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Jan 25, 2013

Future of London Olympic stadium “to be secured in March”

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – British Olympic chiefs, keen to
secure a lasting future for London’s splashy sporting arenas,
hope to find a permanent tenant for its centrepiece stadium by
March – a deal seen as a barometer of the project’s financial
health.

Six months since London won worldwide kudos for hosting the
Games, wrangling over the future of the stadium is seen as a
litmus test for Britain’s ability to turn the sprawling Olympics
complex into a new and vibrant part of London.

Jan 23, 2013

Big words, little action in UK’s campaign against Sahara jihadists

LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Britain has vowed a tough
response against militants in North Africa, but behind its tough
language lies the ugly reality of a fast-shrinking army, deep
budget cuts and little U.S. interest in another costly war in a
distant desert.

Enraged by the death of British citizens in a hostage taking
crisis in Algeria, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a
global response to jihadist threats in North Africa and warned
it could take decades to tame the increasingly volatile region.

Jan 13, 2013

IMF deal will help Egypt’s ailing economy – EU’s Rompuy

CAIRO (Reuters) – A senior EU official urged Egypt on Sunday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.

Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people’s confidence in the government.

Jan 13, 2013

EU’s Rompuy: IMF deal will help Egypt’s ailing economy

CAIRO (Reuters) – A senior EU official urged Egypt on Sunday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.

Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people’s confidence in the government.

Jan 13, 2013

Egypt opens old wound with Mubarak retrial

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt ordered a retrial of deposed president Hosni Mubarak on Sunday after accepting an appeal against his life sentence, opening up an old wound in the painful transition from decades of authoritarian rule.

Mubarak, 84, was ousted in 2011 after 30 years in power and jailed for life last year over the killing of protesters by security forces trying to quell a mass street revolt.

Jan 10, 2013

Syria overshadows Iran charm offensive in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Shi’ite Iran, increasingly isolated over its nuclear programme, tried to improve ties with Egypt on Thursday, playing down differences over Syria and seeking to reduce sectarian tensions by courting the country’s top Sunni scholar.

Iran has been at odds with the Arab world’s most populous nation since Tehran’s Islamic revolution in 1979. But a new era of Egyptian politics that followed the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak has led to more contacts.

Jan 9, 2013

Exhausted Egyptians count cost of political turmoil

ZAGAZIG, Egypt (Reuters) – These days, craftsmen, shopkeepers and other inhabitants of the Egyptian Delta town of Zagazig are often too busy making ends meet to ponder why life seems to be getting harder every day.

But when, exhausted, they finally come home and sit down to their evening meal, conversations inevitably turn to growing hardship and the frightening prospect of cuts in food subsidies as the economy slides further into crisis.

Jan 6, 2013

Egypt strengthens Islamist role in cabinet, eyes IMF deal

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt reshuffled its government on Sunday to strengthen Islamist control and pledged to complete talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan deal to stave off a currency crisis that risks igniting more unrest.

A senior IMF official is due in Cairo on Monday to meet Egyptian leaders over the deal, which was postponed last month to give Egypt more time to tackle political tensions before introducing unpopular austerity measures.

Jan 2, 2013

Egyptian pound hits new low amid doubts over economy

CAIRO, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The Egyptian pound fell to record
lows and debt insurance costs soared on Wednesday despite
assurances by the country’s Islamist leaders they would not
allow the Arab world’s most populous nation to slide further
into economic crisis.

The central bank imposed new rules to conserve its foreign
reserves, and the finance minister sought to inject optimism by
saying the pound would soon stabilise – a promise economists
dismissed immediately as too ambitious.

Dec 30, 2012

No end to Syria war if sides refuse to talk: envoy

CAIRO (Reuters) – The U.N.-Arab League negotiator for Syria called on Sunday for outside help to get the warring parties talking to each other, without which he said the country’s 21-month civil war would not end.

Speaking in Egypt after visiting Moscow and Damascus in the past week, Lakhdar Brahimi said the situation in Syria had deteriorated sharply, but a solution was still possible under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.