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Israel kills presumed drug trafficker at Egypt border

JERUSALEM: Israeli security forces on Monday killed a presumed drug trafficker who sought to sneak into the country from Egypt s Sinai peninsula, a military spokeswoman said. During a routine operation by the army and the police along the border with Egypt, a unit identified a certain number of suspects trying to sneak into Israeli …

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Arab officials meet in Egypt over piracy

CAIRO: Egypt hosted an emergency meeting Thursday of six Arab countries trying to forge a joint strategy against piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which threatens a crucial international trade route through the Suez Canal in the Red Sea – Egypt s key source of revenue. The countries in the meeting were those who with …

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Quartet to discuss Israel-Palestinians peace talks in Egypt

RAMALLAH: A senior Palestinian official said Wednesday the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers will arrive in Egypt on Nov. 8 to meet and assess progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting s date has not been announced, said the gathering in Egypt would include US Secretary …

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Egypt calls Israeli MP 'ill-mannered' over Mubarak jibe

CAIRO/JERUSALEM: An Egyptian official on Thursday branded right-wing Israeli MP Avigdor Lieberman ill-mannered for saying President Hosni Mubarak should go to hell. We thought Lieberman was just racist but now we also see he is ill-mannered, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki told the Arabic service of Israeli radio. Lieberman, head of the ultranationalist Yisrael …

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Israel's Peres to meet Mubarak in Egypt

JERUSALEM: Israeli President Shimon Peres will head to Egypt this week to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Peres office said Monday that the two leaders would meet Thursday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. They said talks would focus on promoting peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, the fate of a …

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Egypt police kill African migrant on Israel border

AL-ARISH: Egyptian police shot dead an African migrant and wounded another on Tuesday as they tried to cross illegally into Israel, a security official said. The two were shot when police saw them about to enter Israel southeast of the Egypt-Gaza border town of Rafah, the official said, adding that the migrants were Eritreans. Imad …

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Hamas in Palestinian unity talks in Cairo

CAIRO: Senior Hamas officials met Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss an Egyptian proposal for a Palestinian unity government, the official MENA news agency reported. MENA says Omar Suleiman s meeting Wednesday with Hamas focused on proposals to form a moderate Palestinian government, hold new elections and reorganize the Palestinian …

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UK-based company announces Egypt oil, gas discovery

CAIRO: A United Kingdom-based oil and gas company, Circle, announced on Friday that it had struck oil in their onshore Northwest Gemsa Concession in Egypt, triggering optimism in the North African country. According to initial reports from the company, production was over 3,000 barrels per day of crude oil and 4 million standard cubic feet …

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It's the right time for Egypt-Iraq relations, says Aboul Gheit

BAGHDAD: Egypt sent its foreign minister to Iraq for the first time in nearly two decades, saying it is the right time to expand relations between the two nations, in a sign of growing Arab acceptance of the country s Shia-led government. We feel it is the proper time to come to Iraq and launch …

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Blair's sister-in-law leaves Gaza month after breaking blockade

GAZA CITY: Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, left the Gaza Strip on Saturday nearly a month after sailing in to protest an Israeli blockade of the territory. Lauren Booth was able to leave Gaza today through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, Jamal Al-Khodari, the head of the Popular Committee …

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Two dead, three missing in Gaza tunnel collapse

GAZA CITY: A Gaza security official says two people have died in the collapse of a smugglers tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border and three are still trapped below ground. The official was from Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip. He said the tunnel collapsed while under construction. The official said rescuers were in radio contact …

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Egypt editor gets jail sentence for not having permit

CAIRO: A court sentenced an Egyptian newspaper editor to one year in jail on Wednesday for having published his paper without a permit from the press council, the state-run MENA news agency reported. Ahmed Bakr Selim was granted bail on a surety of LE 10,000 pending any appeal against the decision of the Cairo court, …

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Egypt police kill two Sudanese near Israel border

AL-ARISH: Egyptian border police on Tuesday shot dead two Sudanese migrants as they tried to cross the border illegally into Israel, a security official told AFP. Police were forced to open fire after the African migrants refused to stop despite warnings, the official said. The two, who were not identified, were shot south of the …

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Cairo luxury hotel starts serving alcohol again

CAIRO: Cairo s luxury Grand Hyatt hotel is serving alcohol again after a compromise was reached between the international management company and the Saudi owner who abruptly declared it a dry venue earlier this year. The Saudi sheikh s decision in April to follow Islam s ban on alcohol and stop serving it at one …

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Sudanese killed near Egypt-Israel border

AL-ARISH: An Egyptian medical official says border guards have fatally shot a Sudanese migrant who was trying to cross illegally into Israel. Imad Kharboush, head of the Northern Sinai ambulance department, says the body of the 28-year-old Sudanese man arrived at the hospital in Al-Arish on Tuesday. Kharboush says the man was shot in the …

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Two youths hurt in Gaza smuggling bust shootout

AL-ARISH: Two Egyptian teenagers suspected of trafficking fuel and food through tunnels into the impoverished Gaza Strip were wounded in a shootout with police on Thursday, a security official said. The two youths were spotted by a police patrol near one of 20 tunnels between Egypt and Hamas-ruled Gaza that a security official said had …

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Zambia president taken to France after successful surgery in Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: A spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says the president of Zambia has been taken to France for further treatment after a successful surgery in Egypt. President Levy Mwanawasa did not attend the African Union summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh after he was rushed to a local hospital on Sunday. His …

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Tutu says situation in Gaza is 'scary' and blasts international 'complicity'

GAZA CITY: Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Thursday said he was shocked by conditions in the Gaza Strip after months of Israeli sanctions. The South African Nobel peace laureate said the coastal strip has become “desolate and scary as a result of shortages of fuel and other basic goods. “No people were in the streets. We …

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GCC says free trade talks with Turkey to resume

DOHA: Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council will meet on Feb. 26-27 for a third round of talks on a free-trade agreement, the GCC secretary general said on Thursday. Aberrahman Al-Attiyah said visiting Turkish President Abduallah Gul had expressed hopes during a meeting on Wednesday that the deal could be firmed up then. Gul said …

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US army pilot accused of selling stolen antiquities

NEW YORK: An American army helicopter pilot faces charges of selling stolen Egyptian antiquities dating to 3,000 BC, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Chief Warrant Officer Edward George Johnson was arrested Tuesday in Alabama on charges of transportation of stolen property and wire fraud, US Attorney Michael Garcia said. An attack-and-scout helicopter pilot and commander, Johnson, …

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Egypt calls for return of EU observers to Gaza border

CAIRO: As border tensions remained high between Egypt and the Hamas-controlled Gaza, Egypt’s top diplomat on Tuesday sharply rebuked the Palestinian group, saying the militants were driving the people in the coastal strip to clash with the Egyptians. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit also said that Hamas should give up control of Gaza’s border crossings, …

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Ezz Steel gets new steel plant license

CAIRO: Reuters reported that Ezz Steel said on Thursday it had been granted a license to build a new steel plant in Egypt. The financial daily Al-Alam Al-Youm said that Egypt’s General Authority for Industrial Development had approved licenses for four Egyptian companies, including Ezz Steel, to build four new steel plants. “What was published …

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Fitch: Tighter global liquidity will test emerging markets

CAIRO: Fitch Ratings said that downside risks for the world economy have increased markedly since the summer and that emerging market economies would be unable to remain decoupled in the event of a sharp slowdown in advanced economies, Fitch Ratings said in a statement to the press. This is one of the conclusions of Fitch’s …

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EU offers Egypt grants to revamp transport sector

The Chinese Xinhua news agency reported that the European Union Commission has offered Egypt a grant of 80 million euros (about $115 million) to support the development and restructuring of Egypt s transport sectors, Egypt s Mena news agency reported on Tuesday. Egyptian Minister of Transport, Mohamed Mansour, made the announcement after a meeting with …

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Friction between EU, Egypt over nuclear-free Middle East

VIENNA: The refusal by most EU countries to back Egypt s call for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East at a UN conference last month appears to be causing friction between Cairo and Europe. Egypt has been asking the countries to explain their opposition, diplomatic sources in Vienna, where the conference was held, told …

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Aswan Obelisk quarry digs up ancient insights

The unfinished Obelisk Quarry in Aswan has a canal that may have connected to the Nile and allowed the large stone monuments to float to their permanent locations, according to an international team of researchers. This canal, however, may be allowing salts from ground water to seep into what has been the best preserved example …

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Discovery to screen short film in Middle East International Film Festival

Discovery Networks in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a division of the non-fiction media company Discovery Communications, announced that a new short film will be screened at the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, which takes place Oct. 14-19. Karin Heijink, channel director of emerging markets at Discovery Networks Europe, said, “It …

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UN sponsored program aims to eradicate anaemia

CAIRO: A new $3 million contribution from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain) aims to eradicate anaemia, a haemoglobin deficiency that causes weakness and fatigue, which is widespread throughout the poorer sectors of the Egyptian population. Gain, created at a special UN session for children in 2002, has handed over the money to the …

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Stranded Gazans try to break out of Egyptian airport

AL-ARISH: A group of Palestinians trapped in an Egyptian airport since the border with Gaza was closed in mid-June tried to break out on Monday, smashing furniture and clashing with security forces. A security source told AFP that 28 Palestinians belonging to various factions, including Hamas which violently took over the Gaza Strip on June …

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