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Blasts hit Egypt gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan

CAIRO — An Egyptian pipeline sending gas to Israel and Jordan was hit by two explosions early Thursday, Egypt’s security services and the official news agency said. A first blast occurred around 1:00 am (2300 GMT Wednesday) 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the town of al-Arish in the north…

Egypt’s military junta jails dissident blogger

By Samer al-Atrush CAIRO — Egypt’s ruling military jailed a veteran dissident and blogger on Sunday on charges of inciting deadly clashes between soldiers and Christians this month, his sister and a fellow activist said. Alaa Abdel Fatah, who was jailed for his activism under ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s government…

Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz speaks at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz spoke to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on Tuesday at the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in lower Manhattan. “Many of U.S. residents were in solidarity with us,” she said. “So, we have to keep going all over the world, because another world is possible for all…

Egyptian jailed for Facebook Islam insult

An Egyptian court sentenced a man to three years in jail with hard labour on Saturday for insulting Islam in postings on Facebook, the official MENA news agency reported. The Cairo court found that Ayman Yusef Mansur “intentionally insulted the dignity of the Islamic religion and attacked it with insults…

Egypt, Israel close to swap of alleged spy for prisoners

CAIRO — The Egyptian foreign ministry has been charged with overseeing the exchange of an Israeli-American alleged spy being held in Egypt for Egyptian prisoners in Israel, the official Mena news agency reported late Thursday. The foreign ministry will be responsible “for overseeing the exchange of spy Ilan Grapel for…

U.S. lawmaker urges delay in arms sales to Bahrain

WASHINGTON — The United States should delay the sale to Bahrain of any items in a proposed $53 million weapons package that could be used against protesters there, a US senator said Thursday. “I urge the administration to delay the sale of any items within the proposed weapons package that…

Egypt plans big rise in price of gas to Israel

Egypt will substantially raise the price of its gas exports to Israel, which have stopped after militants blew up a Sinai desert pipeline, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Tuesday. Oil minister Abdullah Ghurab said there would be “a large increase in the price” after the revision which would be announced soon, the state-owned Al-Ahram…

Egypt military rulers agree to amend election law

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers agreed on Saturday to amend a controversial electoral law following threats of a poll boycott by dozens of political parties and a rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for reforms. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted…

Protesters declare sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square launched a sit-in on Friday following a rally to reclaim the revolution amid anger over the military rulers’ handling of the transition. Thousands had flocked to the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February to demand an end to military trials of…

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,…

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