Sunday 17 December 2017
(CNN 08/06/13)
(CNN) -- Egypt's military-backed government ordered two top aides to ousted President Mohamed Morsy held for another 15 days and set trial dates for top Muslim Brotherhood leaders who face murder charges, state news outlets reported Sunday. Morsy's chief of staff,Refa'a al-Tahtawi, and his deputy, Asaad Shaikha, already were jailed in the aftermath of the July 3 coup that toppled Egypt's first democratically elected leader. Sunday's announcement by the General Prosecution Office, carried by the state-run news agency EgyNews, allows them to be held even longer while authorities pursue allegations of assault, incitement and the torture of anti-Morsy demonstrators after a December 5 protest. Meanwhile, the state newspaper Al-Ahram said a Cairo appeals court has set an August 18 trial...
(Bloomberg 08/06/13)
U.S. and European diplomats extended their stay in Cairo to help resolve the conflict in Egypt after President Adly Mansour said sit-ins by backers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi can’t be permitted to go on much longer. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and European Union special representative Bernardino Leon are staying for further talks, White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday. The state-run Middle East News Agency said the American diplomat would remain in the country indefinitely. Burns “continued his discussions with a wide range of Egyptians” in the past few days, Carney said. The talks focused on “how they can calm tensions, avoid further violence and facilitate an inclusive democratic process,” he told reporters. Thousands of Mursi...
(BBC News Africa 08/06/13)
US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined top diplomats in Cairo to help find a peaceful solution to Egypt's political stalemate. The Pentagon said Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel had called army chief Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to discuss mediation progress by US and EU envoys. US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns also visited Muslim Brotherhood deputy head Khairat al-Shater in jail. Egypt has been in crisis since the army ousted leader Mohammed Morsi on 3 July. Mr Morsi, a Brotherhood member, has been formally remanded in custody at an undisclosed location, according to a judicial order. Thousands are taking part in protests in Cairo demanding that the deposed president be reinstated. There has been mounting tension over...
(Fox News 08/06/13)
Jihadists in Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula are using U.S. weapons to carry out attacks against the temporary government in the wake of the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, according to the embattled nation's Interior Ministry. The government office posted an official statement on its Facebook page along with images of an exploded missile that hit the third floor of a building in the city of el-Arish last week. The post said terrorist forces targeted the North Sinai Security Directorate office with a ballistic missile that struck the third floor facade of the building, leaving three soldiers injured. While attacks in the Sinai, which borders Gaza and is a haven for terrorist activity, have become commonplace, the prospect that militants...
(CNN 08/06/13)
Cairo (CNN) -- In an attempt to break through the political impasse in Egypt, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet with Egypt's interim leaders. The two Republican senators are expected to meet Tuesday with interim President Adly Mansour, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian foreign affairs spokesman Badr Abdelatty said. They are also expected to meet separately with Muslim Brotherhood leadership. McCain and Graham are making the trip at U.S. President Barack Obama's request. "The Egyptian military must move more aggressively toward turning over control to the civilian population, civilian organizations," Graham, of South Carolina, said when asked about the purpose of the trip on...
(Los Angeles Times 08/06/13)
CAIRO -- International efforts to resolve Egypt’s political crisis have intensified, including a prison meeting early Monday between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who faces murder charges stemming from weeks of clashes. U.S. attempts to calm Egypt’s unrest following a military coup last month that overthrew the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, were bolstered by the arrival in Cairo on Monday of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). They were expected to meet with members of the interim government and Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, commander of the armed forces. More than 200 people have died in recent weeks in a political showdown between the military-backed government and supporters of...
(Press Tv 08/06/13)
Tens of thousands of the supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have remained undeterred in Cairo’s Nasr City, calling for the restoration of the constitution and the reversal of the coup that deposed him. The unrelenting pro-Morsi protests come despite warnings by the National Defense Council against the continuation of their sit-ins. On August 2, Egypt’s state-TV announced that, within the following 48 hours, security forces would block the two main protest sites in the capital, Cairo, where demonstrators have camped, permitting people to leave but not to enter. But the protesters have said that they would continue their sit-ins until Morsi is reinstated, using barricades and sandbags to fortify their camps. On August 5, Muslim Brotherhood’s spokesman Gehad...
(Business Daily 08/06/13)
The top-ranking US trade official Michael Froman said on Monday that issues of "reciprocity" will be raised at a US-Africa conference next week in Ethiopia that will consider renewal of the Agoa trade initiative. The African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is due to expire in 2015, gives duty-free treatment to Kenyan textiles and many other African exports to the United States. Agoa is said to be responsible for creating thousands of jobs in the Kenyan textile industry. But as a condition to Agoa's extension beyond 2015, American negotiators may press African countries to give the same preferential treatment to US exports to Africa. Ambassador Froman made clear in a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington that the US...
(Reuters 08/06/13)
LAGOS/SYDNEY, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Nigeria is gradually opening up to Islamic finance, a move that could bring non-interest banking to over 80 million Muslims and develop one of Africa's fastest-growing consumer and corporate banking sectors. Home to the largest Muslim population in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is trying to establish itself as the African hub for Islamic finance, which follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling. In recent months, a string of regulatory initiatives have set the groundwork for products such as Islamic bonds (sukuk), insurance (takaful) and interbank lending products, although there is still only a small number of local market participants. "The potential is there but the market is negligible in Nigeria because we have...
(Voice of America 08/05/13)
Two U.S. lawmakers and a top diplomat are in Cairo attempting to mediate an end to the standoff between Egypt's military-backed government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with a jailed senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood after talks with the nation's interim leaders. U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are also expected to meet with the transitional military leadership. Burns met Khairat el-Shater, the deputy head of the Brotherhood, which supports Morsi returning to power. The meeting was in the prison were the Islamist figure is being held, the Associated Press reported. The United States is urging all sides in Egypt to stop the violence and put together a...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/13)
US missions across the Middle East and Africa will be closed through August 10, officials have said, amid intelligence reports an Al-Qaeda attack may be imminent. The State Department, noting it was acting "out of an abundance of caution," said 19 diplomatic outposts would be shuttered through Saturday. The list includes 15 that were already ordered closed Sunday due to the security fears, as well as four additional posts. "This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees, including local employees and visitors to our facilities," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. At least 25 US embassies and consular...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/13)
A senior US envoy joined intense efforts in Cairo on Sunday to try to resolve a political crisis pitting supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi against Egypt's army-backed interim leaders. Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, a military source said, stressing the need for national reconciliation based on an army-drafted roadmap providing for elections in 2014. Sisi sat down earlier with Islamist leaders to try to mediate a solution with Morsi supporters who have staged two major sit-ins for more than a month demanding his reinstatement. He met with "several representatives of the Islamist movements... and stressed that there are opportunities for a peaceful solution to the crisis provided all sides reject...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/13)
An Egyptian court set a trial date for Muslim Brotherhood leaders in a move likely to enrage supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. It came as US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met the army chief amid intense efforts to try to resolve the political crisis since the army ousted Morsi in a July 3 coup. The Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, who is currently in hiding, and his two deputies -- Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi -- who are being held in Cairo's Tora prison, are accused of inciting violence against protesters outside the Islamist group's headquarters on June 30. They will face trial on August 25 together with three Brotherhood members who are accused of killing...
(CNN 08/05/13)
(CNN) -- Egypt's military-backed government ordered two top aides to ousted President Mohamed Morsy held for another 15 days and set trial dates for top Muslim Brotherhood leaders who face murder charges, state news outlets reported Sunday. Morsy's chief of staff, Refa'a al-Tahtawi, and his deputy, Asaad Shaikha, already were jailed in the aftermath of the July 3 coup that toppled Egypt's first democratically elected leader. Sunday's announcement by the General Prosecution Office, carried by the state-run news agency EgyNews, allows them to be held even longer while authorities pursue allegations of assault, incitement and the torture of anti-Morsy demonstrators after a December 5 protest. Meanwhile, the state newspaper Al-Ahram said a Cairo appeals court has set an August 18...
(AL Jazeera 08/05/13)
Senior US senators bound for Egypt as Western and Gulf envoys meet with Muslim Brotherhood official. International efforts to end the crisis in Egypt are gaining momentum as diplomats from the Gulf, the EU and the US have met the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat el-Shater, who is currently in jail. Sources told Al Jazeera's Jamal Al Shayyal that Shater met with the diplomats face-to-face but refused to negotiate with them, insisting that the delegation meet with ousted president Mohamed Morsi instead. Shayyal, reporting from Nasr City in Cairo, said that this is "a hugely significant development on the political and diplomatic front". Shater met with the foreign ministers of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well...
(Ahram Online 08/05/13)
Top US and Arab diplomats currently in Cairo extend their visit amid efforts to ease political crisis. United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, his Qatari counterpart Khalid Al-Attiyah and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns have prolonged their stay in Cairo to attend more meetings aiming at ending the ongoing political disputes in Egypt. The UAE and US officials is rescheduled to leave on Monday, extending their stay for one more day. The Qatari minister, who was also scheduled to leave on Sunday, has yet to set a date for his departure. Qatar has been a strong backer of Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, granting Egypt some $7 billion in aid during his year in power. Conversely, the...
(Bloomberg 08/05/13)
Egypt stocks surged to the highest in five months on bets the central bank’s first interest rates cut in four years will help boost economic growth. Government debt yields fell at an auction to the lowest in two years. The benchmark EGX 30 Index jumped 2.9 percent to 5,530.46 at the close in Cairo, the highest since Feb. 26. The measure has gained 1.3 percent this year, compared with a jump of 17 percent for the Bloomberg GCC 200 Index of the biggest companies in the Persian Gulf. Six of October Development & Investment climbed 5.1 percent, leading the list of 27 gainers, while Commercial International Bank Egypt SAE, the country’s biggest publicly traded lender, rose to the highest since...
(The New York Times 08/05/13)
CAIRO — Egypt’s interim vice president said on Saturday that force could be used only as a last resort to disperse demonstrations held by supporters of Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed by the military a month ago. The vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, made his statement as international mediators met here to try to head off further destabilizing violence. The military-backed interim government last week ordered the end of two sit-ins by tens of thousands of Mr. Morsi’s supporters, raising the threat of a bloody incursion by Egypt’s poorly trained security services into two Cairo squares. During a television interview on Saturday, Mr. ElBaradei said he would “use all available means” to avoid an incursion. If force is necessary, he said,...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/05/13)
A few weeks ago, when Tanzania was hosting the Ministerial Committee Organ (MCO) responsible for Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bernard Member, confirmed that Tanzania is one of the top five countries of the SADC whose harbours and airports are used as conduits for drug trafficking. Speaking at this 15th MCO, which is faced with an uphill task of tackling this illicit trade, Minister Membe singled out other countries being South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola. The announcement just came a fortnight after two female artists from Tanzania were nabbed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with 150 kg of drugs, crystal methamphetamine locally known...
(The Associated Press 08/05/13)
CAIRO — Authorities denied Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman entry into Egypt after she landed at the airport in Cairo on Sunday. Karman, the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, has stated her opposition to the coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi and had said she intended to join sit-ins by his supporters. Airport officials said Karman was sent back on the Sunday flight that brought her to Cairo from the United Arab Emirates. They said her name had been placed by various security agencies on a stop list at the airport. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. The decision to bar Karman suggests that authorities...

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