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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.

Aug 28, 2011

Arab states urge end to Syria bloodshed, send envoy

AMMAN/CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab states told Syria on Sunday to “resort to reason” and end months of bloodshed after some of the most intense protests in Damascus since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

Arab League foreign ministers also agreed to send Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to Syria to push for political and economic reforms in the country ruled by Assad’s family for 41 years.

Aug 28, 2011

Arab League tells Syria to end bloodshed soon

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers told Syria on Sunday to work to end months of bloodshed “before it’s too late,” and decided to send Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to Damascus to push for political and economic reforms.

But in a conciliatory message to Damascus, the ministers also said after an extraordinary meeting in Cairo that Syria’s stability was crucial for the Arab World and the whole region.

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.