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Analysis: Gaddafi collapse will embolden Arab rebels

From the Atlantic coast to Gulf shores, live images on Arab satellite channels of rebels pouring into Tripoli, trampling on pictures of Gaddafi and chanting “From alley to alley, door to door,” taunting the leader with his own threats to hunt down his enemies, will rattle Arab leaders facing similar revolts.…

Egypt military pardons blogger after criticism

CAIRO — Egypt’s military said on Thursday it has dropped charges against prominent blogger Asmaa Mahfouz of insulting the country’s ruling generals after a wave of criticism from rights groups. The military, in a statement on its Facebook page, said it also decided to drop charges against another activist, Loai…

HRW accuses Egypt military of silencing critics

CAIRO — Human Rights Watch accused Egypt’s military on Thursday of escalating a crackdown on critics, after it decided to try an activist for insulting the ruling generals. Asmaa Mahfouz, an activist and blogger involved in the uprising earlier this year that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, will be tried by…

Gaza smugglers thriving after Mubarak

The swarm of tunnel activity on the Gaza border raises clouds of fine dust, a sure sign of the boom in underground trafficking since the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. While the ousted president appeared in court this week on a stretcher, smugglers from the Palestinian territories — under an…

Egypt judge vows speedy trial for former president Mubarak

CAIRO — The head of the Cairo Criminal Court has vowed a speedy trial for ousted president Hosni Mubarak, the official MENA news agency reported on Sunday. Judge Ahmed Refaat said Mubarak’s trial, which starts on Wednesday, would be aired live on Egyptian television to “reassure people of the (credibility…

Former Egypt dictator and sons to be tried over killings, corruption

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were on Tuesday referred to a criminal court on charges of ordering the killings of anti-regime protesters and graft, the public prosecutor’s office said. The prosecutor’s office said that Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal have been charged…

Mubarak ‘may face death’ if proven guilty

CAIRO — Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, detained pending a probe into corruption and state violence, may be jailed or hanged if found guilty of ordering the killing of demonstrators, state media said on Friday. The state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram quoted the head of Cairo’s appeals court, Zakaria Shalash, as saying that…

Egypt blogger gets 3 years for criticising military

CAIRO — An Egyptian military court on Monday jailed a blogger for three years for criticising the armed forces, the country’s rulers since president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, his lawyer told AFP. “Regrettably, the Nasr City military court sentenced Maikel Nabil to three years in prison,” Gamal Eid said.…

US hails Egypt vote as ‘important step’

CAIRO – The United States said Sunday that a weekend vote in Egypt that drew millions to the polls was an “important step” towards achieving the goals of the protesters who ended decades of authoritarian rule. US ambassador Margaret Scobey hailed the huge turnout for the referendum on constitutional changes…

Egyptian crowd attacks ElBaradei at voting station

CAIRO (Reuters) – A crowd of people blocked Mohamed ElBaradei from entering a polling station in Cairo on Saturday to cast a vote in Egypt’s constitutional referendum, shoving him and smashing his car window with rocks as he left. “We don’t want you, we don’t want you,” a crowd of youths chanted at…

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