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Sectarian clashes erupt in Qena village

CAIRO: Hundreds of Muslim villagers in Egypt’s south threw stones at a police station on Saturday where a Christian was being held on suspicion of assault, and they later burned and looted Christian-owned shops, witnesses said. Police fired tear gas and pursued the villagers through the streets of Farshout in Qena province and arrested between …

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Algeria demands millions in taxes from Orascom as company pulls workers

CAIRO: Algerian tax authorities are demanding $596.6 million in outstanding taxes from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom only a few days after the company pulled its employees from the country when an angry crowd of Algerian football fans attacked the premises, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday. Naguib Sawaris, Orascom executive chairman, said the company’s 25 …

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Murderer confesses in Marwa El-Sherbini trial

DRESDEN: A Russian-born German man admitted in court Wednesday to killing a pregnant Egyptian woman in a frenzied knife attack but denied he was driven by racism. A spokesman for the regional court in the eastern German city of Dresden said Alex Wiens, 28, had one of his lawyers read out a statement before the …

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Islamic Conference slams Israeli breach of Aqsa mosque

RIYADH: The Organization of the Islamic Conference condemned on Sunday the Israeli police action at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, warning that it could have a dangerous outcome. According to a report on english.aljazeera.net citing their Jerusalem correspondent, the violence in the Old City erupted after the Israeli police fired tear gas and stun …

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Sectarian clashes flare out in Assiut village

CAIRO: Muslims students stoned Coptic Christian churches and homes in a southern Egyptian village on Saturday after four Muslims suspected of killing a Copt were kept in custody, police said. The unrest began when the prosecutor extended the detention of the Muslims in the village of Dayrut, located in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Assiut, …

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Egypt foils bid to hijack flight from Turkey

CAIRO: A drunk Sudanese passenger unsuccessfully tried to hijack an EgyptAir flight from Istanbul to Cairo on Wednesday and divert it to Jerusalem to liberate the city, an Egyptian security official said. About 30 minutes after take-off, the passenger took hold of a knife provided with meals for first-class passengers and threatened an air hostess …

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Fatah lashes out at Hamas over stalled unity deal

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas s Fatah party lashed out at the Islamist Hamas movement on Monday, blaming it for the failure of an Egypt-proposed Palestinian unity agreement. The vitriol came as Abbas prepared to leave for Egypt later on Monday for talks with President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday on the reconciliation process. Hamas has …

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Christian killed in south Egypt over son's affair

CAIRO: A Christian man was killed in southern Egypt by attackers who accused his son of having an affair with a Muslim girl, police said Sunday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the officials said that Farouk Henry Attallah, 61, was shot to death while strolling through his village of Attaleen in the southern Assuit …

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US envoy calls on Mideast to 'take actions' for peace

CAIRO: US Middle East envoy George Mitchell was in Cairo on Sunday for talks with officials, calling on regional players to take steps for a resumption of peace talks. The former US senator told reporters he met with Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit after talks Saturday night with intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. “We discussed our …

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FBI smashes US-Egypt cyber 'phishing' ring

LOS ANGELES: Investigators in the United States and Egypt have smashed a computer phishing identity theft scam described as the biggest cyber-crime investigation in US history, officials said Wednesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said 33 people were arrested across the United States early Wednesday while authorities in Egypt charged 47 more people linked to …

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Polanski would face tougher prosecution today

If Roman Polanski were charged with child rape today, DNA evidence, stiffer penalties, outcry over childhood sexual abuse and tougher scrutiny of celebrity justice would make prosecutors much less willing to cut the plea deal the director received more than 30 years ago, legal experts say. For one thing, changes in state law since the …

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Proof of CIA kidnapping 'indisputable': Italian prosecutor

MILAN: A top Italian prosecutor Wednesday made his case against 26 US secret agents accused of snatching a terror suspect from a Milan street and sending him home to Egypt where he claims he was tortured. No one could seriously argue that they were in Italy for other reasons than to abduct Milan imam Abu …

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Egypt border guards kill migrants near Israel

EL-ARISH: Egyptian border guards shot dead two Eritrean migrants on Wednesday, a security official said, bringing to at least 14 the number of migrants killed this year trying to cross illegally in to Israel. The latest killings come just one week after guards shot dead four sub-Saharan migrants and wounded two near the 250-kilometer frontier, …

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Israeli film on '82 Lebanon war wins top Venice prize

“Lebanon, an Israeli film that recounts Israel s 1982 invasion of the Middle East country through the eyes of four soldiers in a tank, has won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. The festival jury announced the Golden Lion and other prizes Sunday, the last day of the 11-day screening of films …

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Japan cool on Sarkozy's G14 proposal

TOKYO: Japan expressed reservations Thursday against a plan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to expand the G8 group of industrial powers into a G14 by including major emerging economies. Is this something that France can decide unilaterally? asked Japan s top spokesman Takeo Kawamura in his regular press conference. If the summit was to be …

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German prosecutors seek life for Marwa Al-Sherbini killer

BERLIN: German prosecutors said on Tuesday they would push for a life sentence against a man charged with the brutal Islamophobic murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman. Prosecutors in the eastern city of Dresden said Alex W., a 28-year-old Russian-born German, was motivated by a pronounced hatred of non-Europeans and Muslims. As psychiatric experts had …

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'Hezbollah cell' members allege torture in Egypt jail

CAIRO: Men accused of plotting attacks in Egypt as members of a Hezbollah cell claimed they were tortured by police in custody ahead of their trial, which began in a Cairo court on Sunday. The 22 alleged members of the cell, dressed in white as they stood in a cage behind the dock, denied the …

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Clinton raises human rights with Egypt, presses on normalization

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday raised human rights concerns with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose ties with the previous US administration were soured by the issue, a spokesman said. Clinton talked for an hour with Mubarak on the eve of his meeting with President Barack Obama, the veteran Egyptian leader’s first …

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Russian scuba diver swims to shore, 3 still missing near Marsa Alam

HURGHADA: A Russian scuba diver swept away by strong currents off the southern Egyptian coast says he managed to survive by swimming some 20 kilometers (12 miles) to shore. Vitaly Ivanov told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he doesn’t know what happened to three other Russian divers who are still missing. The Russians were …

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Israeli soldiers shoot Egyptian policeman

JERUSALEM: Israeli soldiers mistakenly shot and wounded an Egyptian policeman Monday along the border between the two countries, the Israeli military said. A routine patrol identified an armed figure at the border before dawn, and when the Israeli troops challenged the man he cocked his weapon, prompting the soldiers to open fire, the army said. …

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Egyptian crews overpower Somali pirates, kill 2

MOGADISHU: The crew of two Egyptian fishing vessels wielding machetes and tools attacked Somali pirates who had held them hostage for four months, killing at least two of them, according to a pirate and businessman Friday. The Egyptian crew overpowered the pirates, seizing some of their guns before sailing away from Somalia’s coast, said Miraa, …

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Sadat's daughter takes on Hollywood movie

CAIRO: The daughter of Egypt’s former president Anwar Sadat has filed a complaint against the makers of “I Love You Man, a 2009 Dreamworks film, for naming a dog after her father, her lawyer said Saturday. Egypt’s prosecutor will look into the complaint; however, it is still unclear what sort of action Egyptian courts could …

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Foot-long baby croc causes scare in the air

CAIRO: An official at Cairo airport says a foot-long baby crocodile wriggled out of a passenger s hand luggage and caused panic on a flight from the United Arab Emirates. Terrified passengers screamed at the sight of the 30-centimeter (one-foot-long) reptile as it made its way under seats and down the aisle. A crew member …

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Nile countries delay water sharing pact for six months

ALEXANDRIA: Water ministers from Nile Basin countries on Tuesday delayed signing a water-sharing pact already rejected by Egypt and Sudan, who oppose any reduction in their traditional quotas. Ministers from nine Nile Basin countries and Eritrea, which had observer status at the four-day meeting held in the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria, put off finalizing …

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US envoy calls on Arab states to improve Israel ties

CAIRO: US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell called on Arab states on Monday to fully normalize ties with Israel, after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the latest leg of a regional tour. Mitchell told reporters after the talks that Washington was asking countries in the region to set the context for comprehensive peace …

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One dead, tens injured as thousands of quarry workers clash with police

CAIRO: A policeman died and tens people were injured when thousands of quarry workers and owners clashed with police in Egypt on Thursday, security sources and witnesses told Reuters. The protesters marched into Al-Minya city, in the central province of Al-Minya 210 kilometers south of Cairo, and blocked a bridge spanning the Nile, to protest …

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24 sentenced to death over deadly land dispute

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 24 people to death on Monday after finding them guilty of involvement in a deadly land dispute in the Nile Delta last year, a justice official told AFP. A court in Damanhur has decided to send the cases of the 24 to the mufti so that he can sign their …

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Mubarak to Israel: Progress before recognition

CAIRO: Amending a proposed Arab peace initiative to win Israeli support for the plan is not a viable option, Egypt s president said, stressing that Arab nations recognition of the Jewish state will only come after peace negotiations. Hosni Mubarak s firm rejection of what some Arab diplomats have said is an American suggestion to …

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Palestinians must unite before creation of state: Mubarak

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday urged rival Palestinian factions to unite in order to achieve the creation of a Palestinian state. If they want two states, Palestinians must unite, Mubarak said during a joint news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Being two separate states (in Gaza and the West …

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