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Egypt Courts List Hamas As Terrorist Group, Give Brotherhood Leader Life

Hamas(Reuters). An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state.

In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison while other members received the death penalty. Read more »

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Dozens Of Suspected Militants Killed In Egypt’s North Sinai

egypt(Reuters). Egypt’s military killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources said on Wednesday, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region.

Apache helicopter gunships killed 18 suspected militants after they destroyed four vans in North Sinai, security sources in the remote but strategic region said. Read more »

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Egyptian Court Acquits Top Mubarak Era Officials On Graft Charges

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(Reuters).An Egyptian court on Tuesday acquitted two top Hosni Mubarak-era officials of graft charges at a retrial, judicial sources said, a day after a prominent activist was sentenced to five years in jail.

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly were both charged with illegal profiting and squandering public funds. Read more »

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Egypt Stages 2nd Wave Of Airstrikes After Video Of Killings

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(AP). Security officials say Egyptian warplanes have staged a second wave of airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State group in neighboring Libya.

The officials said the warplanes struck on Monday in Darna, an extremist stronghold in eastern Libya. The first wave of airstrikes also targeted Darna. Read more »

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Egypt Strikes IS Group In Libya After Video Of Mass Killing

Mideast Egypt Islamic State(AP). Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, just hours after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheading of several Egyptian Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks.

An armed forces spokesman announced the strikes on state radio, marking the first time Cairo has publicly acknowledged taking military action in neighboring Libya, where extremist groups seen as a threat to both countries have exploited the chaos following the 2011 uprising against dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Read more »

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Egypt Court Releases Al-Jazeera English Journalists

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(AP). An Egyptian judge has ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera English journalists, demanding that the Canadian defendant pay a $33,000 bail, pending their retrial.

The judge ordered the release of all defendants at the retrial’s opening on Thursday. The fiance of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy cheered in jubilation: “Long Live Justice.” Read more »

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Leading Egypt Uprising Activist Among 230 Sentenced To Life

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(AP). An Egyptian court sentenced 230 people, including one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising, to life in prison after finding them guilty on Wednesday of taking part in clashes between protesters and security forces.

All were tried in absentia except Ahmed Douma, a secular activist who is already serving a three-year-sentence for breaking a draconian law regulating protests. Read more »

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Officials: 2 Sons Of Egypt’s Mubarak Freed From Prison

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(AP). The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said.

Security officials said the two, wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal, walked free from Torah Prison in a southern Cairo suburb shortly after daybreak and headed to their respective homes in the capital’s upscale Heliopolis suburb. Read more »

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Egypt Court Orders Retrial In Al-Jazeera Case

(Al JazeeraAP). An Egyptian appeals court on Thursday ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists held for over a year on terror-related charges, a ruling that their lawyers hoped was a step toward resolving a case that brought a storm of international criticism on Egypt’s government.

The three will remain behind bars at least until the retrial begins. But their lawyers expressed cautious optimism that a quick retrial will lead to their eventual exoneration. Read more »

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Egyptian Jewish Leader Decries Court Ban Of Pilgrimage At Grave Of Harav Yaakov Abuhatzeira

Tomb_Rabbi_Yaakov_Abu_HatzeiraThe Head of the Jewish Community in Egypt, Magda Haroun described Tuesday the court’s  verdict banning the annual Abuhatzeira festival as “unconstitutional.”

On Monday, The Alexandria Administrative Court banned the celebration of the Abuhatzeira pilgrimage, saying it violates public orders. “The Jews have not had any particular impact on the Egyptian civilization,” said the verdict. The court also ordered the removal of the shrine from the Egyptian antiquities
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Egypt Bans ‘Exodus’ Labeling It A ‘Zionist Film

exodus(JNS). Egypt has banned the Hollywood Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” slamming the movies as a “Zionist film” and criticizing it for a number of historical inaccuracies.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, retells the epic Biblical story from the “Book of Exodus” of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Read more »

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Egypt’s Ambassador to US Attacks NY Times for ‘Biased Reporting on Egypt’

Mohamed Tawfik Egypt ambassador to USIn a recent editorial the New York Times slammed Egypt for refusing to grant entry to an American Scholar and former diplomat, Michele Dunne. Egypt said it denied her entry since she was in violation of the visa requirements.

In the blistering editorial, the Times also takes note with the $1.3 billion in military aid sent to Egypt “regardless of whether Cairo continues to repress Egyptian citizens or harass foreigners like Ms. Dunne.” Read more »

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Egypt Opens Border With Gaza After 2-Month Closure

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(AP). A Palestinian border official says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months, offering temporary relief to Palestinians seeking to leave the coastal enclave.

Maher Abu Sabha, the Gaza official in charge on the Gaza side, says the Rafah crossing is only to remain open for two days. Read more »

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Foreign Minister Lieberman Condemns Europeans For Supporting Unilateral Palestinian Moves

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman condemned European countries on Tuesday for supporting unilateral Palestinian steps toward independent statehood, while at the same time voicing somewhat subtle criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for stating that Israel needs to go on the diplomatic offensive.

Liberman – whom many believe is trying to position himself in the political center by leaving open the possibility of joining a coalition led by Labor’s Isaac Herzog and Hatnua’s Tzipi Livni for the upcoming national elections – stated that Israel would not accept diktats from the Palestinians.

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Egyptian Court Debates Ban on Hamas Military Wing

Sissi Egypt presidentAn Egyptian court is deliberating whether to place a ban on the military wing of Hamas, known as the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, as well as whether to list it as a terrorist organization. The Cairo-based court is set to issue its ruling on the matter on January 17.

Egyptian authorities have accused Hamas of taking part in the country’s Islamist insurgency, which has included attacks against government security forces.

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Egypt Court Drops Murder Charges Against Former President Hosni Mubarak

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(AP). An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade rule, citing the “inadmissibility” of the case due to a technicality.

The ruling marks another major setback for the young activists who spearheaded the Arab Spring-inspired uprising nearly four years ago — many of whom are now in prison or have withdrawn from politics. Read more »

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Al-Sisi: Egypt Ready To Send Peacemakers In Future Palestinian State

Sissi Egypt presidentEgypt is ready to send peacekeepers to a future Palestinian state to ensure Israel that no attacks are launched on Israeli citizens, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said in an interview to an Italian newspaper on Sunday.

“We are ready to send military troops inside a Palestinian state. They would help local police and reassure the Israelis through their [peace] guarantee role. Not forever, of course. For the time necessary to re-establish trust,” Sissi told the Corriere della Sera newspaper ahead of meetings on Monday with Italian leaders and Pope Francis. Read more »

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Egypt To Double Gaza Buffer Zone After Discovery Of Longer Smuggling Tunnels

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(JNS). The Egyptian army has announced plans to double its security buffer zone along the Gaza border to 1 kilometer (about six-tenths of a mile) in an effort to end weapons smuggling by terrorist groups in the region.

Egypt’s decision came after the discovery of longer tunnels—spanning between 800 and 1,000 meters (2,625 to 3,280 feet)—under the Gaza border, Al-Ahram reported. Read more »

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Sinai – Army Moves In As Egyptians Leave Homes Near Gaza

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(AP). Hundreds of Egyptians living along the border with the Gaza Strip evacuated their homes on Wednesday, after the army ordered them out to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers, officials said.

They said residents of the border town of Rafah have already handed over 62 homes to the army, a first step for a target of 880 houses — where some 10,000 people live. Read more »

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Missile, Fire From Egypt Wounds Two Israeli Soldiers

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(AP). Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.

The military said the attack occurred in southern Negev Desert, and that the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel. Read more »

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Jewish Comedian Tours Israel, Middle East To Find The World’s Funniest Person

laugh factory(AP). It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.

The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so the idea wasn’t unfamiliar. Still, it’s one thing to get a liquored-up audience laughing at lines like, “Take my mother-in-law — please.” Read more »

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Egypt Warplanes Strike Islamic Militias In Libya

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(AP). Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya on Wednesday, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The two officials, who have firsthand knowledge of the operation, said the use of the aircraft was part of an Egyptian-led campaign against the militiamen that will eventually involve Libyan ground troops recently trained by Egyptian forces. Read more »

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Israel/Hamas Talks Over Permanent Cease-Fire deal To Kick Off On Tuesday

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(AP). A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory.

Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Palestinian radio Sunday that talks will be held Tuesday in Cairo. Read more »

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Turkey Refuses To Join Neighboring Arab States’ Coalition With The US vs. ISIS

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(AP). Key Arab allies of the United States pledged Thursday to help in the battle against Islamic State militants, promising to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents and possibly to join military action.

NATO member Turkey refused to join its Arab neighbors in the public expression of support, signaling the struggle the West faces in trying to get nations on the front lines to put aside their regional animosities and work together against a common enemy. Read more »

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Arab Countries Give Abbas Backing On New UN Appeal

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(AP). Arab foreign ministers have backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s appeal to the United Nations to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 war and make way for an independent Palestinian state.

The Palestinian ambassador to Egypt, Jamal al-Shobaki, said Monday that the Arab resolution issued a day earlier calls for the Arab League chief to push the idea in the U.N. Security Council and other regional and international groups. Read more »

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