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by: Agencies 2005-11-5

Mubarak says turnout will be key to elections
Cairo: Turnout will be the main measure of success for the parliamentary elections kicking off this week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published yesterday.
"Participation and turnout are key to the success of the elections in the same way they were key to the success of the president..

by: Agencies 2005-12-14
Mubarak wants elections’ "negative aspects answered strongly so that they will not be repeated." The rest of the speech hailed the elections as a landmark event...The President appoints women and Copts to the assembly.....

by: Agencies 2006-2-10

In an ironic move, and while the world is witnessing a heated debate over Freedom of Expression by the press after the publication of the Prophet’s Cartoons, Daniel Ayalon, the Israeli Ambassador to the US raised eyebrows when he wrote a letter to two prominent American newspapers protesting publication of two articles by Hamas Leaders.

 Mr. Ayalon in his letter to the Washington P..

by: Agencies 2006-3-27

The United States and its allies are waging war against all Muslims even if they claim to be fighting Al Qaeda and Taleban only, a ranking leader of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt has said.

Sheikh Syed Maqsood, a member of parliament in Egypt who also sits on the ‘Shura’ of Muslim Brotherhood and is editor of Islamic research unit in the Al Azhar University, said President George W Bush h..

by: Agencies 2006-4-25

Egyptian police have broken up a pro-reform protest at the Judges’ Syndicate in Cairo, beating one senior judge and detaining 15 protesters.
Fifty judges have been holding a sit-in at their headquarters to protest against the prosecution of two of their colleagues by the government.

Police moved against demonstrators overnight and struck a judge who came out to defend them, witness..

by: Agencies 2006-4-28

 Human rights activists condemned the arrest of at least 30 protesters at demonstrations held on 26 and 27 April, held in support of pro-reform judges.

Among other groups, the South Centre for Human Rights Studies called in a press statement for the "immediate release of all those detained for supporting independence".

According to various eyewitness accounts and televisi..

by: Agencies 2006-7-11

The Egyptian Parliament passed a controversial press law on Monday, shortly after President Hosni Mubarak instructed his government to remove some of the provisions for prison sentences against journalists. Parliament, at Mubarak’s suggestion, ultimately removed a controversial clause that would have allowed jail terms for journalists who impugn the financial integrity of officials or state emp..

by: Agencies 2006-7-15

Israeli internal security minister Avi Dichter has affirmed that PA premier Ismail Haneyya and Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah are assassination targets.

"Anyone leading terrorism against Israel knows very well that he will be a target for the Israeli assassination squad. Haneyya and Nasrallah and others put themselves on the list; yet, we will be the one..

by: Agencies 2006-7-30

An Israeli air strike killed at least 55 Lebanese civilians, including 21 children, in the southern village of Qana on Sunday, July 30, in the bloodiest single attack during Israel’s 19-day-old war on Hizbullah

Several houses collapsed and a three-storey building where about 150 civilians were sheltering was destroyed, witnesses and rescue workers told Al-Jaz..

by: Agencies 2006-8-13

Hezbollah said it will respect the recently adopted UN resolution said to be aimed at ending bloodshed in the Lebanese territories, even though it said that the resolution was not fair.

The Lebanese resistance movement’s leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said although the UN resol..

by: Agencies 2006-8-13

Shortly pafter September 11 attacks that hit the United States in 2001, the U.S. President George W Bush angered the Muslims in America and all over the world by unwise remarks he made in which he characterised America’s upcoming struggle against terrorism as a "Crusade."

Bush sparked tensions in Middle East and alienated Muslims, even though he quickly backed off from h..

by: Agencies 2006-11-24


Ramadan 2006 may well be remembered as the Ramadan of the veil. In remarks widely reported in the Arab press, former U.K. foreign secretary Jack Straw described the veil as "a visible statement of separation and difference"; in the ensuing controversy, British Prime Minister Tony Blair lent his support to ..

by: Agencies 2007-2-10

Anti-riot police scuffled with demonstrators in Cairo as Muslims marched in Jordan and Lebanon to express outrage over Israeli renovation work near Islam’s third-holiest shine.

The work at a compound in Jerusalem’s Old City that is home to the golden-capped Dome of the Rock shrine and al-Aqsa mosque – sacred for Muslims, who believe the place is where the Prophet Mohammed ascended to hea..

by: Agencies 2007-3-25
Egypt’s foreign minister sharply criticised US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after she raised concerns over planned constitutional amendments, saying hours before her arrival in the country yesterday that Egypt would not accept interference even from "friends." Rice is holding key talks in southern Egypt with Arab foreign ministers over the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But her visit co..

by: Agencies 2007-4-4

Naj Hamadi city council in Qena governorate, southern Egypt, has issued an administrative decision to shut down the local Centre for Trade Union and Workers’ Services branch, which provides training and counselling for workers. Government authorities are now threatening the closure of a second CTUWS branch in the Nile delta.