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  • Israel battling new swarm of locusts

    March 27, 2013 | 11:29 am

    Israel battled a new swarm of locusts that crossed the border from Egypt.

    Crop dusting planes on Monday dropped pesticides on the locusts, which are yellow and preparing to lay eggs. The yellow locusts eat much less than the swarms that have been entering Israel over the last...

  • Egyptian women struggle to fight sexual harassment

    February 28, 2013 | 11:35 am

    Despite its calls for democracy, freedom of speech and revolution against traditional Egyptian society, the current anti-government demonstrations have witnessed one negative phenomenon – an increase in harassment of women.

    Women have been attacked and in some instances raped in...

  • Egypt-Gaza tunnels must be destroyed, Cairo court says

    February 26, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday the government must destroy all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, removing a route for smuggled weapons but also a lifeline for Palestinians.

    Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with the Hamas Islamists that run Gaza, but many...

  • One dead, dozens hurt as police clash with Egypt protesters

    February 1, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    At least one protester was shot dead and dozens wounded on Friday when riot police clashed with demonstrators demanding the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, witnesses said.

    Youths threw petrol bombs and shot fireworks at the outer wall of Morsi's Cairo presidential...

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  • Egyptian protesters defy curfew, attack police stations

    January 28, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    Egyptian protesters defied a nighttime curfew in restive towns along the Suez Canal, attacking police stations and ignoring emergency rule imposed by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to end days of clashes that have killed at least 52 people.

    At least two men died in overnight...

  • P.A.’s Fayyad calls on Arab countries to honor pledges

    January 14, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called on Arab countries to pay their aid pledges, in order to prevent the end of the PA.

    Fayyad made the call during a meeting Sunday with Arab League members in Cairo, The Associated Press reported.

    Arab countries pledged $100...

  • Cairo-born Israeli lampoons call for Egyptian Jews to return

    January 4, 2013 | 10:04 am

    A Cairo-born Israeli has grabbed headlines in leading Arab media with a letter mocking a top Egyptian official’s call for the return of Egypt’s Jews from Israel.

    Azi Nagar’s letter, which received coverage in Al-Hayat and Aharam, ridicules the call made last week by Essam...

  • Hamas to hold rally in West Bank

    December 10, 2012 | 10:47 am

    The Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority reportedly has allowed Hamas to hold a rally in the West Bank.

    Israel’s Army Radio reported Monday that the apparent conciliatory gesture is the first of its kind since Hamas’ 2007 coup d’etat in Gaza that ended the Palestinian...

  • Despite Morsi changes, Egypt’s opposition protesting draft constitution

    December 10, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Egypt's opposition said it would continue to protest an upcoming referendum on a draft constitution even after President Mohamed Morsi canceled decrees that gave him virtually unlimited power.

    Late Saturday night, Morsi withdrew the decrees that gave him immunity from judicial...

  • Egypt’s opposition protests draft constitution

    December 9, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Egypt's opposition said it would continue to protest an upcoming referendum on a draft constitution even after President Mohammed Morsi cancelled decrees that gave him virtually unlimited power.

    Late Saturday night Morsi withdrew the decrees that gave him immunity from judicial...

  • Egyptian protesters penetrate barrier at Morsi’s palace

    December 7, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Egyptian protesters broke through a barbed wire barricade keeping them from the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday and some climbed onto army tanks and waved flags.

    Up to 10,000 protesters had been penned behind the barrier, guarded by tanks that were deployed on Thursday...

  • Morsi’s decree leaves U.S. in hot seat

    November 29, 2012 | 10:45 am

    [Cairo] As a staunch advocate of democracy, the American administration’s position was brought into question when Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers in a game-changing constitutional declaration announced last week.

    The declaration, which rendered the...

  • Egyptians challenge Morsi in nationwide protests

    November 27, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied on Tuesday against President Mohamed Morsi in one of the biggest outpourings of protest since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow, accusing the Islamist leader of seeking to impose a new era of autocracy.

    Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing youths...

  • Israel, Hamas teams in Cairo for more truce talks

    November 26, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

    An Egyptian official told Reuters the talks would discuss Palestinian demands for the opening of...

  • Protests after “Pharaoh” Morsi assumes powers in Egypt

    November 23, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's decision to assume sweeping powers caused fury amongst his opponents and prompted violent clashes in central Cairo and other cities on Friday.

    Police fired tear gas near Cairo's Tahrir Square, heart of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni...

  • Hamas leader says Israeli onslaught has failed

    November 21, 2012 | 11:53 am

    The exiled leader of Hamas said on Wednesday that Israel had failed in its "adventure" when it launched attacks on Gaza and and accepted truce terms.

    "It failed, praise be to God," Khaled Meshaal told a news conference in Cairo, adding that Israel had "failed in its adventure".

    He was speaking after Egypt announced a truce between the two sides.

  • Clinton meets Netanyahu to seek Gaza truce

    November 20, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday and pledged to work for a truce in the Gaza Strip "in the days ahead."

    As the two began late-night talks in Jerusalem, Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes continued....

  • Clinton heading to Israel for cease-fire talks

    November 20, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Israel to discuss plans for a cease-fire.

    Clinton, one of several world leaders who will arrive or have already arrived in Israel to press for a cease-fire, reportedly is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Prime Minister...

  • Israel says it prefers diplomacy but is ready to invade Gaza

    November 19, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.

    Egypt said a deal for a truce could be close, though by...

  • Islamic Jihad leaders killed in strike, Hamas’ Maashal shuns stop to bombings

    November 19, 2012 | 8:11 am

    As Hamas' leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, brushed off a halt to bombings, Israeli airstrikes hit a Gaza media center and killed several leaders of Islamic Jihad.

    The Israel Air Force's strike Monday evening -- the second on the center in two days -- killed Ramaz Harab, a top...

  • Jerusalem and Tel Aviv under rocket fire, Netanyahu warns Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 9:02 am

    Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce.

    The attacks came just hours after Egypt's prime...

  • Arab League to hold meeting on Gaza, diplomat says

    November 14, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    The Cairo-based Arab League will discuss the Israeli attack on Gaza at a special meeting to be held either on Thursday or Saturday, a senior League diplomat told Reuters.

    "We are working to gather the Arab states' permanent representatives in the Arab League to hold an urgent meeting...that could either be Thursday or Saturday," Lebanon representative in the League, Khaled Ziadeh told Reuters.

    Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Michael Roddy

  • Informal ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, brokered by Egypt, holding

    October 25, 2012 | 7:11 am

    Israel and Hamas reportedly were observing an informal ceasefire, brokered by Egypt.

    The ceasefire reportedly went into effect at midnight on Thursday morning, though a lone mortar shell was fired at southern Israel at about 9 a.m. Thursday, several hours after the unofficial...

  • An open letter to Dr. Talaat Afifi, Egyptian minister of religion

    October 18, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    Dear Dr. Afifi,

    Many of us involved in global contacts between leaders of the world's major religions seek to understand the new Egyptian government views about non-Muslims. Last week, Mohammed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, gave the world a sample of his. In...

  • Mr. President: The problem is not Holocaust denial

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    September 27, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    As the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, I should be the last person to criticize the president of the United States for mentioning Holocaust denial in an important speech at the United Nations General Assembly a day before the most infamous Holocaust denier speaks from that...

  • Why the United Nations should walk out on Ahmadinejad

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    September 25, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    As the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, I should be the last person to criticize the President of the United States for mentioning Holocaust denial in an important speech at the United Nation’s General Assembly a day before the most infamous Holocaust denier speaks from that...

  • Egypt’s president in U.S., seeks to chart a new course

    September 24, 2012 | 10:06 am

    As Mohammed Morsi makes his first visit to the United States since becoming Egypt’s first democratically elected president to attend the annual opening sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, an Egyptian court has sentenced 14 Islamists to death-by-hanging and four to life...

  • Egypt security forces, protesters clash outside U.S. Embassy

    September 12, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    Security forces fired teargas to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators near the U.S. embassy in Cairo late on Wednesday, some 24 hours after protesters scaled the walls and tore down the flag over a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.

    State news agency MENA said some of those...

  • U.S. envoy to Libya killed over anti-Muslim movie

    September 12, 2012 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats were killed, and the U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked over an anti-Muslim movie.

    Amb. John Christopher Stevens and three unnamed diplomats were killed Tuesday night in a rocket attack on their car in Benghazi, the...

  • U.S. nears deal for $1 billion in Egypt debt relief, a senior U.S. official says

    September 4, 2012 | 10:10 am

    The Obama administration is close to a deal with Egypt's new government for $1 billion in debt relief, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, as Washington seeks to help Cairo shore up its ailing economy in the aftermath of its pro-democracy uprising.

    U.S. diplomats and...

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