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Feb 28, 2012

Egyptian middleman bought fake Avastin from Turkey

CAIRO, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Fake versions of the
multibillion-dollar cancer drug Avastin were purchased in Turkey
before being traded by middlemen across the Middle East and
Europe to the United States, an Egyptian businessman involved
said on Tuesday.

Milad Kamal Ayad, who works on commission for Egyptian firm
SAWA, told Reuters he sourced 167 packets of Avastin from
Turkey, via a Syrian businessman also based in Egypt, for
Swiss-based Hadicon AG.

Feb 26, 2012

Insight: As government-in-waiting, Egypt’s Brotherhood finds voice

CAIRO (Reuters) – At the end of January, a guest speaker drew an unusually large audience of diplomats to the 33rd floor auditorium at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo. For latecomers, there was standing room only.

What made the event unique wasn’t the turnout, but the speaker: Mohamed Morsy, a leading figure in the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had come to outline his group’s vision of Egypt’s place in the world.

Feb 26, 2012

As govt-in-waiting, Egypt’s Brotherhood finds voice

CAIRO (Reuters) – At the end of January, a guest speaker drew an unusually large audience of diplomats to the 33rd floor auditorium at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo. For latecomers, there was standing room only.

What made the event unique wasn’t the turnout, but the speaker: Mohamed Morsy, a leading figure in the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had come to outline his group’s vision of Egypt’s place in the world.

Feb 21, 2012

Egyptian firm in fake Avastin scam proves elusive

CAIRO, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The trail of counterfeit
copies of the multibillion-dollar cancer drug Avastin leads to
an address in a crowded Cairo suburb, with no sign of the firm
named by international suppliers as the source of the product.

Last week’s discovery in the United States of the fake
Avastin — containing no active ingredient — sent shock-waves
through the medical community by showing how even expensive
injectable medicines, not just pills like Viagra and Lipitor,
are at risk from criminal counterfeiters.

Feb 14, 2012

Insight: Arabs open way for arming Syrians, civil war feared

CAIRO (Reuters) – After a bruising meeting in a five-star Cairo hotel, Arab foreign ministers led by Gulf states hinted to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that unless he halts his violent crackdown, some Arab League members might arm his opponents.

The message was folded into Article 9 of a League resolution passed on Sunday that urges Arabs to “provide all kinds of political and material support” to the opposition, a phrase that includes the possibility of giving weapons to Assad’s foes.

Feb 9, 2012

Arabs to discuss joint U.N.-Arab mission to Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers will discuss a proposal next week to send a joint U.N.-Arab mission to Syria, a senior Arab League official said on Thursday, after a solely Arab team failed to end President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on protests.

Ministers meet in Cairo on Sunday to consider whether to extend or scrap an observer mission sent to Syria in December but which was criticized by Syria’s opposition, faced internal dissent and retreated to hotels for safety as violence surged.

Feb 6, 2012

Russia, China lose credit in Arab world: League chief

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Arab League chief said on Monday that Russia and China had lost diplomatic credit in the Arab world by vetoing a U.N. resolution on Syria and may have sent a message to Damascus that it had a free hand to crack down on protests.

But Nabil Elaraby said he would continue working with Moscow and Beijing and other U.N. Security Council members to end the violence that spiked on Monday with the bombardment of the Syrian city of Homs, which activists said killed 50 people.

Feb 5, 2012

NGO worker cases sent to Egypt court in funding row

CAIRO (Reuters) – The cases of 40 foreign and Egyptian activists, including 19 Americans subject to travel bans over their work for pro-democracy and other groups, have been referred to court, judicial sources said Sunday, deepening a row with the United States.

Washington, which provides $1.3 billion in military aid annually to Egypt, has strongly criticized the crackdown on the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which has taken place under the army-backed government. An unspecified number of U.S. citizens involved have sheltered in the U.S. embassy.

Feb 5, 2012

Cairo protesters demand early vote, clash with police

CAIRO (Reuters) – Protesters demanding a swift presidential election and an early handover of power by the army hurled rocks at police guarding the Egyptian interior ministry on Sunday and were forced back with volleys of tear gas.

It was the fourth day of clashes outside the ministry, in which seven people have died. Protesters accuse the ministry of failing to prevent the deaths last week of 74 people after a soccer match in the Mediterranean city of Port Said. Five more have died in Suez.

Feb 2, 2012

Egypt’s “ultras” soccer fans target ruling generals

CAIRO (Reuters) – Some of the Egyptian soccer fans who had a front-line role in toppling Hosni Mubarak have a new target – the man who replaced him at Egypt’s helm, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

“We want your head, you traitor Tantawi. You could have carved your name in history, but you were arrogant and you believed Egypt and its people could take a step back and forget their revolution,” the Ultras Tahrir Square (UTS), a group of soccer fans, wrote on its Facebook page.

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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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