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Christians, Muslims join voices in Tahrir Prayer

By Joseph Fahim CAIRO: Christians and Muslims recited in unison the “Our Father” prayer in Tahrir on Sunday, a day intended to commemorate those killed in pro-democracy protests since Jan. 25. Egypt’s Protestant Asr El-Dubara Church has played a big role in calling for a Christian prayer in the central Tahrir Square, in which protesters have …

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3 French journalists, researcher safe in Egypt

By AP PARIS: France’s Foreign Ministry says that three French journalists and a researcher who went missing in Cairo amid attacks on journalists during violent demonstrations have been located and are safe. Michele Alliot-Marie had spoken by telephone with her Egyptian counterpart demanding the four be located. Saturday’s statement said all four “have been found …

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Egyptian activists freed: Amnesty

By AP CAIRO: Amnesty International says several dozen activists who were detained by the Egyptian military for almost two days have been released. The rights group on Saturday said it was still trying to establish the whereabouts of Egyptian activists detained in separate incidents Thursday. The group of several dozen included staff members of Amnesty …

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Anti-Mubarak activists bruised, tired, hungry

By Paul Schemm and Ryan Lucas / AP CAIRO: After nearly two weeks of going head-to-head with Egypt’s authoritarian regime, anti-government protesters are bruised, battered, sleep-deprived and hungry. But the tens of thousands massing daily in Cairo’s Tahrir Square remain fired with enthusiasm — at times a euphoric fervor seems their only fuel — and vow …

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Muslim Brotherhood starts dialogue with government

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Rashad Bayoumi, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Daily News Egypt that the group and other opposition figures had represented the peoples’ demands to the government in a meeting held Sunday. The group had stressed in a statement issued on Saturday, that they will uphold the protestors’ demands, including the President …

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Several former ministers banned from traveling

By Sarah Daoud CAIRO: Egypt’s Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud issued a travel ban for a handful of former ministers as well as a prominent member of the ruling National Democratic Party. The bank accounts and assets of those barred from leaving the country have also been frozen, according to reports. Ex-interior minister Habib El-Adly, former …

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Normal life begins to return in Cairo

By Michel Moutot /AFP CAIRO: The Egyptian military on Sunday reinforced its presence around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of anti-regime protests, as a semblance of normal life returned to the Egyptian capital. As demonstrators staged a 13th day of protests against Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, banks began to reopen, and streets that have been nearly …

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Suleiman meets with opposition on reform

By Marwa Awad /Reuters CAIRO: Vice President Omar Suleiman held talks on Sunday with Egyptian opposition groups including the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood to try and find a way out of the country’s worst crisis in decades, attendees said. They said the attendees included members of secular opposition parties, independent legal experts and business tycoon Naguib …

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Only the military can tell Egypt’s Mubarak to go

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: Ultimately, only the military can tell President Hosni Mubarak — one of its own — that it’s time to step down. Egypt’s most powerful and most secretive institution has so far given no hint of whether it will abandon the 82-year-old former air force commander and accede to protesters’ demand for …

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Egypt finance minister says unrest losses huge

By Reuters CAIRO: Egypt has suffered huge economic losses during political protests that broke out 10 days ago but the government is committed to meeting its financial obligations, finance minister Samir Radwan said on Friday. “Certainly it’s going to be huge,” Radwan said in an interview with Reuters Insider television. “It’s too early to put …

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Pro-democracy protests continue in Sinai, Suez

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: In North Sinai, a few thousand protesters gathered in Sheikh Zowaid, Al-Arish and Rafah cities where there is an absence of both police and army forces to protest against Mubarak and the government. “All tribes here share the same wish, Mubarak must leave now,” one Bedouin told Daily News Egypt on condition …

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6 activists detained Friday, others missing since Jan. 25

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Six political activists were detained early Friday after meeting with Mohamed ElBaradei, according to a statement issued by the April 6 Youth Movement. The activists include Amr Ezz and Tarek El Khouly, who are both members of April 6 Youth Movement. “We have no information on who detained them or why,” the …

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Prominent journalist resigns from state TV

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Shahira Amin, deputy head of the state-owned English television channel, Nile TV, resigned Thursday in what describes as a “spur of the moment decision” after she heard the protesters in Tahrir Square chanting on her way to the Egyptian Radio and Television Union building. “I can’t be a mouth-piece of this regime …

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3 NDP members quit parliament, party

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Three members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) resigned from the parliament and the party because of the ongoing anti regime protests and the party’s reaction to it. Two MPs, Mohamed Morshedy from Maadi, Cairo, and Ali Seif from Al Montazah, Alexandria, quit the parliament, while Hussein Abu Taleb quit the …

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‘Reluctant’ Mubarak faces protest D-day

By Ali Khalil / AFP CAIRO: Egyptian protesters massed Friday for sweeping “departure day” demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit after he said he would like to step down but fears chaos would result In his first television interview since 11 straight days of protest erupted shaking the pillars of his three-decade rule, Mubarak …

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Health workers blocked in Egypt turmoil: ICRC

By AFP GENEVA: The International Red Cross said on Friday that health workers had been hindered from reaching people wounded in unrest in Egypt, as it flew in emergency medical supplies to treat a surge in casualties. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also reported that hundreds of passengers have been stranded in …

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Facebook clashes reflect split views on continued protests

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Following a five-day internet black out since what was dubbed “Friday of Anger” when tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, Egyptians stormed Facebook with a vengeance, weighing in on current events that have become the subject of most discussion groups. But unlike the situation before the internet was blocked, …

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Europe’s leaders warn Egypt against violence

By Claire Rosemberg / AFP BRUSSELS: EU leaders took stock at a summit Friday of the turmoil sweeping the Arab world, warning Egypt against violence on the day set by protesters as the deadline for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. With Europe slammed for saying too little too late on the unrest rolling across its …

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Egypt: Let Pragmatism Prevail

We are a non-partisan group of loyal Egyptians whose only interest is to allow Egypt to actualize the promise of this remarkably pure and spontaneous revolution and to avoid its hijacking or dilution by other groups which mostly have very questionable agendas and very little real love for Egypt.  Indeed, many of them consider that the …

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Pro-democracy demonstrations planned across Egypt

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Pro-democracy protesters plan mass demonstrations in several governorates around Egypt after Friday prayers. People started gathering in Mahala to start protesting after Friday. The number of protesters is expected to reach 300,000, according to activist and blogger Mohamed Maree. In Suez, Al-Ghad party senior member Ahmed Abdel-Gawad told Daily News Egypt that …

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Clashes in Tahrir were a conspiracy, says Suleiman

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Clashes in Tahrir on Wednesday were a conspiracy and those responsible will be punished, Vice President Omar Suleiman said Thursday in an interview with state TV. “There are groups inside and outside Egypt, from foreign countries to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to businessmen with agendas, that want to take advantage of the …

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NDP denies complicity in Tahrir massacre

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) denied accusations that it arranged an attack on pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir Square Wednesday. NDP member of the Shoura Council Mostafa El-Fiqi said he had information that businessmen affiliated with the party were behind “organizing attacks” on protesters. “They paid thugs to attack protestors under the …

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Vodafone accuses Egyptian gov’t over text messages

By Reuters LONDON: Mobile operator Vodafone on Thursday accused the Egyptian authorities of using its network to send pro-government text messages to its subscribers, without clear attribution. Vodafone said the Egyptian authorities had instructed the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send messages to the people of Egypt and had been doing so …

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6 killed, over 800 injured in Tahrir clashes, says Ministry of Health

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Six were killed and over 800 injured after clashes erupted on Wednesday between pro and anti-Mubarak supporters in Tahrir Square, according to the Ministry of Health. The ministry added that the injuries range from severe wounds to fractions and superficial injuries. Aisha Hussein, a volunteer field nurse in Tahrir Square disagreed, saying …

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Egypt army moves to stop assault on protesters

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: Egyptian army tanks and soldiers cleared away pro-government rioters and deployed between them and protesters seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, as the prime minister made an unprecedented apology Thursday for the assault by regime backers that turned central Cairo into a battle zone. Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told …

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Egyptian army starts rounding up journalists

By AP CAIRO: The Egyptian military has started rounding up journalists, possibly for their own protection, after they came under attack from supporters of President Hosni Mubarak who have been attacking anti-government protesters. An Associated Press reporter saw a group of foreign journalists being detained by the military on a street near Tahrir Square, the …

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Egypt starts ‘dialogue’ but main opposition rejects talks

By Ines Bel Aiba/AFP CAIRO: Egypt has started a dialogue with “political parties and national forces,” state television said Thursday, but the main opposition coalition rejected any talks before President Hosni Mubarak goes. Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said talks would involve protesters in Tahrir Square, focal point of sometimes deadly anti-Mubarak rallies which entered their tenth …

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Foreign journalists attacked, detained in Egypt

By Chris Torchia and David Bauder /AP NEW YORK: In multiple incidents, journalists covering Egypt’s unrest were pummeled, hit with pepper spray, shouted at and threatened by loyalists to President Hosni Mubarak as the scene at anti-government demonstrations suddenly turned ugly. “For the first time in the last few days, we can feel what dictatorship really …

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Opposition coalition revokes dialogue with regime after Tahrir clashes

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Opposition Coalition for Change revoked Wednesday their acceptance to hold dialogue with Vice President Omar Sulieman after pro-Mubarak groups attacked pro-change protesters in Tahrir. The coalition is comprised of main opposition parties and movements, including Al-Wafd, Al-Ghad, Al-Tagmmu’ and the National Association of Change. They held President Hosni Mubarak and the ruling …

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Gunfire pounds anti-Mubarak protest camp in Cairo

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: Automatic weapons fire pounded the anti-government protest camp in Cairo’s Tahrir Square before dawn on Thursday in a dramatic escalation of what appeared to be a well-orchestrated series of assaults on the demonstrators. At least three protesters were killed by gunfire, according to one of the activists. Hours after the …

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