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Sep 14, 2012

Egyptians clash with police near U.S. embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam clashed on Friday in Cairo for a third day with police who blocked the way to the U.S. embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

“God is Greatest” and “There is no god but God”, one group near the front of the clashes chanted, as police in riot gear fired teargas and threw stones in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby.

Sep 14, 2012

Clashes in Egypt over film, protests spread

CAIRO Sept 14 (Reuters) – Demonstrators furious at a film
they say insults the Prophet Mohammad clashed with police near
the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Friday before a nationwide protest
called by the Muslim Brotherhood which propelled Egypt’s
Islamist president to power.

Protesters also clashed with police in Yemen, where one
person died and 15 were injured on Thursday when the U.S.
embassy compound was stormed, and crowds gathered against the
California-made film in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Iraq.

Sep 14, 2012

Egyptians clash with police barring way to U.S. embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians angry at a film they said was blasphemous to Islam on Friday hurled stones at a line of police in Cairo blocking the route to the U.S. embassy, where demonstrators climbed the walls and tore down the American flag earlier this week.

“God is greatest” and “There is no god but God”, one group near the front of the clashes chanted, as police in riot gear fired tear gas and threw stones back in a street leading from Tahrir Square to the embassy nearby.

Sep 13, 2012
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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church to choose new pope in December

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(The body of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, is displayed for public viewing inside the Abbasiya Cathedral in Cairo March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church will choose a new pope on December 2, after Pope Shenouda who led the church for four decades died in March and left many Christians worrying about their rights under an Islamist-led government.

Sep 13, 2012

U.S. embassies attacked in Yemen, Egypt after Libya envoy killed

SANAA/CAIRO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Demonstrators attacked the
U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a
film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American warships
headed to Libya after the death of the U.S. ambassador there in
related violence earlier in the week.

Hundreds of Yemeni demonstrators broke through the main gate
of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa, shouting “We
sacrifice ourselves for you, Messenger of God”. Earlier they
smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and
burned cars.

Sep 13, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi condemns embassy attack, protesters clash

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president said on Thursday he supported peaceful protest but not attacks on embassies, after Egyptians angry at a film deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad climbed into the U.S. embassy in Cairo and tore down the American flag.

Highlighting the challenge facing President Mohamed Mursi, demonstrators hurled stones at a police cordon blocking their approach to the fortress-like embassy as his televised address was broadcast on Thursday. Police fired teargas back.

Sep 11, 2012

EU states working on new Iran sanctions, Hague says

CAIRO (Reuters) – European Union states are putting together a new set of sanctions to increase pressure on Iran to give up its controversial nuclear activity, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We are working on those sanctions … quite urgently and I hope we will be able to discuss them further when we meet again in the middle of October,” he said in an interview at the British embassy in Cairo.

Sep 9, 2012

Egypt sees IMF deal in two months, eyes World Bank aid

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s prime minister expects to conclude a $4.8 billion IMF loan deal within two months and is in talks for additional budget support worth about $1 billion from the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB), he said on Sunday.

Egypt has had on-off negotiations with the International Monetary Fund since last year, when a popular uprising unseated the country’s president and sent the economy into a tailspin.

Sep 9, 2012

Egypt’s PM to put economic focus on growth, deficit cut

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new prime minister said on Sunday he was finalising an economic reform plan that would rein in hefty subsidies and said the economy is expected to grow in the current financial year by 3 to 4 percent or more if investment goals are achieved.

Hisham Kandil told Reuters in a rare interview that the government aims to cut the budget deficit, now running at about 8 percent of gross domestic product, by 1 percentage point in two years although he said that target was “dynamic”.

Sep 9, 2012

Exclusive: Egypt’s PM to put economic focus on growth, deficit cut

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new prime minister said on Sunday he was finalizing an economic reform plan that would rein in hefty subsidies and said the economy is expected to grow in the current financial year by 3 to 4 percent or more if investment goals are achieved.

Hisham Kandil told Reuters in a rare interview that the government aims to cut the budget deficit, now running at about 8 percent of gross domestic product, by 1 percentage point in two years although he said that target was “dynamic”.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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