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Obama urges Egypt army chief to lift state of emergency

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged Egypt’s army chief to lift a state of emergency and end military trials for civilians, according to a telephone conversation announced Monday by the White House. Obama also asked Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to “reaffirm the close partnership between the United States and…

Egypt army warns against threats to democracy

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers warned Thursday against any threat to democracy and national security on the eve of planned protests calling for reform, in a statement on their Facebook page. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February,…

Mubarak and family under house arrest in Egypt, Army says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family are not allowed to leave the country, the military council to which he handed power on February 11 said on Monday. The military denied reports that Mubarak had left to Saudi Arabia, adding: “He and his family are subject to…

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