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2006-08-21 00:56:38

CAIRO (Reuters) - A collision between two trains killed at least 15 people and injured 70 on Monday in a Nile Delta town north of Cairo, initial reports from health and security sources said. The accident took place about 7 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) near the town of Qalyoub, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Cairo, they said. One train collided into the rear of a stationary train, causing one of them to derail and overturn. Ambulances and rescue workers are on the way to the site,...

2006-08-21 00:49:44

CAIRO (Reuters) - Two trains collided in the Nile Delta north of the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday and there were many casualties, police and health ministry sources said. The accident took place about 7 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) near the town of Qalyoub, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Cairo, they said. One of the trains derailed and overturned, one of the health ministry sources said. Ambulances and rescue workers are on the way to the site, the sources added.

2006-08-20 13:42:51

CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab governments on Sunday asked the U.N. Security Council to postpone a meeting on Darfur and give the Sudanese government more time to explain its plan to restore order in the troubled region. After a one-day meeting in Cairo, Arab foreign ministers also backed an extension of the mandate of the African Union peace force in Darfur until the end of the year. The United States and Britain have introduced a resolution in the Security Council that would deploy up to...

2006-08-19 05:32:52

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned against any military strike on Iran in an interview published on Saturday. The United Nations Security Council has demanded Iran suspend uranium enrichment by the end of the month after Tehran failed to persuade the international community its atomic scientists were working on power stations, not bombs. Washington has declined to rule out military strikes as a solution to the nuclear dispute. "The conflict between the United...

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2006-07-24 16:29:48

CAIRO, Egypt -- A giant statue of Pharaoh Ramses II will be moved next month from a congested square in downtown Cairo to a more serene home near the Great Pyramids in a bid to save it from corrosive pollution, Egypt's antiquities chief said Monday. Exhaust fumes from trains, cars and buses, as well as subway vibrations, are damaging the more than 3,200-year-old granite statue at Ramses Square, its home since the early 1950s, when it was taken from a temple at the site of the ancient Egyptian...

2006-07-23 20:39:34

By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - Film-maker Tahani Rached, returning to Egypt after almost 40 years in Canada, has revealed the hidden lives of girls who live, beg, cheat, sniff glue, pop pills and give birth on the streets of Cairo. But unlike many other films on such themes, Rached's one-hour documentary El-Banate Dol (Those Girls) finds many positive aspects in their marginal lives -- their freedom, their solidarity, their vitality and their capacity for love. "It's a film...

2006-07-21 13:40:54

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Several thousand people in Berlin protested against Israel's bombing campaign in Lebanon on Friday, joining angry protests across the Middle East this week. "Israel drinks the blood of our children," said one of the posters carried by a demonstrator draped in a Lebanese flag in the German capital. "Stop Israel's war!" said another, referring to the 10-day bombing campaign in Lebanon which has destroyed much of the country's infrastructure....

2006-07-21 10:02:57

CAIRO (Reuters) - Fights broke out at the gate of al-Azhar mosque in Cairo on Friday when plainclothes security men stopped demonstrators taking to the streets with a protest against Israeli attacks on Lebanese and Palestinians. Many thousands of people rallied inside the courtyard of the 10th century mosque after prayers, waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags and chanting in support of the guerrilla group Hizbollah, Israel's main target in south Lebanon. But when some tried to break...

2006-06-17 18:03:28

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions said on Saturday they were close to hammering out an agreement that might avoid a referendum showdown between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and governing Hamas Islamists. Abbas had said earlier during a Cairo visit that an agreement on a political platform by the groups, caught in a violent power struggle, would mean there would be no need for a July 26 ballot on a proposal that implicitly recognizes Israel....

2006-06-17 11:19:06

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions tried on Saturday to hammer out an agreement that might avoid a referendum showdown between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and governing Hamas Islamists. A deal between the groups, caught in an increasingly violent power struggle, could prompt Abbas to abandon plans for a July 26 ballot on a statehood proposal that implicitly recognizes Israel. Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel's destruction, brands the...