrs’ Cup’. Effat el-Sadat, the President of Al-Ittihad Club of Alexandria, made this announcement Saturday, at the end of an EFA meeting. .. More

Socialist MP announces presidential bid

Others | 8 March 2012
Socialist Popular Alliance Party MP Abul Ezz al-Hariry announced on Tuesday he plans to run for president in the upcoming election. During an interview on “Studio al-Qahira” talk show aired by Saudi satellite channel Al-Arabiya, Hariry said as president he would stop gas exports to Israel. .. More

SCAF Advisory Council chief announces bid for Egyptian presidency

Others | 8 March 2012
The head of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' (SCAF) Advisory Council, Mansour Hassan, announced his intention Wednesday to join the presidential race that officially kicks off Saturday. Hassan, 75, is a veteran politician who served in key executive posts under late president Anwar El-Sadat — including as minister of state affairs for information and culture — and was considered by the late president as a replacement for Hosni Mubarak as vice president days before Sadat was killed by Islamists on 6 October 1981... More

Asmaa Mahfouz appeals against ‘vengeful’ complaint, court postpones trial to 17 April

Others | 8 March 2012
The Ain Shams Misdemeanor Court on Wednesday postponed the trial of Asmaa Mahfouz, an activist accused of assaulting a citizen, to 17 April. Mahfouz was sentenced in absentia to one year in prison and fined LE2,000 for physically assaulting one of the witnesses in the Maspero case, the incident in which 27 mostly-Coptic protestors were killed when the army brutally dispersed a peaceful protest last October... More

Aboul-Naga: Parliament lacks authority to dissolve El-Ganzouri govt

Others | 8 March 2012
International Cooperation Minister Fayza Aboul-Naga has declared that Egypt's Parliament is not legally entitled to issue a vote of no-confidence in the current interim government. Nor, she said, was it entitled to appoint a new government... More

Complaint accuses public figures of insulting armed forces

Others | 8 March 2012
The public prosecution has referred a report accusing several activists, public figures, MPs and media professionals of insulting the armed forces to the military prosecution, a judicial source said. The same source said the report, filed by a citizen named Mohamed Salah Zaghloul, accuses certain public figures of seeking to bring down the state... More

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