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Egypt deports 600 Eritreans

Egypt: Egypt has expelled 600 Eritrean asylum seekers in a week, and will probably expel 600 more as the UN urges Cairo to stop the deportations. "Six hundred asylum seekers have been sent back to Eritrea this week and 600 others are about to be expelled," Mustafa Abul Hassan, of the Hisham Mubarak Center human rights association, told...

Murder charge against 10 Egyptian police

Egypt: Ten Egyptian paramilitary police conscripts have been charged with beating a colleague to death in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Egypt's police have been criticised for condoning a culture of brutality, a charge denied by the interior ministry. The incident came to light after an internal report concluded that Ali Zarif had...

150 immigrants feared dead in Libya boat capsize

Cairo: About 150 illegal immigrants drowned after their boat sank off the Libyan shore while en route to Italy. Most of the illegal immigrants, including at least 50 Egyptians, died after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean on June 7,  the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Monday quoting Egyptian Consul in Tripoli Adham Hilal was...

Islamic fatwa directs oil money for poor Egyptian

Cairo: An Islamic ruling that Egypt should give some of its oil and gas wealth to the people has ratcheted up the pressure on the government, already faced with rising popular discontent over food prices. The Islamic Research Centre of Cairo's Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's highest authority, has issued a fatwa or religious edict...

Egypt for Iran's active role in Arab region

Egypt: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit says Iran should make use of its rising influence in the Arab world to stabilize the region. "You now find that Iran is on a surge and it imagines that it is able to influence the region. Perhaps they can influence the region, but we always say to our friends in Iran: Let the influence on...

Sudan calls on Egypt for more peacekeepers in Darfur

Cairo: Visiting Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein on Sunday called on Egypt to send more peacekeepers to the western Sudanese region of Darfur, seeking a strong Egyptian peacekeeping role in the restive region. Egypt is a key partner in the Sudanese peace process due to its strenuous efforts to help reach peace and stability...

Egypt begins deportations of Eritrean migrants

Cairo: Egypt has begun mass deportations of detained Eritrean asylum seekers to Asmara and plans to forcibly return hundreds more in a move Amnesty International said puts them at serious risk of torture. London-based Amnesty said on Friday that a first batch of 200 asylum seekers was flown back to Eritrea on Wednesday on a special Egyptair...

Egypt refrain 92-year-old's marriage

Egypt: The Egyptian authorities have banned a 92-year-old man from marrying a 17-year-old girl, the Egyptian al-Akhbar newspaper has reported. The ministry of justice invoked a law which says the age gap between spouses should not exceed 25 years. Egypt brought in the law prohibiting the marriage of elderly men to very young girls during the Gulf...

Egypt police kill a Sudanese on Israel border

Egypt: Egyptian police have killed a Sudanese migrant who was allegedly trying to illegally cross the border into Israel, health officials say. Imad Kharboush of El-Arish Hospital said 29-year-old Mohammed Tahir Mersal died in the hospital Tuesday of a gunshot wound, agency reprot said. Another Sudanese migrant, Al-Tayeb Adam, says the guards...

Egypt deports 30 Sudanese refugees

Egypt: Human Rights Watch has called on Egypt to investigate the forced return of Sudanese who had been given official refugee status in the country.   The Washington-based rights organization said that forcible return of refugees is a violation of Egypt's obligations under international law. According to relatives' accounts of five of the...

Road accident kills 12 in Egypt

Cairo (Egypt): A bus collided head-on with a minibus in central Egypt on Sunday, killing 12 people and injuring 12, police said.   The driver of the bus, travelling between the Nile River provinces of Beni Suef and Minya, lost control after a truck crossed into his path, a police official said. Bad driving, lax traffic rules and poor road...

Egypt’s emergency to use against the oppositions

Egypt: Having governed for 27 years under a permanent state of emergency, president Hosni Mubarak (80) is still unable to manage without it. On Sunday Egypt is renewing the state of emergency for antoher two years. Human rights organisations say the measure is aimed primarily at opposition movements and activists. The regime says it needs the...

Emergency law in Egypt for 2 more years

Cairo: The Egyptian parliament, at the request of the government, on Monday extended emergency law for two years until mid-2010 or until anti-terrorism legislation has been drawn up to replace it. The law, in force since the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat, allows the authorities to hold people without charge for long periods and...

Troops nab 18 opposition members in Egypt

Egypt: Egyptian authorities have arrested 18 members of the opposition group Muslim Brotherhood around the country, a security official says. Thirteen of the members were arrested in the northern Nile Delta provinces of Sharqiyah and Munifiyah, and five in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Also, last month, an Egyptian military court jailed...

Egyptian Human Rights body to end emergency

Egypt: A state-backed human rights watchdog has called on Egyptian authorities to end a 27-year-old state emergency at the end of this month. "Nothing any longer justifies the extension of the state of emergency, all the more so as Egypt is experiencing a period of stability," said the National Council of Human Rights, headed by Boutros...