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Abbas’ Palestinian cabinet to resign amid Arab revolutions, sources say

RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinian cabinet will tender resignations Monday after which Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will select new ministers at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas, political sources said. The shake-up, disclosed to Reuters Sunday, was long demanded by Fayyad and some in Abbas’s Fatah faction. It follows…

Gantz appointed new Israel military chief

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel appointed Major General Benny Gantz as new military chief on Sunday, ending months of bitter infighting among top generals as it grapples with political changes sweeping the region. Gantz, 51, replaces Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, whose term as chief of staff of the armed forces ends…

NBC: Mubarak will step down Thursday

Click here to watch live video of events in Egypt as they unfold Update (4:15 pm EST): Mubarak pledges not to step down until September Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told the nation Thursday that he would not step down until elections could be held in September. Update (1:15 pm EST):…

Obama consults Saudi King Abdullah on Egypt

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama stressed the need for a meaningful and lasting political transition in Egypt in a telephone call with key ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, officials said. “The President spoke today with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia about the situation in Egypt,” the White House said…

Egypt protests draw biggest crowd yet

CAIRO – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square and towns across Egypt on Tuesday, in the biggest show of defiance to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak since the revolt began. In Cairo, the immense crowd hailed as a hero a charismatic cyberactivist and Google executive whose Facebook…

Egypt VP favored by Israel to succeed Mubarak, cables show

Israel has long seen Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s recently appointed vice president, as the successor to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, US State Department cables released by secrets outlet WikiLeaks show. One document detailed Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s 2008 meeting with Suleiman, the then-Egyptian spy chief, as recalled by Israel’s Arab…

Obama urges Mubarak to begin Egypt’s transition ‘now’

US President Barack Obama spoke Saturday to several foreign leaders about the unrest in Egypt, as Washington stepped up its diplomatic effort for a quick transition of power in the country roiled by 12 days of protests. Obama underscored the need for “an orderly, peaceful transition, beginning now,” the White…

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