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Mubarak was sole architect of Israel gas deal: Ex-oil minister's defence

Others | 1 May 2012
The defence team of Egypt’s ex-oil minister Sameh Fahmy has told a Cairo court that Hosni Mubarak was the sole architect of the deal providing cut-price gas exports to Israel, reports the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper... More

Poll: Moussa leads presidential candidates with 41.1%, Morsy last at 3.6%

Others | 1 May 2012
Presidential candidate Amr Moussa is consolidating his position as the favorite for more than 40 percent of Egyptians voters in the historical vote slated for 23 May, a new poll shows. Al-Ahram Centerfor Political and Strategic Studies surveyed Egyptians' favorite candidates for the election and published the results Monday... More

Abul-Naga dismisses reports of looming Egypt Cabinet shake-up

Others | 1 May 2012
Fayza Abul Naga, Egyptian minister of international cooperation, confirmed at a Monday press conference that there were no plans for a cabinet reshuffle, despite recent reports to the contrary. "I ask those who propagate rumours to fear God," the minister said... More

Saudi press: Rabble rousers defend Gizawy, not Egyptian govt

Others | 1 May 2012
Saudi Arabian newspapers on Monday shed light on the diplomatic crisis that has erupted between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Gulf kingdom withdrew its ambassador in Cairo following protests outside the embassy over the arrest of an Egyptian lawyer in Jeddah... More

Secular MPs criticize Parliament speaker over suspension of sessions

Others | 1 May 2012
Secular MPs severely criticized People’s Assembly Speaker Saad al-Katatny for his decision Sunday to suspend parliamentary sessions for a week over the Cabinet’s refusal to resign. .. More

91 injured after attack on protesters at defence ministry

Others | 30 April 2012
Deputy Health Minister Hisham Shiha stated Sunday that clashes near the Defence Ministry late Saturday left 91 injured and no fatalities. The injured were treated at Demerdash, Hussein, Dar El-Shefa and El-Nozha hospitals, Shiha added. Of the injured, 77 had light wounds... More

Moussa embarks on 3rd Upper Egypt presidential campaign tour

Others | 30 April 2012
Egyptian presidential hopeful Amr Moussa began a tour of Upper Egyptian cities on Sunday with the aim of promoting his electoral campaign. On Sunday afternoon, Moussa visited the Church of Mar Girgis in the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag, where he told church officials that he was an "independent candidate – not the candidate of any religious, government or military entity.".. More

Saudi, Egypt activists engage in online lovefest amid diplomatic row

Others | 30 April 2012
Hundreds of Saudi and Egyptian bloggers on Sunday expressed solidarity with one another on social-networking platform Twitter, amid an ongoing diplomatic row between their two countries. Only hours after the Saudi ambassador to Cairo departed Egypt on Sunday, Saudi activists created an Arabic-language hashtag on Twitter loosely translated as "an Egyptian influenced my life.".. More

President candidate Ali calls for withdrawal of Egypt ambassador from Saudi

Others | 30 April 2012
The Egyptian state continues to treat its nationals abroad with the same contempt that the former Mubarak regime did, presidential candidate Khaled Ali said in a statement Sunday. Last year's revolution, he said, "had been intended to restore Egyptian dignity both at home and abroad," he said... More

SCAF, political parties agree to 6 criteria for forming constituent assembly

Others | 30 April 2012
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has agreed with political parties in a meeting on Saturday on six main criteria by which the constituent assembly tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution will be formed. The 6 points agreed upon in the meeting include: .. More

BREAKING: Mubarak-era PM Shafiq back in presidential race

Others | 27 April 2012
Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) has accepted the appeal filed by Ahmed Shafiq on Wednesday against its Tuesday decision to exclude him from running for the country's highest office allowing him back into the presidential race, according to MENA... More

Abouelnaga denies govt informed Israel of intention to negotiate gas prices

Others | 27 April 2012
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Fayza Abouelnaga on Wednesday denied that the government informed Israel of its intention to negotiate the gas prices... More

Fears of stalled IMF loan negotiations after Parliament rejects govt statement

Others | 27 April 2012
The parliamentary majority’s refusal of the cabinet’s February briefing to Parliament has raised concerns of economists and bankers over the possible faltering of government negotiations of an International Monetary Fund loan. The IMF had stressed the need of obtaining government guarantees that the economic reform programs drafted by Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri’s cabinet would be implemented, to secure the US$3.2 billion loan... More

Mediation committee recommends forming Constituent Assembly from outside Parliament

Others | 27 April 2012
After four days of discussions, the mediation committee that was formed to end the impasse over the Constituent Assembly's current makeup agreed that the assembly should be formed from outside Parliament... More

Rising anger as fugitive Egypt minister 'roams free' in London

Others | 27 April 2012
The British government is facing embarrassing questions over the continued presence in London of Egypt's ex-finance minister Youssef Boutrous-Ghali despite an outstanding Interpol request for his arrest... More

Consortium: Not just payments behind Egypt gas halt to Israel

Others | 26 April 2012
The decision to halt Egyptian natural gas exports to Israel was not simply due to commercial differences, international shareholders in the consortium involved said on Wednesday, dismissing claims they were behind in payments... More

Military imposes tight security around Israeli memorial in Sinai

Others | 26 April 2012
Egypt's Armed Forces have placed Dayan’s Rock under tight security, using armored vehicles and earth mounds to protect the rock , in anticipation of a rally Wednesday when activists said they planned to paint it with the colors of the Egyptian flag... More

Shafiq appeals decision to exclude him from race

Others | 26 April 2012
A representative for presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq on Wednesday appealed a decision made to exclude the former prime minister from the upcoming race. Judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Presidential Elections Commission head Farouk Sultan would set a date within hours to consider the appeal, saying Shafiq had the right to appeal the political isolation law over its constitutionality... More

Egypt army pledges LE400 million in Sinai development to mark liberation day

Others | 26 April 2012
Egypt's military is pumping LE400 million of its funds into North Sinai development projects to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Israel's return of the territory, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Wednesday... More

Cairo at forefront of growing drug abuse problem in Egypt, research shows

Others | 26 April 2012
Drug abuse has increased in Egypt during the past five years, with the highest addiction rate in Cairo, according to a conference held Tuesday by the General Secretariat of Mental Health... More

Egyptians Protest Lawyer's Arrest in Saudi

Others | 25 April 2012
CAIRO—Hundreds of Egyptians protested outside the Saudi Embassy on Tuesday demanding the release of an Egyptian human-rights lawyer detained in Saudi Arabia for allegedly insulting the kingdom's monarch. .. More