Egypt

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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White House: Morsi bloodsucker remarks ‘deeply offensive’

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2013

The White House has hit out at Mohamed Morsi over the Egyptian President’s recently-revealed comments that he called Zionists “bloodsuckers” in a television interview aired in 2010.

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Hamas and Fatah head to Cairo for attempt at unity

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met the head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, in Cairo on Wednesday in yet another attempt to push through a Fatah-Hamas unity agreement.

The first unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions was signed nearly two years ago but so far no concrete steps have been taken towards genuine joint-leadership.

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Hamas and Fatah leaders due to meet in Egypt

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Palestinian Authority President and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal will meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks on Wednesday, according to reports in the Egyptian press.

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Morsi: Zionists are ‘descendants of pigs’

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2013

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called Zionists “bloodsuckers” and descendants of pigs in a television interview aired in 2010 and transcribed recently by Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri).

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Israeli/Egypt border fence almost complete

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

The Israeli Defence Ministry announced the completion of the main section of the Israeli-Egpytian border fence on Wednesday.

The 230km fence is aimed at preventing illegal immigrants, terrorists and smugglers from entering Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border for a ceremony marking the completion of two and a half years' work.

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