Egypt, Sudan to coordinate on Libya unrest

Abdel Fattah el-SisiCairo : Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Sunday his country will work with Sudan to support Libya's military against Islamic militants in a bid to restore stability to the two countries' war-torn neighbor.

El-Sissi's remarks came at the end of a two-day visit by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

The chaos in Libya is a top foreign policy concern for Egypt, which has seen cross-border attacks by Islamic militants. Libya's new government has accused Sudan of arming "terrorist groups" in Libya, a charge Khartoum denies.

Egypt on alert after first MERS case detected

mers virusCairo, April 27 - Egyptian health ministry said Saturday that it discovered the first case of the SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in an Egyptian man back from Saudi Arabia.

The 27-year-old patient took a medical examination Friday in a Cairo hospital, Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying in a statement. It added that the man was in a stable condition now.

Saudi Arabia has been severely hit by the MERS virus, as over 300 such cases have been reported and 92 people died since April, 2012.

Egypt's Sisi resigns as defence minister

Abdel Fattah el-SisiCairo, March 27 - Egypt's defence minister and armed forces chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July, tendered his resignation Wednesday, the media reported.

Sisi is expected to run for president in the upcoming presidential election, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

Quoting a military source, the daily said Sisi was expected to announce the decision in a statement.

Egypt rejects appeals against election panel decisions

Adly MansourCairo, March 23 - Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour rejected Saturday proposals by political parties to allow judicial appeals against the decisions of the presidential election commission, state media said.

"The presidency stressed that these recommendations cannot be approved due to the circumstances of the ongoing transitional period," reported Xinhua citing the president's constitutional adviser Ali Awad.

Controversy went on in Egypt over the past few weeks about article No. 7 of the newly-issued election law which immunises the decisions of the election panel against challenges.

Egypt court postpones Morsi's trial

Mohamed-MorsiCairo, March 6 : The Cairo Criminal Court Thursday suspended the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over charges of inciting the killing of protestors, media reported.

The defence also demanded that the court dissolve the judges' panel, saying the current panel was biased, Xinhua reported citing Nile TV.

Morsi's trials over espionage and jailbreak were also suspended for the same reason.

Morsi to stand trial Jan 28 over Egypt jailbreak

Mohamed-MorsiCairo, Jan 2 : Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi will go on trial Jan 28 over charges of a 2011 prison break, media reported Thursday.

Morsi will stand trial along with more than 130 other Muslim Brotherhood members, members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah for storming the Wady al-Natroun prison.

They will be tried for kidnapping, and killing police officers during the 2011 uprising that toppled his predecessor Honsi Mubarak, Xinhua reported.

Mubarak retrial resumes in Egypt

Mubarak retrial resumes in EgyptCairo, Dec 15 : Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was brought to a criminal court, as former chief of staff of the armed forces Sami Anan will testify over charges against him, media reported Sunday.

In a confidential session, the court will listen to Anan's testimony against Mubarak for killing protestors in the 2011 upheaval, and exporting gas to Israel at lower prices compared to the international market, Xinhua reported.

Egypt's former army chief and Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi gave testimony in Saturday hearings on the same charges.

Syria to transfer chemical arms: Assad

Bashar-al-AssadCairo, Sep 12 : Syria has agreed to transfer its chemical weapons to international control “in response to Russia’s initiative and not over the fear of US aggressive threats”, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday.

“Damascus will pass all documents needed for the country to join the Chemical Weapons Convention in the United Nations Organisation,” TV channel Rossiya 24 quoted the Syrian leader as saying.

No other details were immediately available.(IANS)

Morsi jailed for insulting judiciary

Mohamed-MorsiCairo, Sep 7 : An Egyptian court has jailed ousted president Mohamed Morsi for four days pending investigations over insulting the judiciary, state-run Ahram website reported Saturday.

Morsi, in a televised interview, accused 22 judges of fraud during the 2005 parliamentary elections, Xinhua reported.

He is also accused of attempting to influence the trial of Ahmed Shafiq, his rival in the presidential elections.

Morsi is now serving a renewed 15-day term pending investigations over charges of spying and breaking out of prison during the 2011 turmoil which toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi could be sent to where Mubarak is: Egyptian minister

Mohammed-MorsiCairo, July 28 : Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi maybe transferred to Torah prison, where former president Hosni Mubarak has been held, said Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Saturday.

On Friday, a top Egyptian court ordered 15-day detention of Morsi for investigations regarding charges of spying and jailbreak during the 2011 unrest that toppled Mubarak.

The investigating chief is the one who decides the place for detaining Morsi, Xinhua reported the interior minister as adding.

'ElBaradei not confirmed as Egypt PM'

Cairo, July 7 - Egypt's new presidential media adviser late Saturday denied the media reports stating opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei had been appointed the country's interim prime minister, reported state-run MENA news agency.

"Until now, President Adli Mansour has not officially assigned ElBaradei or anyone else to form the new government," reported Xinhua citing Ahmed al-Mislimani, who has just taken up the post of presidential media adviser.

Mislimani said discussions were still going on about the nomination for interim prime minister, noting that the transitional government has to be "a crisis-management government" at the current critical stage.

Mansour sworn in Egypt's interim leader as Morsi ousted

Adli-MansourCairo, July 4 : Egyptian chief justice Adli Mansour was sworn in Thursday as the country's interim president, hours after the army ousted incumbent Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest.

Mansour, who took oath as head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) earlier in the day, said fresh elections were "the only way" forward. But he gave no indication of when they would be held, BBC reported.

Morsi, the country's first freely-elected leader, described the political developments as a military coup. The army, though, said Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the people".

Mubarak's retrial put off till July 6

Hosni-MubarakCairo, June 10 : The retrial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak over responsibility for killing protesters was adjourned to July 6, the presiding judge of a Cairo court said during a session aired by state TV Monday.

The retrial includes Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib al-Adli, six former top police officials and fugitive business tycoon Hussein Salem over charges related to the death of protesters, along with corruption, profiteering and illicit gains, reported Xinhua.

Egyptian PM survives attack on his motorcade

Hesham-QandilCairo, May 6 : Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil survived an attack on his motorcade by a group of armed men late Sunday, an interior ministry statement said.

"A vehicle intruded into the prime minister's motorcade and when the security guards tried to push it away, one of its passengers opened fire at the security vehicle," Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.

"While running away, the vehicle hit a policeman and a citizen but the police managed to bust the vehicle and arrest the five attackers after a pursuit," said the statement.

Egyptian cabinet to be reshuffled: Morsi

Egyptian cabinet to be reshuffled: MorsiCairo, April 21 - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said Saturday he intends to announce an imminent cabinet reshuffle, he posted on his official Twitter page.

"There will be a cabinet reshuffle and also a change of governors. Those best qualified will hold the responsibility in order to achieve the goals of the revolution," reported Xinhua citing Morsi in his tweet. (IANS)

Egypt ready to block porn websites: Official

porn-websitesCairo, April 1 : Egypt has prepared technologies and equipment to block access to websites with pornographic content, the deputy head of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority Sherif Hashem said.

"Technologies to prevent pornographic content from being shared on the territory of Egypt are fully ready for use," he said Sunday.

Since January, internet service providers have been installing filters to block access to such websites.

Hashem said that his company is now waiting for the country's authorities to lay down a set of rules to determine what websites should be banned.

Israeli citizen held in Egypt

Israeli citizen held in EgyptCairo, March 11 - The Egyptian authorities Sunday arrested an Israeli national for sneaking into South Sinai governorate, security sources said.

"The Israeli man, identified as Gabriel Abu Shlomo, 29, did not have any identification papers or a passport," reported Xinhua citing the sources.

Abu Shlomo travelled from Israel's Eilat to the Egyptian city of Taba and crossed the boarder Saturday evening.

Keep police out of politics: Egyptian interior minister

Keep police out of politics: Egyptian interior ministerCairo, March 11 - Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has called on all political forces to keep the police out of politics.

Demanding to keep the interior ministry out of the ongoing political conflict, Ibrahim said the police was independent and did not belong to any political faction, Xinhua reported.

"Leave us (to) work for the sake of the security," the minister said Sunday during a press conference.

Retrial of ex-Egyptian President Mubarak starts next month

Retrial of ex-Egyptian President Mubarak starts next monthCairo, March 4 : A retrial for Egypt''s former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and former interior minister, is set to open on April 13, official MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

Samir Abu Maati, the head of Cairo Appeals Court, said the court has set April 13 to retry Mubarak, his two sons, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli and his six assistants over involvement in the deaths of protesters, according to the report.

Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment in the first trial. (Xinhua-ANI)

John Kerry in Egypt for talks

John Kerry in Egypt for talksCairo, March 3 - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt Saturday on a two-day visit for talks with the Eyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Xinhua reported.

This is Kerry's first foreign trip as Washington's top diplomat.

Kerry, who planned to visit a number of Arab and European states, is scheduled to hold talks with Morsi Sunday on the bilateral relations, Egypt's economic recession and the regional issues of common concern including the Syrian crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. (IANS)

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