Egypt

Optimism over return of kidnap Israeli

By JCReporter, March 28, 2013

Israeli sources said on Monday that the ordeal of Amir Hassan, an Israeli citizen kidnapped last Friday in Sinai and held by a Bedouin gang, was likely to be short.

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Jews of Egypt film banned by security officials

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2013

Egyptian security officials have banned the screening of a Jewish documentary at Egyptian cinemas.

The ban was imposed one day before the "Jews of Egypt" documentary was due to be screened at three national cinemas today – no reasons were provided.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, the documentary looked at the lives of Egyptian Jews from the 1900s to the 1950s.

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US postpones award for 'Hitler tweet' journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

An Egyptian journalist who was due to receive a US medal of honour had her award postponed and was put under investigation by White House officials after she was accused of supporting terrorist activity.

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Kerry sowing seeds of a nightmare in Middle East

By John R Bradley, March 7, 2013

As US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Egypt last week, the country was hit by a massive swarm of locusts —an eerie echo of the eighth of the Ten Plagues just weeks before Pesach.

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Ahmadinejad visits Egypt - next stop Gaza?

By Anna Sheinman, February 5, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Cairo in the first Iranian state visit to Egypt since its revolution in 1979 and says he also wants to visit Gaza.

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Clashes at UK embassy in Egypt

By Sandy Rashty, February 1, 2013

Protesters have reportedly attacked the British embassy in Cairo with petrol bombs.

According to the local media, the attack came after clashes with Egyptian security forces outside the presidential palace this afternoon.

Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are calling for further demonstrations in Tahrir Square, in central Cairo.

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Binladen bridge could spark war

By John R Bradley, February 1, 2013

It has long been held that during the coming decades, competition for ever-diminishing water supplies would be the main trigger for regional wars in the Middle East. However, a proposed 30 mile-long bridge linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt, is a likely cause for more imminent military confrontation.

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Fear of ‘collapse’ in Egypt

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2013

Demonstrations commemorating the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution have turned into violent riots against the new Muslim Brotherhood government.

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Mr Morsi’s Nick Clegg moment

By David Aaronovitch, January 30, 2013

This is an unfair world in which people are always trying to bring a guy down. Take President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt. Here's a chap who, since taking the reins of power in his country in June (and then the saddle, the spurs and the bridle), has by and large acted in foreign affairs as his predecessors did.

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Leaders’ streams

January 21, 2013

It is rare to get direct access to the innermost thoughts of a nation's leader but global statesmen appear to have been letting their streams of consciousness flow recently. This week we learned the extent of Barack Obama's contempt for Benjamin Netanyahu; he is so weary of Israeli policies that he "didn't even bother getting angry" when the E1 settlement plan was announced.

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