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Military urges halt to strikes gripping Egypt

CAIRO – Egypt’s military government on Monday urged a halt to widespread strikes inspired by a popular uprising that threatened to paralyse the country following Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow. The orders came after the elderly generals now ruling the country met some of the young Internet activists who triggered the revolt…

Mubarak regime abused 50,000 homeless children in Cairo, reporter says

Thousands of children that live in the streets of Cairo, Egypt, were brutally abused under the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, a Middle East correspondent recently wrote. “They are everywhere in the capital, the 50,000 street children of Cairo, Mubarak’s shameful, unspoken legacy, the detritus of the poor and the…

Egypt’s new military regime to effectively outlaw strikes

CAIRO – Egypt’s new military rulers will issue a warning on Monday against anyone who creates “chaos and disorder,” an army source said. The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and tell all Egyptians to get back to work after…

White House reiterates demand that Iran allow protests

A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran’s refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings. “By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” National Security…

Swiss freeze possible Mubarak assets

ZURICH – Switzerland has frozen assets possibly belonging to Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down as president of Egypt Friday after 30 years of rule, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said. “I can confirm that Switzerland has frozen possible assets of the former Egyptian president with immediate effect,” spokesman Lars…

Mubarak says he will not resign until September

After a day of rumors fed by major news networks citing officials from the US and Cairo claiming Hosni Mubarak would resign, Egypt’s president addressed the nation and reiterated his intent to hold the post until September. “Your demands are lawful and legitimate,” he said to protesters in Tahrir Square,…

Egypt protests mount as US presses Mubarak

CAIRO – Galvanised by the biggest day of protest since their campaign to oust Hosni Mubarak’s regime began, Egyptian pro-democracy campaigners attempted to blockade parliament Wednesday. As speakers blared “Do not be tired. Do not be tired. Freedom isn’t free,” thousands of protesters remained camped under plastic sheets and the…

Freed Google executive arrives at Cairo protest

CAIRO – Freed Egypt activist Wael Ghonim arrived at the epicentre of anti-regime protests in Cairo on Tuesday where he was welcomed as a hero by the crowd of hundreds of thousands. The crowd surged towards him, many weeping, clapping and shouting: “Long live Egypt, long live Egypt!” The young…

Leaders inside and outside Egypt seek exit from impasse

CAIRO (Reuters) – Political leaders were meeting inside and outside Egypt on Saturday to seek a way out of a dangerous impasse between President Hosni Mubarak and demonstrators calling for him to step down. “The status quo is simply not sustainable,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a security…

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