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Egypt police raid Al-Jazeera office

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of Al-Jazeera Egypt on Thursday, confining its journalists to one room and confiscating equipment, the channel’s bureau chief told AFP. Ahmed Zain said the officers entered the channel’s new premises, roughed up staff, forced them into one room and took away their…

Clinton hopes Egypt emergency law lifted before June

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she hoped that Egypt would lift its emergency law before June 2012, the date set by the new military rulers in Cairo. “We have encouraged and continue to encourage the government to lift the state of emergency,” Clinton said…

Iranian admiral threatens to send ‘powerful presence’ near U.S. east coast

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran raised the prospect on Tuesday of sending military ships close to the United States’ Atlantic coast, in what would be a major escalation of tensions between the long-standing adversaries. “Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a powerful…

Egypt’s democratic transition lags amid confusion

CAIRO — It took 18 days of democracy protests to end Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years in power. It may yet take at least 18 months after his overthrow to see off the generals who succeeded him. The military, in charge since Mubarak was toppled in February, has said…

Egypt bans exporting palm fronds for Israeli holiday

JERUSALEM — An Egyptian decision to ban the export of closed palm fronds used in an upcoming Jewish festival is forcing Israel to seek ways to make up the shortfall, its agriculture minister said on Sunday. In the past, Israeli dealers imported between 600,000 and 700,000 fronds, the vast majority…

Egypt’s ex-tourism minister gets 3-year jail term

CAIRO — A Cairo court sentenced former tourism minister Zuheir Garana on Sunday to three years in prison for illegally issuing operating licences to tourism companies, the state news agency MENA reported. Garana had been previously convicted in May on different corruption charges to five years in prison. He is…

Egypt military to widen state of emergency

CAIRO — One of Egypt’s ruling generals said Monday the military will expand a state of emergency because of a “breach in public security” after protesters stormed Israel’s embassy and clashed with police, state news agency MENA reported. The ruling military council issued a decree to widen the scope of…

Al-Jazeera Egypt shut down for ‘sowing dissent’

CAIRO — The satellite channel Al-Jazeera Egypt said on Sunday the authorities had prevented it from broadcasting, after entering its offices and confiscating transmission equipment. Ahmed Zain, the channel’s chief in Cairo, told AFP that police, officers from the culture ministry and representatives of Egypt’s public broadcaster had also seized…

Egyptian shot at Israel border dies as ties strain

CAIRO — An Egyptian policemen shot on the border with Israel last month has died of his injuries, a human rights group said Sunday, bringing to six the number of those killed in an incident that has triggered tensions between the two countries. Imad Abdel Malak died at dawn Saturday…

Rights group says Egypt abusing military trials

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has arrested and tried more civilians before military tribunals than those brought before them during the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. “Nearly 12,000 prosecutions since February is astounding and shows how Egypt’s military rulers are undermining the…

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