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Sep 17, 2011

Egypt, Ethiopia to review impact of mega dam

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt and Ethiopia have agreed to set up a technical team to review the impact of a $4.8-billion Nile river dam which Addis Ababa announced in March, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said in Cairo on Saturday.

Egypt has been worried over changes to colonial-era treaties since Nile basin nations, including Ethiopia, signed a deal last year that strips Cairo of the right to the lion’s share of the river’s waters and effectively removes its veto power over dam projects.

Sep 11, 2011

Egypt army ruler testimony at Mubarak trial delayed

CAIRO (Reuters) – The head of Egypt’s ruling army council postponed his appearance at the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, saying he was busy with the security situation, media reported on Sunday days after a spike in anti-Israel violence.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi was due to testify behind closed doors on Sunday, under a complete news blackout.

Sep 11, 2011

Egypt vows to try those who targeted Israel mission

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army rulers vowed on Saturday to try those behind the violence that pushed Israel to evacuate its ambassador from Cairo, as they struggled to contain public fury against the Jewish state while fending off U.S. criticism.

Washington, which has poured billions of dollars in military aid into Egypt since it made peace with Israel in 1979, urged Cairo to protect the mission after protesters hurled embassy documents from the windows of the building and removed and burned the Israeli flag.

Sep 10, 2011

Egyptians attack Israel embassy, ambassador evacuated

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the building housing Israel’s mission in Cairo and threw embassy documents and its national flag from windows, while state television said on Saturday that Israel’s envoy, his family and staff had been flown home.

The Interior Ministry said at least 450 protesters were injured during a day of confrontations with police, who used teargas and fired in the air in an effort to disperse them. State television said 46 police were injured.

Sep 10, 2011

Egyptians attack Israel embassy, ambassador said to flee

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the building housing Israel’s mission in Cairo and threw embassy documents and its national flag from windows, while airport sources said on Saturday that Israel’s envoy was set to fly out of the country.

The Interior Ministry said at least 450 protesters were injured during a day of confrontations with police, who used teargas and fired blanks in the air in an effort to disperse them.

Sep 10, 2011

Egyptian protesters pull down Israel embassy wall

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists destroyed a wall around the Israeli embassy and set police cars on fire in Cairo on Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for reforms and an end to military trials for civilians.

Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on February 11 have been piling pressure on the ruling military council to fix a date for parliamentary and presidential elections and to get rid of senior officials who served under Mubarak.

Sep 9, 2011

Egyptians demolish Israel embassy wall at protest

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian activists demolished a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo Friday after thousands demonstrated at Tahrir Square to push for a timetable for transition to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

Activists who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February have been piling pressure on the ruling military council to fix a date for parliamentary and presidential elections and to get rid of officials who served under Mubarak.

Sep 9, 2011

Egyptian protesters back in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptian activists returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday for a day of protests demanding a clear road map to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

People who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February gave a “Correcting the Path” billing to the latest protests — the first since police cleared activists who had camped in Tahrir Square in July.

Sep 9, 2011

Egyptian protesters return to Cairo’s Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptian activists gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to launch a day of demonstrations demanding a clear road map to democracy and an end to military trials for civilians.

People who spearheaded an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February gave a “Correcting the Path” billing to the latest protests. The demonstrations could give a sign of popular sentiment toward the ruling military council since Mubarak went on trial last month.

Sep 8, 2011

Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza: Erdogan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.

Raising the stakes in Turkey’s row with Israel over its refusal to apologize for the killings, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al Jazeera television that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources in the Mediterranean.