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Egypt Hands Life Sentence to Israeli Spy

Egypt courtAn Israeli, tried in absentia in an Egyptian court for spying on Egyptian officials and security deployments for Israel, has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Jordanian who has also been charged for spying on behalf of Israel has been sentenced to 10 years. The maximum sentence in Egypt, including those sentenced to life, is 25 years. Read more »

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Mubarak Defends Record of Egyptian Leadership in Court

According to a news report in Israel Hayom, Egypt’s overthrown President Hosni Mubarak, in his first public comments since being put on trial, denied Wednesday that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that deposed him, maintaining that he would be vindicated by history. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for bearing responsibility for the deaths of demonstrators and the breakdown of law and order during the 18-day revolt that terminated his 30-year presidency, but an appeals court subsequently ordered a retrial. The new proceedings resulted in the clearing of those charges, but Mubarak is currently serving a separate three-year sentence at a military hospital for embezzlement.

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Egypt Presents Proposal to End War in Gaza

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(AP) - Egypt presented a proposed cease-fire to Israel and Hamas aimed at ending the monthlong war, Palestinian officials said early Wednesday after negotiators huddled for a second day of Egyptian-mediated talks meant to resolve the crisis and bring relief to the embattled Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials told The Associated Press early Wednesday morning that Egypt’s proposal calls for easing parts of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, bringing some relief to the territory. But it leaves the key areas of disagreement, including the Islamic militant group Hamas’ demand for a full lifting of the blockade and Israeli calls for Hamas to disarm, to later negotiations. Read more »

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Egypt’s President Expected to Discuss Ceasefire Efforts on First Visit to Saudi Arabia

Abdul-Fattah-al-Sisi(AP) - Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met late Sunday in Saudi Arabia with one of his strongest international supporters, King Abdullah, to talk about key security issues impacting the region.

Saudi Arabia’s monarch has given Egypt at least $12 billion in aid to buoy its economy after the military, led by el-Sissi, ousted the country’s President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers from power amid massive protests. Read more »

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Israel Agrees To Extend Humanitarian Cease-Fire

Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official said.

The official, however, did not say for how much longer Israel had agreed to extend the truce, only that “Israel has expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms.”

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Saudi Official: Hamas Is Responsible for Civilian Deaths in Gaza

Mideast Israeli PalestiniansThe former head of Saudi intelligence services, Turki al Faisal said on Sunday that Hamas was responsible for “the crimes Israel has committed in the Gaza Strip,” according to a report by the daily Maariv newspaper.

In an interview quoted Sunday from Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Faisal said that “Hamas is responsible for the slaughter in the Gaza Strip following its bad decisions in the past, and the haughtiness it shows by firing useless rockets at Israel, which contribute nothing to the Palestinian interest. The Hamas rockets pose no threat to the Israeli occupation, even when they reach Tel Aviv.” Read more »

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Report: Phone Call Between Netanyahu and el-Sisi Led To Cease-Fire Proposal

Sissi Egypt presidentThe Egyptian-brokered cease-fire proposal accepted Tuesday morning by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet, came following a secret phone call between Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Saturday, Haaretz’ Barak Ravid reports.

Quartet special envoy Tony Blair urged the Egyptian leader to become more actively involved in promoting a cease-fire, diplomatic sources told Haaretz. Blair Read more »

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BREAKING: Israeli Security Cabinet Accepts Egyptian Brokered Ceasefire Deal

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The Israeli security cabinet decided to accept the Egyptian proposal for ceasefire in Gaza starting 9AM local time. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett reportedly voted against the proposal.

A senior Israeli official added that the cabinet decided that if Hamas continues to fire rockets after the ceasefire takes effect, Israel will act forcefully.

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Bipartisan Majority Demands Obama Consult With Congress on Iran Deal

Geneva Iran talksA majority of the House have signed a letter, sent to President Obama, demanding he consult with them on any final nuclear agreement with Iran as the deadline for negotiations nears.

The letter, signed by 344 members from both sides, noted that the U.S. Congress played a central role in enacting sanctions against Iran and insisted Congress be involved in any decision to ease sanctions. Read more »

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Egypt’s el-Sissi Defends Recent Price Hikes As ‘Bitter Pill’

Sissi Egypt president(AP). Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has defended his recent decisions to partially lift subsidies on fuel, calling them a necessary “bitter pill.”

In a nationally televised speech Monday, El-Sissi said he couldn’t delay such decisions even if it cost him support because “the dangers are great” for Egypt’s economy. Read more »

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Egypt President Wishes Al Jazeera Journalists Weren’t Tried

Al Jazeera Jounalists(AP) - Egypt’s president acknowledged for the first time that the heavy sentences handed down to three Al-Jazeera journalists had a “very negative” impact on his country’s reputation, saying he wished they were never put on trial.

The comments by Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to editors of Egyptian media outlets were published late Sunday. They were the first public recognition by Egyptian officials that the case had been damaging to the country’s relations with the international community. Read more »

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Iraqi Kurds: Time Is Ripe for Kurdish Independence

kurdistan(AP). Facing an Iraq that is being ripped apart by sectarian violence and a divisive government, leaders of the country’s Kurdish region said Thursday they now believe they have a better chance than ever to break away and create an independent nation.

The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq’s north has for years threatened to separate from the rest of the country, and it has feuded with both the Shiite-led government in Baghdad over oil revenues and the Sunni tribes who claim authority over territory the Kurds believe is theirs. Read more »

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Former PM Blair Signs On As ‘Economic Reform’ Adviser For New Egyptian Gov’t

Tony Blair Yahoo NewsFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair has signed on as an adviser to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi for “economic reform,” while serving in his capacity as the Quartet’s Middle East peace envoy, the Guardian reported.

Blair’s new advisory capacity is in collaboration with a task force meant to prop-up Egypt’s ailing economy, a program funded by Sissi-proponent United Arab Emirates, according to the paper. Read more »

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Egyptian, Two Israelis Facing Trial in Egyptian Court for Spying

Two Israelis, one of them an intelligent officer, and one Egyptian will be tried by an Egyptian court for allegedly “spying” for the Jewish State, judicial sources told AFP on Sunday.

While the Egyptian is in custody, the two Israelis are not, and they will be tried in absence. The date for the trial has not yet been set. Read more »

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Egypt Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists to Seven Years in Prison

Al Jazeera JounalistsTwo Al Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to seven years in priosn by an Egyptian court on Monday, and another one with 10 years on charges which included reporting false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

A judge delivered the verdicts against Peter Greste, an Australian citizen; Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian citizen; and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian citizen. Al Jazeera has always rejected the charges against its journalists and maintains their innocence. Read more »

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Jewish Community in Egypt Weren’t Invited to President Sissi’s Inauguration

Sissi Egypt presidentMagda Haroun, the head of the Jewish Community in Egypt, said they did not receive an invitation for the inauguration of the president-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but they won’t hold a grudge against him and still wish him success.

“We will offer congratulations to President Sisi on behalf of the community. We wish him success in his mission, uniting Egyptian people and pushing it forward, so Egypt would restore entrepreneurship and become tolerant as it used to be and as he promised,” Haroun told Egypt’s daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. Read more »

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Cairo – President-elect Sisi to Egyptians: “Time to work”

(AP). Egypt’s president-elect, the former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, told Egyptians it is now “time to work” to rebuild the country after he was officially declared the landslide winner of last week’s election.
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Crackdown: Egypt Arrests Online Commenters

Egypts DMIn a new crackdown on its citizens’ freedom of speech, the Egyptian government has arrested dozens of individuals because of comments they posted online, according to the chief of the Interior Ministry’s media department.

General Hani Abdellatif told BuzzFeed that the government has stepped up its monitoring of Egyptians’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. Abdellatif disclosed that as many as 70 members of the recently banned Muslim Brotherhood organization were arrested due to opinions they had posted on the Internet. Read more »

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Engel Says Positive On Egypt’s Post-Election Era

Representative Eliot L. Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Thursday issued the following statement regarding the recent elections in Egypt:

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Sisi Sweeps Egypt’s Presidential Election With Super Majority

Abdul-Fattah-al-SisiFormer army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, is headed for a big victory has garnered a whooping majority of 93.4 percent of the votes, Sisi’s campaign said Wednesday night. Sisi’s only rival, Hamdeen Sabahi, was on 2.9 percent according to the Sisi campaign, while the judicial sources put Sabahi on 5 percent.

Turnout was 44.4 percent of Egypt’s 54 million voters, according to judicial sources quoted by Reuters. Read more »

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Seeking To End 3-Year Turmoil, Egypt Set To Elect Al-Sisi As New President

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, lauded for ousting the Muslim Brotherhood president Muhammad Morsi, is expected to sweep Egypt’s presidential election as voters seek stability.

The election on Monday and Tuesday ends three years of political turmoil that has seen two presidents ousted following mass protests, thousands killed in clashes and terror attacks, and an economy left in shambles.

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Al Jazeera Files $150 Million Lawsuit Against Egypt for Damaging Its Media Network

Al JazeeraWith four of its journalists still in Egyptian custody, Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite network, is suing Egypt for $150 Million in what it claims is damage to its media.

Al Jazeera said in a statement that it filed its “notification of dispute” based on a 1999 bilateral investment treaty between Egypt and Qatar, which stipulates the mutual promotion and protection of investments. Read more »

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Egypt’s Presidential Election To Be Held in Late May

Abdul-Fattah-al-SisiEgypt’s presidential election will be held in late May, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, finally setting dates for the crucial vote widely expected to be won by the country’s former military chief who ousted an elected president last year.

The election commission said the results are expected by 5 June, and if a second round is necessary it will be held by mid-month, with results announced no later than 26 June, The Guardian reported. Read more »

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Cairo Court Bans Hamas And Co. Activities In Egypt

Egypts DMThe Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all activities in Egypt by Hamas pending a court verdict in an espionage case involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Islamist Palestinian group. The court also banned all “organisations or groups branching from, financed or supported by Hamas,” a judicial source told Ahram Online.

Hamas was prompt to criticize the ruling, saying that it “strongly condemned” what it described as an “unjustifiable” and “highly political” decision that was based on “fabrications and false news.” Read more »

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Egypt’s Interim Govt. Resigns

In a sudden move, Egypt’s interim government has stepped down. Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi announced the resignation in a televised statement on Monday, without giving any reason for the dissolution of the government, reports BBC.

“Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic,” said Beblawi in the TV announcement. Read more »

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