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Arab Spring ushers in bright future despite worry

The euphoria sparked by the Arab Spring is giving way to disquiet over political instability and the growing influence of Islamists, but the democratic process still looks unstoppable, experts believe. In 12 months, the Arab world has gone through more changes than it saw in decades, with Tunisia and Egypt staging historic elections. A popular …

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Court cancels order to remove Mubarak name

By Ahmed Tolba /Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s appeals court rescinded a ruling to remove the names of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his wife Suzanne from schools and streets, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday. Officials seeking to win presidential favor named public buildings, military installations and rural clinics after Mubarak in the years before a …

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Mubarak stable, despite losing consciousness: MENA

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s health is stable, but he has an abnormal heart rhythm and sometimes falls unconscious, the official MENA news agency reported on Tuesday. The ex-president, 83, is under arrest on murder and corruption charges in a hospital in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh. His lawyer …

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Mubarak, long-time pharaoh with recent health problems

By Christophe de Roquefueil / AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, whose health was the subject of contradictory reports on Sunday two weeks before he was due to face trial on August 3 for murder and corruption, enjoyed near absolute power for three decades as president before being toppled in February. The health ministry denied a report …

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Lawyer says Mubarak in a coma, state TV denies

By Agencies CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in February and who has been detained in a hospital in Sharm El-Sheikh, has fallen into a coma, his lawyer said on Sunday, although State TV said that the hospital director has denied the report. “I was informed about the sudden deterioration in Mubarak’s …

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Mubarak denies ordering Egyptian protesters killed

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: Ex-president Hosni Mubarak has told interrogators he did not order security forces to open fire on protesters during the 18-day uprising that ousted him, according to a leaked transcript of his interrogation that was published Thursday. He also insisted that no one would have listened to him had he ordered a …

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Health ministry denies Mubarak’s heart stopped

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health denied on Monday claims that ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s heart stopped for two minutes, after which he was put on a ventilator, according to the Middle East News Agency (MENA). MENA added that Mubarak’s health was stable and that he remained in his room in Sharm El-Sheikh International …

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Egypt court suspends order to remove Mubarak name

By Reuters CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday suspended its order to remove the names of former President Hosni Mubarak and his wife Suzanne from public institutions. Officials seeking to win presidential favor routinely named streets, schools, military installations and remote rural clinics after Mubarak in the years before the popular uprising which toppled him …

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Egypt bans Mubarak daughters-in-law from travel

By AFP CAIRO: The Egyptian justice ministry’s fraud unit on Thursday slapped a travel ban on ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s two daughters-in-law and their children, a judicial official told AFP. Assem Al-Gohary, who heads the Illicit Gains Authority, ordered the ban on Heidi Rasekh and Khadiga Al-Gammal, the wives of Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal, …

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Mubarak denies knowing protesters killed, sons’ interrogations resume Monday

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The interrogation of ousted president Hosni Mubarak was reportedly interrupted three times after he broke out in tears when questioned on charges of killing protesters, misuse of power and profiteering. According to press reports, Mubarak denied that he had any information about the killing of protesters in the early days of the …

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Mubarak knew of ‘every bullet fired,’ says ex-spy chief

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, charged with murder, “had complete knowledge of every bullet fired” at protesters, according to damning testimony by his former spy chief published in a state newspaper on Thursday. Al-Akhbar daily reported that prosecutors partly relied on testimony provided by Omar Suleiman, the former head of intelligence and briefly …

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Egypt state media: Mubarak has no assets abroad

By AP CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has submitted a declaration of his wealth to authorities as he has every year since taking office in 1981, official media reported Sunday. State TV and the official news agency MENA quoted Mubarak’s “legal representative” as denying reports in local and foreign media about the former president’s …

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Mubarak forms reform committees, constitution reform panel named

By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael /AP CAIRO: In its latest effort to defuse public anger amid mass protests, embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s regime set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional changes that would relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits. Mubarak’s decrees were announced on state television by Vice President Omar Suleiman, …

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Mubarak may go to Germany for ‘medical visit’: report

By AFP BERLIN: German magazine Der Spiegel reported Monday that preparations were underway for embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to possibly visit Germany for an “extended medical check-up.” Rumors that Mubarak may arrive in Germany for a medical sojourn are “much more concrete than was believed until now,” the magazine wrote in its online edition. …

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‘Reluctant’ Mubarak faces protest D-day

By Ali Khalil / AFP CAIRO: Egyptian protesters massed Friday for sweeping “departure day” demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit after he said he would like to step down but fears chaos would result In his first television interview since 11 straight days of protest erupted shaking the pillars of his three-decade rule, Mubarak …

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Saudi prince says tough to predict Mubarak future

By Dmitry Zhdannikov /Reuters DAVOS, Switzerland: The future of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hinges on the ability of the country’s leaders to understand the reasons behind unprecedented protests, a Saudi royal family member said on Wednesday. “In Egypt, I really can’t say where this is going to go,” Prince Turki Al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence …

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