CAIRO, July 16 (Reuters) – The man who will run Egypt’s
Supply Ministry, managing subsidised fuel and bread that eat up
a quarter of the state budget, is a policeman who has spent a
career fighting rampant theft and corruption in that system.
Mohamed Abu Shadi, a 62-year-old police general, was for
several years the senior Interior Ministry official responsible
for investigating crime in the supply network. He was sworn in
on Tuesday in the interim government that is to run Egypt
following the army’s overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.
CAIRO, July 16 (Reuters) – Seven people were killed and more
than 260 wounded when supporters of Mohamed Mursi clashed with
the deposed president’s opponents and security forces through
the night as violence returned to Egypt’s streets.
Two people were killed at a bridge in central Cairo where
police and anti-Mursi locals clashed with some of his supporters
who were blocking a route across the River Nile. Another five
were killed in the Cairo district of Giza, said the head of
emergency services, Mohamed Sultan.
CAIRO, July 16 (Reuters) – Egyptian police and protesters
clashed in central Cairo early on Tuesday after fights broke out
between supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi
and locals angered when they tried to block major thoroughfares
crossing the River Nile.
The MENA state news agency said at least 22 people were
injured in the violence, which began just after 9 p.m. (1900
GMT) on Monday and lasted into the early hours of Tuesday.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas in central Cairo on Monday when protesters calling for the reinstatement of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by annoyed that they had blocked major roads.
Supporters of Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, threw rocks at police near Ramses Street, one of the capital’s main thoroughfares, and on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Nile in the first outbreak of violence in Egypt in a week.
CAIRO, July 15 (Reuters) – The first senior U.S. official to
visit Egypt since the army toppled the country’s elected
president will hold high-level talks on Monday in Cairo, where
thousands of supporters of the ousted Islamist leader are
expected to take to the streets.
Egyptians have been shocked by violent protests that have
killed 92 people. However, despite deep divisions between those
who supported and those who opposed overthrown President Mohamed
Mursi, they are united by their suspicion of Washington’s
OMDURMAN, Sudan, July 10 (Reuters) – When Chinese clothing
wholesaler Chan Cui Xiao signed a deal with a Sudanese
businessman to export colourful bed sheets to the African
country he was confident of making good money.
A few months later he is in serious financial trouble – he
shipped his goods to Sudan but did got paid and has rushed to
the country to try to track down his local business partner.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – When Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir returned a few weeks ago from a summit in Ethiopia with his South Sudanese counterpart and former civil war foe, many people here expected him to talk of peace.
Instead, the 69-year-old ruler donned his officer’s uniform, waved his trademark walking stick and – once again – threatened to cut off South Sudanese oil exports through Sudan, something the northern country’s battered economy can ill afford.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Fighting between two Arab tribes vying for control of a gold mine has killed around 50 people in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, a tribal leader and a U.N. source said on Thursday.
The clashes erupted on Wednesday, pitting the Bani Hussein against the Rizeigat, tribal groups which began fighting in January over the use of the gold mine near El Sireaf in North Darfur, Masar al-Duma Atim, a Bani Hussein leader, told Reuters.
KHARTOUM, June 11 (Reuters) – Sudan’s currency has fallen
close to a record low against the dollar on the black market
since Khartoum threatened to halt cross-border oil flows with
South Sudan as import firms fear a dollar scarcity will worsen,
There is little foreign trading in the Sudanese pound but
the black market rate is an important indicator of the mood of
the business elite and of ordinary people wearied by years of
economic crises, ethnic conflicts and wars.
KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Sudan edged back from a day-old order to block all oil exports from South Sudan on Sunday, saying it could reverse its decision if its neighbor stopped backing rebels, and bringing the countries back from the brink of confrontation.
The standoff, even if it is eventually resolved, was a stark reminder of the unpredictability of this small but, for China and other Asian buyers and producers, still significant corner of the crude industry.