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Egypt Rejects US 'Meddling' in Internal Affairs

Egypt has accused the United States of meddling in its internal affairs, after Washington called for international monitors to observe the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.In a strongly worded statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Thursday the U.S. is acting like an "overseer" and not respecting the country's sovereignty.Cairo...

Egyptian Opposition Protests Renewal of Emergency Law

The government's decision to renew Egypt's longstanding Emergency Law has drawn furious reactions from opposition figures and rights advocates. While government spokesmen say the law will only be used against terrorism and drug trafficking, critics say it is aimed primarily at stifling political dissent. Egypt voted in elections to the upper house...

Christian Parties Call On South African President Jacob Zuma to Quit Over 'Love-Child'

Two Christian political parties have urged South African President Jacob Zuma to resign for fathering a child out-of-wedlock, saying he is undermining government efforts to fight HIV and AIDSs. "The African Christian Democratic Party is shocked by the report that President Zuma has fathered a love-child with the daughter of his close friend, Irvin...

Egypt arrests 25 illegal immigrants

Cairo: Egyptian border guards on Sunday arrested 25 illegal immigrants who were trying to cross into Israel via the Egyptian border in central Sinai, the official MENA news agency reported. The group of Eritreans, including five women, confessed that some people had promised to help them sneak into Israel in return for money. Egypt's eastern...

Egyptians parliament house fire injures 13

Cairo: At least 13 Egyptians were injured on Tuesday when a fire broke out in the building of the Shura Council (upper house of the parliament) in downtown Cairo. The fire, which broke out in the third floor of the parliament building in the afternoon, has destroyed the third floor and spread to the second floor, according to local TV reports. A...

Egypt nab 14 Brotherhood members

Cairo: Egyptian police detained 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's most powerful opposition group, in the Nile Delta province of Menufia on Sunday, Brotherhood and security officials said. Police detained the men while they were holding a meeting at a mosque after dawn prayer, a security official said. The group, however, said...

Bus accident kills 10 in Egypt

Cairo: A minibus rammed into the back of a truck carrying steel bars north of Cairo on Sunday, killing 10 people, including a three-year-old boy, and injuring 11, the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported. All the injured were in critical condition and have been moved to hospitals in the Delta town of Benha, where the accident occurred...

Egypt discuss regional issues with Oman

Cairo: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks with visiting Sultan Qaboos ben Said of Oman Thursday on the latest regional developments and bilateral ties, the official MENA news agency reported. The talks of the two leaders focused on the Palestinian issue, the current situation in Lebanon and the Gulf region, Egyptian Presidential spokesman...

Egypt demands rich nation to cut farm subsidies

Geneva: The United States, Europe and other rich countries can help poor nations ramp up their own food production by agreeing to cut farm subsidies at talks this week, Egypt's trade minister said on Monday. As ministers began searching for an urgent breakthrough in long-delayed global trade talks, Egyptian Trade Minister Rachid Mohamed...

Egypt train car accident kills 40

Egypt: At least 40 people were killed and 60 injured on Wednesday when a truck failed to stop at a level crossing and pushed waiting traffic into the path of a speeding train in northern Egypt, police said. The truck ploughed into traffic at the level crossing, including a bus and at least four other vehicles, pushing them into the path of the...

Ruling party wins parliamentary polls in Egypt

Cairo(Egypt): Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party swept the elections for four vacant parliament seats, state media said on Monday, in polls the opposition said were marred by detentions of its supporters and low turnout. Ruling party candidates won all the contested seats in the coastal city of Alexandria and the Nile Delta province of...

Egypt summons Iranian envoy over a film

Cairo (Egypt): The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned a senior Iranian diplomat in Cairo over an Iranian film on the assassination of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the official MENA news agency reported. Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Tamer Khalil called in Seyyed Hossein Rajabi, head of the Iranian...

Egypt land dispute kills nine

Cairo (Egypt): A deadly clash between two families in an Egyptian Delta governorate over land disputes killed at least nine and injured six others on Thursday. The shootout occurred when both families claimed the ownership of a plot of land in a village in the Qalyubiya capital city of Benha, some 40 km north of Cairo, the official MENA news...

Mubarak for comprehensive African agriculture development plan

Egypt: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday called on African countries to implement a comprehensive agriculture development plan to increase agricultural production through expanding plantation and making efficient use of water resources.   The Egyptian president made the call at the opening ceremony of the summit of the New...

Egyptians condemn minister's Israel remark

Egypt: Dozens of Egyptian writers have condemned Culture Minister Faruq Hosni, a candidate to head UNESCO, for saying that he would visit Israel. The interview with an Israeli newspaper itself angered a group of 26 intellectuals, authors and poets, who consider Israel "the enemy" almost three decades after Egypt signed the first Arab...