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  • 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

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  • 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...

  • Clinton urges Egypt, Israel to talk about Sinai

    August 23, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Egypt’s foreign minister to keep lines of communication open with Israel amid tensions over an Egyptian push against militants in the neighboring Sinai desert, the State Department said on Thursday.

    Clinton spoke with Foreign Minister...

  • Egypt’s deployment of armor in Sinai worries Israel

    August 21, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Israel is concerned about the deployment of Egyptian armor in a push against militants in the neighboring Sinai desert, saying the vehicles’ entry wasn’t coordinated and is in violation of a 1979 peace treaty, an Israeli official said on Monday.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

  • Egypt’s Islamist president removes top generals

    August 12, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Egypt’s new Islamist president Mohamed Mursi dismissed Cairo’s two top generals on Sunday and cancelled a military order that curbed his powers, in a dramatic move that could free him of some of the restrictions of military rule.

    It was not clear how far the measures were agreed...

  • Israel allows Egypt to use ‘terror-fighting’ gunships in Sinai

    August 10, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Israel’s Cabinet reportedly has agreed to allow Egypt to use gunships in the Sinai peninsula.

    The Israeli Broadcasting Authority said Friday that the Egyptian government had asked Israel for its agreement to introduce attack helicopters to “fight terrorists” who carried out an...

  • Egypt media say six Sinai “terrorists” held after attack

    August 10, 2012 | 9:49 am

    The Egyptian army has captured six people it regards as “terrorists” in Sinai after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the border with Israel, a military source told state media on Friday.

    Egypt sent hundreds of troops and armored...

  • In shift by Egypt, president meets Hamas leader

    July 26, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Gaza Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh met Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday in an official visit that signaled a big shift in Cairo’s stance toward the Hamas movement after the election of a Muslim Brotherhood head of state in Egypt.

    A Palestinian official said the head of...

  • Clinton moves to bear hug Egyptian leader

    July 12, 2012 | 11:39 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Cairo this weekend for a two-day visit that aims to give a hearty handshake to the new Islamist president and move to temper any radical moves by his government.

    Clinton will be the highest American official to visit Egypt since...

  • Egypt’s president-elect never made overtures to Iran, aide says

    June 25, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    An Iranian news agency said Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi had voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, but a Morsi aide denied the interview ever took place.

    Iran’s Fars agency said it spoke to Morsi a...

  • Egypt’s Morsi keen to renew long-severed Iran ties

    June 25, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, in an interview published on Monday with Iran’s Fars news agency.

    Morsi’s comments are likely to unsettle Western powers as they...

  • Vote result delay frays Egyptian nerves

    June 21, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    Allegations of fraud delayed the result of Egypt’s presidential election on Thursday, fraying nerves as the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims victory, called for street protests against moves by the ruling generals to deny them power.

    Thousands of protesters gathered for a third day...

  • Mubarak health drama adds to Egypt uncertainty

    June 20, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Hosni Mubarak’s move out of jail to a Cairo military hospital where officials said he was slipping in and out of a coma on Wednesday has created a fresh sense of uncertainty for Egyptians as the wait for results of a presidential election drags on.

    Exactly what ails the 84-year-old,...

  • Egyptians rally for power, Mubarak ailing

    June 19, 2012 | 5:57 pm

    Staking its claim to Egypt’s presidency, the Muslim Brotherhood rallied in Cairo on Tuesday to demand the ruling generals hand over real power, following moves by the army that its U.S. ally labeled an assault on democracy.

    Up to 10,000 gathered as darkness fell on Tahrir Square,...

  • Egypt’s election: an argument without resolution

    June 19, 2012 | 11:10 am

    When the clock ticked 9 a.m. on Sunday in the poor neighborhood of Boulak in the Greater Cairo governorate of Giza, Ahmed Hassan was having difficulty finding transportation to the polling station miles away.

    A minivan had hardly slowed down near to him, but Hassan – noticeably...

  • Egypt’s Mubarak sentenced to life, protests erupt

    June 2, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    Hosni Mubarak, toppled by an uprising last year after 30 years ruling Egypt, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Saturday for his role in killing protesters after a trial that sets a precedent for holding Middle East autocrats to account.

    But it was not enough for thousands of...

  • Palestinian factions agree to speed up reconciliation

    May 21, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Palestinian political movements Fatah and Hamas signed an agreement to move the reconciliation process forward.

    The agreement was signed late Sunday night in Cairo, the Palestinian Ma’an news service reported, citing Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad.

    Fatah is the party of Mahmoud...

  • Meeting fails to solve Palestinian unity plans

    May 3, 2012 | 10:23 am

    A meeting in Cairo between representatives of Hamas and Fatah did not bring a Palestinian national unity government any closer.

    Khaled Mashaal, chief of Hamas, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed concluded a meeting Wednesday night that “produced nothing new,” the French news...

  • Israel’s new envoy presents credentials in Cairo

    February 28, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt presented his credentials at a ceremony in Cairo.

    Yaacov Amitai is the first Israeli envoy named to Egypt since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak one year ago.

    The Israeli national anthem was played at Monday’s ceremony, as is customary, as were the...

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