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2006-06-17 08:01:32

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...

2006-06-11 06:20:53

By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday gave its most negative assessment of proposals offered by six world powers aimed at persuading Tehran to give up sensitive nuclear work that the West fears is being used to make bombs. Chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said the package offered to Iran last week, which includes both incentives and penalties, contained "problems." In previous comments, he had only referred to "ambiguities" that needed removing. Details of the package...

2006-05-29 06:02:10

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Darfur rebel faction which faces a May 31 deadline to sign a deal to end fighting in western Sudan said on Monday it would not join the agreement without major changes. The African Union (AU) has threatened sanctions against the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) unless they sign the deal agreed on May 5 between the main SLA faction and the Sudanese government. JEM President Khalil Ibrahim said he would travel for...

2006-05-19 12:12:03

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker vowed to slash some of the $1.7 billion in aid to Egypt approved by a House panel on Friday as part of a foreign aid bill as Congress voiced growing irritation over Cairo's democratic setbacks. The $20.7 billion foreign aid bill approved by a House of Representative Appropriations subcommittee contained the full amount the Bush administration sought for Egypt. But subcommittee acted a day after the United States...

2006-05-19 12:09:55

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker vowed to slash some of the $1.7 billion in aid to Egypt approved by a House panel on Friday as part of a foreign aid bill as Congress voiced growing irritation over Cairo's democratic setbacks. The $20.7 billion foreign aid bill approved by a House of Representative Appropriations subcommittee contained the full amount the Bush administration sought for Egypt. But subcommittee acted a day after the United States...

2006-05-19 06:36:04

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian authorities are holding 314 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for taking part in protests in support of judicial independence, the opposition Islamist group said on Friday. Brotherhood deputy leader Mohammed Habib said the 314 had been referred to the public prosecutor on charges including gathering and taking part in illegal demonstrations on Thursday. Most of the activists who tried to protest in support of the judges were from the Brotherhood, which...

2006-05-19 06:01:02

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt on Friday rejected condemnation by close ally the United States of a court's decision to uphold a five-year jail sentence against opposition leader Ayman Nour. Egypt's highest appeal court on Thursday rejected Nour's appeal for a retrial. He cannot file another appeal. Nour, who challenged President Hosni Mubarak in a presidential election last year, was sentenced in December on charges of forging signatures to set up the opposition Ghad Party. Nour says the...

2006-05-18 16:26:37

By Mohammed Abbas and Yara Bayoumy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces clubbed demonstrators in the streets on Thursday and a court rejected an appeal against a jail term by a former election challenger to President Hosni Mubarak in twin blows to the opposition. Plainclothes security men beat and kicked protesters rallying in support of Egyptian judges and judicial independence in Cairo, while Egypt's highest appeal court threw out the appeal by jailed opposition leader Ayman...

2006-05-18 09:11:38

By Mohammed Abbas and Yara Bayoumy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces clubbed demonstrators in the streets on Thursday and a court rejected an appeal against a jail term by a former election challenger to President Hosni Mubarak in twin blows to the opposition. Plainclothes security men beat and kicked protesters rallying in support of Egyptian judges and judicial independence in Cairo, while Egypt's highest appeal court threw out the appeal by jailed opposition leader Ayman...

2006-05-18 05:50:46

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian judicial disciplinary panel on Thursday punished one of two judges at the center of a dispute with the government over judicial independence by withholding his next promotion. The panel said Hesham Bastawisi would be dismissed from the judiciary if he committed another offence. The panel cleared the second judge, Mahmoud Mekky.


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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