Friday 23 June 2017
(Xinhua 03/05/13)
At least four people were killed, including two policemen and 400 others were injured in clashes between the protesters and the security forces in Port Said in northern Egypt, an interior ministry official told Xinhua on Monday. "Two policemen died of gunshot in clashes with protesters in front of Port Said Security Directorate," the interior ministry official source told Xinhua. Port Said governorate has been witnessing civil disobedience for more than two weeks. On Sunday, the protesters clashed with the police as the interior ministry decided to move 39 prisoners, who are awaiting a verdict over a tragic football riot which killed over 70 in February last year, to another prison in order to avoid unrest. About 200 people of...
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
Egypt's parliamentary elections will start registration on March 9 and last through March 16, Counselor Samir Abu al-Maaty, chairman of Egypt's Higher Election Commission, said at a press conference Saturday. "The registration of candidates will go on for eight days from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. except for the last day as it will be extended to 5 p.m.," said the chairman. Abu al-Maaty added that each stage of the elections, which will kick off on April 22, will be held on two successive days and that they will all be held under complete judicial supervision. The chairman said that the maximum amount of money to be spent on electoral campaign is 1 million Egyptian pounds (about 148,000 U.S. dollars),...
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently on a two-day visit to Egypt, urged Saturday evening the Egyptian political leaders to reach consensus as an important step for resolving the country's economic crisis. "There must be a willingness on all sides to make meaningful compromises on the issues that matter most to the Egyptian people," Kerry told reporters after initial talks with Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr in Cairo. "We do believe that in this moment of economic challenge that it is important for the Egyptian people to come together around the economic choices and to find some common ground in making those choices." "It is paramount, essential, urgent that the Egyptian economy gets stronger, that it gets...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/26/13)
LUXOR, Egypt (AP) -- A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists, a security official said. It was one of the worst accidents involving tourists in Egypt and likely to push the key tourism industry deeper into recession. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters. Three survivors of the crash - two tourists and one Egyptian - were taken to a local hospital. According to the Egyptian security official, the balloon carrying at least 20 tourists was flying over Luxor when it caught fire, which triggered...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/13)
(Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi invited opposition parties to a meeting on Monday to discuss concerns about upcoming parliamentary elections, which some parties have threatened to boycott, and agree on ways to ensure their fairness. The invitation was similar to offers Mursi has made previously that were spurned, and the National Salvation Front opposition coalition immediately rejected the offer to meet. "I tell everyone of all colors of the spectrum, to all dear brothers in different parties across Egypt, I approach them by name, by party, by persons to sit tomorrow and put down guarantees for transparent and fair elections," Mursi said in a recorded appearance on a television talk program on Mehwar channel aired late on Sunday. Mursi...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/13)
Feb 25 (Reuters) - Egypt will resume talks with the International Monetary Fund on financial aid early next month, the country's investment minister Osama Saleh said on Monday. "There have been pledges of international and regional support to Egypt and most of these are in progress," Saleh said in a speech at a financial conference. "Negotiations with the IMF over the $4.8 billion loan will resume in early March." Saleh said an agreement with the IMF had almost been in place in December but that a change in public opinion meant it collapsed. "We don't see any reasons why the Egyptian people should reject the programme. They will eventually realise that the benefits they will get will outweigh the load...
(Allafrica 02/25/13)
The Egyptian U-20 national team coach Rabie Yassin asked the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) to arrange two friendlies against DR Congo during the preparatory camp in United Arab Emirates for the African Youth Championship, which kicks off on 16 March in Algeria. "We need to play more friendlies to prepare well for the African Youth Championship," the tactician was quoted as saying by the Al-Ahram daily newspaper on Monday. "Friendlies against DR Congo will be useful for the team as they will compete in the African tournament," he added. Under the helm of the 52-year-old tactician, the Egyptian youth national team played two friendlies against Nigeria, losing the first 3-1 and drawing 0-0 in the second, as part of preparations...
( 02/13/13)
With reports of mob attacks and gang rape growing alarmingly common in Egypt, angry protesters demonstrated in Cairo on Tuesday, calling for urgently needed protection and harsher punishment of perpetrators of sexual assault. Though the protest in Cairo’s Talaat Harb Square was peaceful, the slogans were hard-hitting. One banner displayed a warning that rhymed in Arabic: “Sexual assault doesn’t pay. Try again—we’ll cut your hand.” Concurrent with the Cairo protest, solidarity demonstrations were held in cities around the world, including Amman, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Washington, D.C. and London to denounce the rise of “ sexual terrorism ” in Egypt. “There is a virus afflicting the brains of some of these men,” said Karima El Gharib, 35, a political activist who attended...
( 02/13/13)
An Egyptian activist whose death provoked violent protests was killed in a car crash and was not tortured to death by police, a senior forensic official said on Tuesday. Fellow campaigners had said Mohamed el-Gendi, 23, was rounded up along with other youth protesters on January 25, the second anniversary of the start of the Egyptian revolt against autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Security sources said he was taken to a state security camp, interrogated and tortured, drawing parallels with the brutal tactics used by Mubarak's henchmen during his rule. The interior ministry had already denied the accusations saying Gendi was hit by a car on January 28, and taken to Cairo's Hilal hospital where he died some days later. That account...
( 02/13/13)
Three masked gunmen killed the bodyguard of the Governor of Egypt’s Central Bank and stole his car on Wednesday after forcing the driver out of the vehicle. Newly-appointed central bank governor Hesham Ramez was not in the car at the time, according to the Middle East News Agency (MENA) , Egypt’s state news agency. The car-jackers, who drove off in the vehicle, apparently missed Ramez by just a few minutes; the bodyguard and driver were on their way to pick him up when the attackers opened fire on the vehicle, MENA reported. The country has faced unprecedented violence and the crime rate has skyrocketed since former President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power two years ago in what has become...
( 02/13/13)
The United States expressed concern on Tuesday about growing political polarization in its major ally Egypt and a "climate of impunity" over abuses by police and security forces in the most populous Arab nation. At a news conference after a four-day visit, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Democracy and Labour Michael Posner avoided direct criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government of President Mohamed Mursi. But he said young people's economic and political concerns, which had led to recent violent protests, should be addressed, and the government should "reach out widely" to other political and social forces and hold consultations on concerns about the Islamist-tinged constitution it pushed through in December. "While recognizing the need for the Egyptian...
( 02/13/13)
Egypt's main agricultural bank is launching Islamic retail services this month to meet increasing demand in rural areas, a bank official told Reuters. "We are launching sharia-compliant retail banking this month with a portfolio of 50 million pounds ($7.5 million) and can raise that to 100 million" next June based on demand, said Abdel Rahman Al Kafrawi, head of Islamic transactions at Principal Bank for Development and Agricultural Credit (PBDAC). Government-owned PBDAC will offer retail finance at 18 Islamic branches through murabaha and musharaka structures, he said. The bank has offered Islamic finance on a very small scale for several decades at 10 branches, and in 2012 won the central bank's approval to raise the number to 24 branches. Al...
( 02/13/13)
The United States has urged Egypt to move fast to agree a loan deal with the IMF, reform its energy sector and guarantee investors against "arbitrary acts" to avert a deeper slide in its economy . In unusually blunt comments, U.S. Ambassador Ann Patterson said Egypt's government and opposition must stop ignoring economic problems and work together to fix them. "The most catastrophic path is for the government and the political leadership of the country - whether in power or in opposition - to avoid decisions, to show no leadership, to ignore the economic situation of the country," she said in a speech delivered in Alexandria on Sunday, according to a text posted on the embassy's website. "The talks with...
( 02/13/13)
Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years. Reuters reporters saw one tunnel being used to bring in cement and gravel suddenly fill with water on Sunday, sending workers rushing for safety. Locals said two other tunnels were likewise flooded, with Egyptians deliberately pumping in water. "The Egyptians have opened the water to drown the tunnels," said Abu Ghassan, who supervises the work of 30 men at...

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