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Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court suspends embattled Constituent Assembly

Others | 10 April 2012
The Supreme Administrative Court blocked Egypt's constituent assembly Tuesday after ruling in favour of a recent lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the formation of the 100-member constituent assembly. The case was referred to the Commissioner's Office at State Council, which would then have the authority to move the lawsuit to Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC)... More

New blast hits Egypt gas pipeline serving Jordan, Israel

Others | 10 April 2012
CAIRO ­­— An explosion hit the Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday for 14th time since the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak began last year, security sources said. The blast took place in North Sinai at the entrance of the Mediterranean coastal town Arish. Residents in the city told Reuters they had heard the sound of the explosion... More

Bothaina Kamel says she has no regrets over dropping out of race

Others | 10 April 2012
Presidential hopeful Bothaina Kamel said she does not regret failing to collect the necessary signatures for her presidential candidacy, thereby dropping out of the race. "They were the best months of my life,” she said on her Facebook page, pointing to the period from her candidacy announcement until she pulled out... More

AUC rejects National Security Agency's accusations of incitement

Others | 10 April 2012
The American University in Cairo strongly rejects claims by the head of the National Security Agency that the school practices “suspicious” activities and incited the violence on Mohamed Mahmoud Street and at the cabinet sit-in at the end of last year, the university said in a Sunday statement... More

Ayman Nour: Ruling disqualifying my presidential bid is invalid

Others | 10 April 2012
Saturday's court ruling disqualifying Ayman Nour’s presidential bid is invalid and contains unprecedented legal errors, Nour said Sunday. He vowed to appeal the ruling and continue his run for president... More

Parliament rejects proposal to cancel women's right to divorce

Others | 10 April 2012
The People's Assembly’s Proposals and Complaints Committee has rejected a draft law proposing the cancellation of khula divorces, state-run news agency MENA said Sunday. The bill, which had been proposed by independent MP Mohamed al-Omda, the deputy head of the committee, would outlaw the Islamic practice of khula, which grants a woman the right to get a divorce in court if she pays her husband back their marriage settlement... More

Constituent Assembly should be dissolved, says party leader

Others | 9 April 2012
The only way to resolve the crisis of Islamist domination of the Constituent Assembly is to dissolve the body, said the Wasat Party president in a speech Sunday. Abul Ela Mady said the new constitution must be acceptable to all segments of society, and must regard Egypt’s national interest above all else... More

Egypt Parliament approves draft law on wage caps

Others | 9 April 2012
Parliament's budget and planning committee, headed up by Freedom and Justice Party MP Saad El-Husseini, has approved a draft law setting Egypt's national maximum monthly wage at LE50,000, some 35 times the official minimum wage, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday... More

Feminist union criticizes ultras' restriction on female protesters

Others | 9 April 2012
The Ultras Ahlawy sit-in’s ban on women at its protest site after 10 pm is a violation of citizens’ right to protest, according to a member of the Egyptian Feminist Union. “We cannot criticize Islamists for banning women from participating in protests when revolutionary forces do the same,” union member Omar Ahmed said on Sunday. “They even forbade them from smoking.”.. More

Egypt court rejects lawsuit contesting Orascom Telecom split

Others | 9 April 2012
Egypt's administrative court has thrown out a lawsuit protesting the split of Orascom Telecom into two separate companies. The Egyptian telecommunications giant was split earlier in 2012 following its partial sale to Russia's Vimpelcom the previous year. The spun-off assets now form Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH), mainly comprised of overseas interests and owned by Vimpelcom, and Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT)... More

Trial of Gharbiya security head, accused of killing protesters, adjourned to 9 June

Others | 9 April 2012
The Tanta Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned the trial of Gharbiya’s former security director and a number of other security officials and officers, all accused of killing protesters during the 25 January uprising last year, to 9 June to allow the court to hear defense witness testimony and examine material evidence... More

Omar Suleiman's supporters urge him to run for presidency

Others | 6 April 2012
Despite the statement Omar Suleiman issued to the media last Wednesday announcing that he will not run for president, his supporters have said that they still endorse the former vice president and will even try to convince him to change his mind and run in the presidential race... More

Journalists Syndicate formally quits Constituent Assembly

Others | 6 April 2012
The Journalists Syndicate announced on Thursday that it has formally withdrawn its representative from the Constituent Assembly, Mamdouh al-Waly, on the grounds that the assembly is not “balanced.”.. More

Police chief denies rocket attack on Israel from Sinai

Others | 6 April 2012
Major-General Mahmoud El-Hefnawy, police chief for South Sinai, denied reports in the Israeli media that rockets which struck the southern Israeli resort of Eilat were fired from the Sinai peninsula... More

Education Ministry to submit draft law on secondary education

Others | 6 April 2012
Head of the General Education Sector at the Education Ministry Reda Mossad told Al-Masry Al-Youm Thursday that the secondary school draft law is almost complete and will be submitted to the cabinet for discussion... More

ElBaradei demands transparent military budget

Others | 6 April 2012
Egypt's opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has waded into the debate on the role of the military with a Twitter comment that "the armed forces are a part of the executive authority" and therefore its budget and business interests should be not be separate from the rest of the national budget... More

Hawass denies smuggling antiquities

Others | 5 April 2012
Former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass on Tuesday asked the Public Funds Prosecution to adjourn investigating him on charges of smuggling Egyptian antiquities to the United States and Australia and squandering public funds until he submits documents proving his innocence... More

10 arrested in new French raids on radical Islamists: source

Others | 5 April 2012
French police swooped in on suspected radical Islamists in pre-dawn raids in several cities on Wednesday, arresting at least 10 people, a source close to the investigation said. The raids were notably carried out in the southern port city of Marseille as well as Roubaix near the Belgian border and in several other locations in the country's south and southwest, the source said... More

Government says fuel crisis diminishing

Others | 5 April 2012
Shortages of gasoline and diesel fuel have diminished on Tuesday in most areas, with the Petroleum Ministry pumping extra fuel to meet market needs, according to officials at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Domestic Trade... More

Tantawi discusses democratization with US Congress delegation

Others | 5 April 2012
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, on Tuesday met with Congressman David Dreier of the US House of Representatives and his accompanying delegation. The meeting discussed views on developments and rapid changes in the regional and international arenas, as well as the political transition toward democracy in Egypt, in light of the strategic relations between the two countries... More

Two ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covers seized in Jerusalem

Others | 5 April 2012
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has seized two painted sarcophagi covers from a shop in the Old City of Jerusalem. According to a statement send out by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities, the two covers were stolen and illegally smuggled out of the country after being modified to look like replicas... More