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Clinton tours Cairo’s Tahrir unabashed by criticism

CAIRO (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took what she called a “thrilling” tour of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, centre of the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak, on Wednesday, ignoring criticism of Washington’s long support for his regime. The most senior US official to visit Egypt since the veteran strongman’s…

Egypt government warns of ‘counter-revolution’

CAIRO – Egypt’s new government warned on Wednesday of a “counter-revolution” following a series of deadly political and religious clashes blamed on diehards of the former regime. The government said it “is fully committed to the interests of the people and to implementing the goals of the revolution; and it…

Arab uprisings raise hope, doubts among filmmakers

OUAGADOUGOU – Popular uprisings that toppled veteran leaders in the Arab world have raised hopes among north African filmmakers that the winds of change will also blow across the burgeoning industry. But there are fears too that the revolts which ousted Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian strongman Hosni…

“Thugs” continue to attack protestors in Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) — Dozens of men wielding knives and machetes and hurling bricks and petrol bombs confronted protesters at the headquarters ofEgypt’s state security, a force whose abuses fueled an uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, they said. It appeared to be the first time armed men in plain clothes had deployed…

Mubarak ally quits as Egyptian PM

CAIRO (AFP) – Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned unexpectedly Thursday, sparking celebrations from protesters who demand a purge of the remnants of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The country’s military rulers said he would be replaced by Essam Sharaf, a former transport minister who joined the rallies in Cairo’s…

Egypt bans Mubarak travel, freezes assets

CAIRO — Egypt on Monday slapped a ban on ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family travelling abroad, and also imposed a freeze on their assets, judicial officials said. Besides Mubarak, who resigned on February 11 following weeks of protests, the decision also applied for his wife Suzanne, his two…

Egyptians pack Tahrir for protest and celebration

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new military rulers, promising to guard against “counter-revolution,” faced political pressure on Friday to purge the cabinet of ministers appointed by Hosni Mubarak as thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo. On the eve of the rally that will also celebrate two weeks since Mubarak’s removal, the…

US official in Cairo in wake of Mubarak downfall

CAIRO – US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns arrived on Monday to take stock of the situation in Egypt 10 days after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, the US embassy in Cairo said. Besides meeting leaders of Egypt’s interim military-led administration, the Arabic-speaking veteran diplomat is to…

US wants women on Egypt’s constitutional committee

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States voiced regret Saturday at the absence of women on a committee tasked with proposing amendments to Egypt’s constitution despite their participation in protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak. “Women in #Egypt protested for change. It is a concern that women are excluded from the constitutional…

First new political party in 15 years formed in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – A court on Saturday approved a new political party that had sought a license for 15 years, making it the first to be recognized since Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow and illustrating the political earthquake shaking the new Egypt. In a move to placate reformists and strikers and distance…

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