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Aug 21, 2011

Analysis: Row over killings shows Egypt-Israel ties cooling

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s stern rebuke to Israel over the deaths of five Egyptian security personnel is the clearest sign yet of cooling ties as Cairo’s military rulers try to appease a newly-assertive public largely antagonistic to the Jewish state.

The Arab world’s most populous nation is unlikely to scrap its 1979 peace treaty with Israel, cornerstone of a brittle power balance in the region, despite popular pressure following the overthrow of U.S.-friendly leader Hosni Mubarak in February.

Aug 18, 2011

Insight: Arab Spring raises hopes of rebirth for Mideast science

CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) – Egyptian chemist Ahmed Zewail first proposed building a $2 billion science and technology institute in Cairo 12 years ago, just after he won a Nobel Prize. Then-President Hosni Mubarak promptly approved the plan and awarded Zewail the Order of the Nile, Egypt’s highest honor. Within months, the cornerstone was laid in a southern Cairo suburb for a “science city” due to open in five years.

But while Zewail, who has taught at Caltech in California since 1976, went on to collect more awards and honorary doctorates abroad, his pet project got mired in a jungle of bureaucracy and corruption.

Aug 18, 2011

Arab Spring raises hopes of rebirth for Mideast science

CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Egyptian chemist
Ahmed Zewail first proposed building a $2 billion science and
technology institute in Cairo 12 years ago, just after he won a
Nobel Prize. Then-President Hosni Mubarak promptly approved the
plan and awarded Zewail the Order of the Nile, Egypt’s highest
honour. Within months, the cornerstone was laid in a southern
Cairo suburb for a “science city” due to open in five years.

But while Zewail, who has taught at Caltech in California
since 1976, went on to collect more awards and honorary
doctorates abroad, his pet project got mired in a jungle of
bureaucracy and corruption.

Aug 17, 2011

Egypt’s revived anti-graft law may net Mubarak

By Sami Aboudi

(Reuters) – Egypt’s government revived an amended version of a 60-year-old anti-corruption law on Wednesday, the state news agency MENA said, in a move that could affect the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his aides.

Egyptians who camped in downtown Cairo in July to press for faster political reforms have also demanded that Mubarak and officials in his administration be tried for political corruption, prompting the cabinet to look into reviving a law drafted after the 1952 revolution that overthrew the monarchy.

Jul 28, 2011

Egypt media gains reversed by military rulers

CAIRO (Reuters) – - Hafez Al Mirazi spent weeks preparing for his new primetime talk show on state television. But one week before “Cairo Local Time” was scheduled to start, an army general ordered it put on hold.

Mirazi was told that the format for the show broke rules requiring more than one host, an explanation that the veteran journalist saw as an excuse to keep him off the airwaves of state television.

Jul 22, 2011

Egyptian protesters refuse to quit Tahrir Square

Cairo (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptians braved scorching heat on Friday to demonstrate against the ruling military council, refusing to dismantle a protest camp they had set up two weeks ago in central Cairo.

“Down, down with the rule of the military,” they chanted after performing Friday prayers in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February. “We, the people are the red line,” they added.

Jul 18, 2011

Egyptian PM taken to hospital, new cabinet delayed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was taken to hospital because of blood pressure problems on Monday, and the swearing in of a much-changed cabinet was delayed.

Sharaf, 59, underwent medical tests in Dar al-Fouad hospital in Cairo after suffering a fall in blood pressure, the state MENA news agency reported. A cabinet source said Sharaf later left the hospital.

Jul 16, 2011

Egypt PM picks two deputies ahead of cabinet change

CAIRO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has chosen a leader of one of Egypt’s oldest political parties and an economist to be his deputies as part of a planned cabinet reshuffle, state news agency MENA said Saturday.

The prime minister also announced on his Facebook page that he had accepted the resignation of his Foreign Minister, Mohammed El-Orabi. MENA said Orabi resigned to pave the way for the reshuffle.

Jul 15, 2011

Egyptians want justice, better living conditions

CAIRO, July 15 (Reuters) – Holding a portrait of a young
man, Hamed Fikri’s eyes welled with tears as he listened to a
speaker in Cairo’s Tahrir Square demand justice for those killed
in the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.

“I came here to get some solace,” said the 58-year-old
Fikri, a local government employee whose 34-year-old son, Ahmed,
was shot dead by police on the first day of the uprising on Jan.
25 while returning home from work.

Jul 15, 2011

Egyptians extend protest, say army not doing enough

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, keeping up pressure on the ruling generals to implement reforms more swiftly and to try ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his aides.

But the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most organized group, said it was not participating and said the authorities must have time to respond to demands first made at a mass rally last week.