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Jul 24, 2014

Ending bloodshed in Gaza rests on a face-saving truce

CAIRO (Reuters) – A possible truce to halt bloodshed in Gaza during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday next week hinges on complex negotiations that have to give Hamas, Israel and regional powers a chance to claim political and military victories.

Egypt is trying to broker a temporary humanitarian truce which would start during one of Islam’s biggest celebrations following the fasting month of Ramadan, in the hope that it will facilitate more permanent ceasefire talks.

Jul 22, 2014

Kerry urges Hamas to end conflict, has ‘constructive’ Egypt talks

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas on Tuesday to pursue a negotiated end to its conflict with Israel after what he said were constructive talks with Egyptian officials about their ceasefire proposal.

After meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose country has some leverage over Hamas through its control of a border crossing from Egypt to the Gaza Strip, Kerry said there was still “work to do” to resolve the conflict.

Jul 21, 2014

Kerry, in Cairo, presses for Gaza cease-fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be difficult.

More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Jul 21, 2014

Kerry arrives in Cairo to press for Gaza cease-fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to try to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be challenging.

More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to try to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.

Jul 18, 2014

Egypt’s Gaza truce move highlights bid to break Islamists

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s attempts to pressure Hamas into accepting a truce plan offering few concessions for the group to end the latest fighting with Israel show Cairo’s determination to finish the job it began at home – crushing Islamists it sees as a threat.

    Egypt has always regarded itself as the most effective mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jul 16, 2014

Egyptian court sentences five men to life for sexual harassment

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced five men to life imprisonment on Wednesday for sexually harassing and attacking women during celebrations in June after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s election.

The verdict may ease concerns that Egyptian authorities have done little to tackle widespread sexual harassment.

Jul 5, 2014

Egypt’s prime minister seeks to justify fuel subsidy cuts

CAIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Egypt’s prime minister has sought
to justify politically sensitive subsidy cuts on fuel and
natural gas which took effect on Saturday, saying they were a
necessary part of fixing an economy hammered by three years of
turmoil.

Egypt had overnight on Friday slashed its subsidies for car
fuel and natural gas, increasing their prices by more than 70
percent.

Jun 22, 2014

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, nearly 200 supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences on Saturday against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters, in a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under the new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mohamed Badie and other defendants were charged in connection with violence that erupted in the southern town of Minya following the ousting of the Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Mursi last July, led by then army chief Sisi.

Jun 21, 2014

Egypt investment minister projects $10 bln foreign investment next year

CAIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – Egypt’s newly appointed
investment minister Ashraf Salman said he targets $10 billion in
foreign direct investment (FDI) for the coming fiscal year and
$14 billion in three years.

Egypt had been hit by an economic crisis following a 2011
uprising that ousted autocratic Hosni Mubarak. Since then, the
state’s successive governments have been trying to steer a
course between boosting revenues without discouraging investors.

Jun 21, 2014

Egyptian court confirms death sentences against Brotherhood leader, nearly 200 supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court confirmed on Saturday death sentences against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters, a strong sign that the crackdown on the group will continue under new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mohamed Badie and other defendants were charged over violence that erupted in the southern Egyptian town of Minya following the ouster, led by former army chief Sisi, of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a senior Brotherhood member, last July.