CAIRO, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Egypt plans to invite an IMF
mission to Cairo within a week, the government said on Thursday,
signalling an imminent resumption of negotiations over a $4.8
billion loan as it struggles with an acute foreign currency
Planning Minister Ashraf al-Araby said foreign investment in
Egypt had all but dried up and announced grim economic data,
exposing the depth of the country’s financial crisis before
elections expected in the spring.
CAIRO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – A deal that would see Bill Gates
and other U.S. investors inject $1 billion in fertilizer and
construction firm OCI NV has been hampered by Egyptian
regulators’ request for clarification of the deal.
The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) wanted
more information on an offer by Dutch-listed OCI NV to acquire
ordinary shares of its Egyptian-listed subsidiary Orascom
Construction Industries, OCI NV said.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Islamists rallied in Cairo on Friday in support of Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood president who has been the target of protester rage in weeks of violent demonstrations.
Repeating the pattern of recent weeks, Mursi’s opponents rallied again on Friday, this time gathering outside El-Quba, one of the presidential palaces in the northern suburbs of Cairo. The activists dubbed it “Checkmate Friday”.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Islamists protested in Cairo on Friday against violence that has marred anti-government demonstrations, showing support for President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected head of state last year.
The “Together against Violence” rally was called by a hardline Salafi Islamist group that waged an armed revolt against the state in the 1990s.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A run on Egypt’s pound has left foreign currency in short supply and driven some dealers into the streets in search of people with U.S. dollars to sell, spawning a new black market.
The currency’s decline was triggered by a political uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011 and it has officially lost 8 percent of its value since December 30.
Dozens of Saudi clerics staged a rare protest in front of the Royal Court on Tuesday against King Abdullah’s decision to appoint women to a body that advises the government on new laws, a sign of growing conservative unease at modest social reforms.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – More than 100 Saudi clerics have signed a petition calling for fair hearings for prisoners held on security grounds in the conservative kingdom, which has arrested thousands of people in a campaign against Islamist militants.
The petition, prompted by the detention earlier this month of 11 women who staged a protest to demand the release of jailed relatives, also called on the authorities to treat women prisoners properly.
RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has appointed women to a fifth of the seats in the Shura Council, which advises the government on new legislation, state media said on Friday.
The king said in 2011 that women would join the unelected 150-member body, which functions like a parliament but without formal powers. He did not then specify how many would serve.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 9 (Reuters) – In the heart of
Saudi Arabia’s sprawling Red Sea port city of Jeddah,
centuries-old buildings tilt and buckle above the historic
district’s narrow alleys, withering away in the absence of
decisive action to protect them.
The seventh-century historic district, with its mud and
coral town houses adorned with ornate wooden balconies, holds
the only remnants of the traditional architecture of the Hijaz,
as the western Arabian Peninsula is known.
JEDDAH/DUBAI, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Foreign airlines may need
about three to six months to obtain operating licences letting
them enter Saudi Arabia’s domestic aviation market, a spokesman
for the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) said on
GACA announced on Friday that Qatar Airways and Bahrain’s
national carrier Gulf Air had become the first foreign
airlines to obtain carrier licences under which they would be
able to run local and international flights in the kingdom.