CAIRO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Egypt reached a preliminary
agreement on Tuesday with the International Monetary Fund for a
$4.8 billion loan, a step seen as vital to shoring up the
Investors who abandoned Egypt during the political turmoil
that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year have been
looking to the IMF to give its seal of approval to the
government’s economic programme.
The Coptic Orthodox church staged a ceremony rich in ritual on Sunday to install its pope, Tawadros II, who Christians hope will guide them through the new, Islamist-led Egypt.
CAIRO (Reuters) – The Coptic Orthodox church staged a ceremony rich in ritual on Sunday to install its pope, Tawadros II, who Christians hope will guide them through the new, Islamist-led Egypt.
The 60-year-old pope was picked on November 4 and the ceremony on Sunday filled with incense, elaborate robes and chanting marked his formal ascendance as the 118th leader of the church.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A group of technical advisers helping to write Egypt’s new constitution resigned on Saturday, saying they would draw up a draft of their own because their voices were not being heard, state news agency MENA said.
The resignations further complicate a drafting process delayed by bickering among Islamists and liberals, raising doubts whether the document would be ready by a December 12 deadline.
CAIRO, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers will
consider on Saturday a draft statement that calls for the Arab
League chief to lead a delegation to Gaza and supports Egypt’s
efforts to negotiate a truce, an Arab diplomatic source said.
But ministers meeting at the Cairo-based headquarters said
Arab states had to take practical steps to support Palestinians
in Gaza. Israel launched a massive air campaign on Wednesday.
CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) – France became the first European power to recognize Syria’s new opposition coalition as the sole representative of its people and said on Tuesday it would look into arming rebels against President Bashar al-Assad once they form a government.
Twenty months into their bloody uprising against Assad, fragmented Syrian opposition groups struck a deal in Qatar on Sunday to form a broad coalition and their leader immediately appealed for European backing.
CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Europe should recognise a Syrian
opposition coalition as a provisional government, enabling it to
seek weapons for the fight against President Bashar al-Assad,
the new body’s leader said on Tuesday.
Mouaz Alkhatib, a moderate Sunni Muslim cleric who fled to
Cairo in July after repeated detentions by Syrian secret police,
was elected on Sunday to head the coalition forged in Qatar last
week to try to create a more coherent, inclusive opposition.
CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The leader of Syria’s new
opposition coalition called on European states to recognise it
as the legitimate government and provide it with funds to buy
the weapons it needs to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
But Britain and France appeared to set further conditions,
notably for rallying support inside the country, before they
grant full recognition to the Syrian National Coalition. And,
like the United States, Europeans are still reluctant to arm
rebel forces which include anti-Western Islamist militants.
CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Syria’s new opposition body sought
Arab and European backing on Tuesday, but Britain and France
seemed to set new conditions for its recognition as an interim
government to take over should President Bashar al-Assad fall.
The Syrian leader has vowed to fight to the death in a
conflict that has already killed an estimated 38,000 people and
risks sucking in other countries in the volatile Middle East.
DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s newly named opposition leader, a soft-spoken cleric backed by Washington and the Gulf Arab states, launched his quest on Monday for international recognition as a government-in-waiting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
In a sign of the danger that the civil war could spread across Syria’s borders, Israeli forces said they fired “direct hits” on Syrian artillery in response to a mortar strike into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.