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Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the green light Friday for US military aid to Egypt despite concerns that Cairo was not meeting goals in its democratic transition.
Tel Aviv - The Israeli military on Tuesday said soldiers patrolling the border with Egypt killed a man in an overnight shootout.
Brussels - The European Union called Monday on Egypt to release a group of activists on trial in Cairo, in a case that has strained relations between the North African country and the West.
Cairo - Leaders of the Palestinian movement Hamas arrived in Egypt on Monday for talks on a Palestinian reconciliation deal with Fatah - as well as fuel shortages in the Gaza Strip, government officials said.
Cairo - Egypt on Sunday recalled its ambassador to Syria, as pressure mounts on the military-led government to expel the Syrian envoy over Damascus' continuing crackdown on dissent.
Jerusalem - Israel Thursday congratulated Egypt over the inaugration of its new parliament - and urged its southern neighbour to uphold the peace treaty it signed with the Jewish state in 1979.
Cairo - Egypt's military chief, Hussein Tantawi, held talks with Libyan leaders Monday, on his first official visit since he took charge after a popular uprising forced president Hosny Mubarak to step down in February.
Cairo - Egypt's military chief, Hussein Tantawi, left Cairo for Tripoli Monday, state media reported, on his first official visit since he took charge after a popular uprising forced president Hosny Mubarak to step down in February.
Berlin - Germany is to send a special envoy to Egypt this week to protest at police raids last month on 17 democracy promoting groups, the Foreign Ministry in Berlin announced Tuesday.
Washington - The US State Department Friday said Egypt's military government promised to halt the crackdown against human rights and democracy advocates, The New York Times reported Friday.
Tel Aviv - Israeli soldiers and Egyptian officers exchanged fire with Bedouin smugglers on the Sinai border overnight, an Israeli military spokesman said Thursday.
Tel Aviv - Israeli soldiers and Egyptian officers exchanged fire with Bedouin smugglers on the Sinai border overnight, an Israeli military spokesman said Thursday.
Gaza/Cairo - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Wednesday with the head of Egypt's military council, the day before he is set to participate in Egyptian-brokered talks aimed at Palestinian reconciliation, the state-run news agency Wafa reported.
Brussels - The European Union's executive on Tuesday pledged 22 million euros (30 million dollars) to support small farmers in Egypt and 23.5 million euros for a youth programme in Algeria.
Budapest - Hungary is sending a psychologist and medics to help survivors of a bus crash in Egypt that killed 11 Hungarian holidaymakers, a Foreign Ministry official told reporters in Budapest on Monday.
Cairo - Egypt on Friday condemned Israel's plan to construct 2,000 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, announced earlier this week.
Tripoli - Cairo and Tripoli are investigating hundreds ancient coins found in Egypt that may have been stolen from Libya, a spokesman of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council said Monday.
Tel Aviv/Taba - Israel carried out its second prisoner swap in 10 days Thursday, freeing 25 Egyptian prisoners in return for dual Israeli-American citizen Ilan Grapel, arrested in June on spying charges.
Tel; Aviv - Ilan Grapel, a dual Israeli-American citizen swapped for 25 Egyptians held in Israeli prisons, arrived in Israel Thursday evening, bringing the exchange deal to a close.
Tel Aviv - Israel's small-scale prisoner swap with Egypt on Thursday was far less dramatic than last week's exchange with Gaza's militant leaders Hamas of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli soldier.
Tel Aviv - The 25 Egyptian prisoners who Israel was exchanging Thursday for Israeli-American citizen Ilan Grapel have begun crossing into Egyptian territory at the Taba border crossing, Israel police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.
Cairo - Abdel Fatah Salman was waiting Thursday at Egypt's Taba border crossing with Israel, for a reunion with his two brothers, who were to be freed under a prisoner swap deal between the two countries.
Tel Aviv/Taba - Israel transferred 25 Egyptian prisoners to the Taba border crossing with Egypt Thursday, as Egyptian authorities moved Israeli-American Ilan Grapel to the town in preparation for a swap to take place later in the day.
Taba, Egypt- Ilan Grapel, an Israeli-US national held in Cairo on espionage charges, arrived Thursday at Egypt's Taba border crossing with Israel, security sources said.
Tel Aviv - Israel and Egypt are carrying out a prisoner exchange on Thursday, with 25 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli jails being swapped for an Israeli-American arrested in Egypt on June 12 on charges of spying for Israel.
Taba, Egypt - Egypt's opposition groups criticized Thursday a prisoner exchange deal with Israel, saying it had fallen short of expectations.
Tel Aviv - A nine-vehicle convoy with 25 Egyptian detainees has left for Israel's border with Egypt, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) said Thursday.
Cairo - Families of 25 Egyptian prisoners, to be freed Thursday in a swap deal with Israel, have prepared lavish banquets to celebrate the handover of their relatives at the Egyptian border crossing of Taba, the independent newspaper Al Masry Al Youm reported.
Tel Aviv - Three minors left a juvenile prison in central Israel on Thursday as part of a mini-exchange of prisoners with Egypt, an Israel Prison Service (IPS) spokeswoman, Sivan Weizman, said.
Jerusalem - Israel's supreme court rejected petitions against the release of 25 Egyptian inmates in exchange for an American-Israeli, Ilan Grapel, who has been held in Cairo since June.
Jerusalem - Israel's supreme court Wednesday rejected petitions against the release of 25 Egyptian prisoners in exchange of an American-Israeli, Ilan Grapel, held in Cairo since June, Israel's Channel 1 state television reported. dpa ok pr Author: Ofira Koopmans
Tel Aviv - Israel moved 22 Egyptian inmates from the prison in which they were being held to a jail in the south of the country Wednesday, the day before their planned exchange for a dual Israeli-American national held in Egypt on espionage charges, a prisons service spokeswoman said.
Jerusalem - Israel's security cabinet Tuesday unanimously approved a deal with Cairo to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for Israeli-American citizen Ilan Grapel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced.
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has approved a prisoner exchange with Egypt, his spokesman said on Tuesday.
Jerusalem - Israel's security cabinet is to vote Tuesday on the deal to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for suspected spy Israeli-American citizen Ilan Grapel, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told dpa.
Jerusalem - Israel and Egypt have agreed to swap 25 Egyptian prisoners for Israeli-American citizen Ilan Grapel, who is being held in Cairo on suspicion of spying, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced Monday night.
Cairo - A Bahraini opposition delegation is visiting Egypt to reach out to the country's political powers and acquaint them with the situation in the troubled Gulf kingdom, a member of the delegation said Friday.
Cairo- The son of the Egyptian militant cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, jailed in the United States, had been killed in a US raid in Afghanistan, an Islamist group said Friday.
Cairo- A prominent Egyptian activist said Friday that awarding the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to Yemeni democracy campaigner Tawakuul Karman would further inspire the 'Arab revolutions.'
Cairo - A German official arrived in Cairo Monday amid reports he will stay for a few days to try to reactivate Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over a prisoner-exchange deal.
Tunis - Hundreds of bloggers from across the Arab world gathered in Tunisia Monday to discuss the role of cyberactivism in in countries that are making the transition to democracy.
Washington - Egypt should lift its emergency law as soon as possible, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday in a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr.
Cairo- Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr on Wednesday condemned Israel's plan to construct 1,100 homes in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.
New York - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Saturday urged countries to support the Palestinian statehood bid and blasted Israel's violence and its blockade of the Gaza Strip, which he described as violations of international legitimacy.
Cairo/Jerusalem- Egypt said Friday it would remain committed to a peace treaty it signed with Israel in 1979 'so long as the other partner observes its relevant pledges in text and spirit.'
Jerusalem - Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador Friday for a diplomatic dressing down over remarks by Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, that the peace treaty between the two countries is 'not sacred.'
Cairo - There is no definitive European position regarding the Palestinian bid to gain recognition of statehood and membership from the United Nations General Assembly, the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Monday.
Tehran - The Iranian parliament on Monday applauded the attack against the Israeli embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo, state media reported.
Jerusalem - Egyptian naval officers briefly detained seven Israeli security employees on a yacht in the Red Sea, but released them after interrogation, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Friday, after news of the incident was released for publication.
Rafah, Egypt - Egypt denied on Monday that it was undertaking drilling operations along the Gaza-Egypt border to destroy and seal a number of smuggling tunnels delivering supplies to Gaza.
Cairo- Turkey's decision to expel the Israeli ambassador to Ankara, in an escalating row over a lethal Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship last year, has landed the Egyptian government in an embarrassing situation, say opposition politicians.
Cairo - Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr left Cairo Thursday for Paris to attend the Friends of Libya international conference.
Cairo- Egypt is considering setting up a buffer zone on its border with the Gaza Strip following recent bloodshed, the independent newspaper Al Masry Al Youm reported Sunday.
Cairo - Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril held Saturday talks with senior Egyptian officials, saying they were aimed at putting the two countries' relations back on track.
Cairo- Hundreds of Egyptians gathered Friday outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo calling on the government to expel Israel's ambassador over the border incident last week when five Egyptian policemen were killed by Israeli forces.
Cairo - A rocket from the Gaza Strip landed Wednesday in the Egyptian border town of Rafah, injuring one woman, Egyptian state television reported.
Brussels - The Middle East Quartet on Saturday expressed concern about the 'unsustainable situation' in Gaza and warned of 'the risk of escalation' while urging all sides to exercise restraint.
Cairo - Egypt has protested to Israel at the killing of Egyptian policemen on the border, Egyptian state television quoted a military source as saying Friday.
Tel Aviv - Thursday's well-coordinated attacks along Israel's border with the Sinai, which left 8 Israelis dead and around 40 injured, shows that Egypt is losing control of the peninsula, if it has not lost control already, analysts said Friday.
Cairo - An officer in the Egyptian Armed Forces and two policemen were killed near the border with Gaza in an Israeli air strike, the official al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website.
Berlin - Daniel Barenboim, the Berlin-based conductor, proposed Tuesday an open-air concert by his orchestra of Jewish and Palestinian musicians on Tahrir Square, the symbolic home in Cairo of Egypt's Arab Spring uprising.
Berlin - Germany agreed Friday to rechannel Egyptian debts towards development projects, at a meeting between Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Amr in Berlin.
Cairo - Egyptian activists have launched a campaign to pressure their government into expelling the Syrian ambassador to Cairo, protesting continuing deadly crackdowns on Syrians demanding democracy, the semi-official newspaper Al-Ahram reported Thursday.
Cairo - A delegation from the radical Islamist Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strip arrived in Egypt on Saturday ahead of talks with the rival Palestinian group Fatah that is dominant on the West Bank.
Tehran - The former queen of Iran was not allowed to go to Egypt to attend a ceremony for the anniversary of her husband's death last week, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported Monday.
Cairo- Former British prime minister Tony Blair arrived in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Wednesday for talks on regional peacemaking.
Cairo - An Egyptian court Monday ordered the removal of 14 Libyan TV channels, believed to be owned by leader Moamer Gaddafi's regime, from Egypt's transmission satellite NileSat.
Cairo - Egypt has recognized South Sudan as an independent state whose birth was officially declared on Saturday at a high-profile ceremony in the capital Juba.
Bonn, Germany - A European ban on products containing Egyptian fenugreek was extended in Germany Friday to herbal drugs after health authorities said the fenugreek had spread E coli.
Moscow/Cairo - Russia on Wednesday banned a wide range of Egyptian seeds following a European Union report that some of the products might contain E coli bacteria, even as Egypt decried the move as unscientific.
Moscow - Russia on Wednesday banned a wide range of Egyptian seeds and beans following a European Union report that some of the products might contain E coli bacteria, a senior government official said.
Brussels/Parma, Italy - The European Union said Tuesday it was immediately banning the import of certain types of seeds from Egypt after Egyptian fenugreek seeds were linked to recent outbreaks of E coli in Germany and France.
Parma, Italy - A single lot of fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt and used to produce sprouts was the 'most likely common link' between the recent deadly outbreaks of E coli in Germamy and France, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said Tuesday.
Cairo- Turkey on Saturday urged Syria to introduce more reforms and allow peaceful protests, one day after activists said around 15 people were killed in anti-regime protests.
Cairo/Berlin - Egypt on Friday dismissed as untrue European reports that fenugreek seeds from Egypt were a suspected source of a deadly E coli outbreak.
Berlin - Egyptian seeds of fenugreek, suspected of being at the centre of a fatal E coli outbreak in Europe this year, were purchased by a German market garden at the epicentre of the disease, officials said Friday.
Al-Arish, Egypt - Members of a European humanitarian aid mission carried supplies into the blockaded Gaza Strip via Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Sunday.
Cairo - Top Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and other high-level Fatah officials met with Egyptian diplomats in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the future of a Palestinian state and a new unity government.
Tel Aviv/New York - The parents of an Israel-American law student on Tuesday rejected allegations from authorities in Egypt that he had spied for Israel.
Cairo - Egypt said Sunday that it supported French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for the top job at the International Monetary Fund.
Amman - Egypt on Friday resumed its gas exports to Jordan after a 45-day stoppage due to an attack on a pipeline near the Sinai town of al-Arish, said Energy Minister Khalid Touqan.
Washington - The International Monetary Fund and World Bank will hold their autumn meetings next year in Tokyo instead of Egypt as previously planned, the organizations announced Monday in Washington.
New York - Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar, a former chairman of the Egypt's Bank of Alexandria, has been freed on bail after being accused of assaulting a New York hotel maid, news reports said Saturday.
Washington - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that it was imperative that the rule of law prevails in Egypt's plans to try former president Hosny Mubarak.
New York - Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar, a former chairman of the Egypt's Bank of Alexandria, has been charged with allegedly assaulting a New York hotel maid, news reports said Tuesday.
Tehran - Iran said a resumption of diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt required 'patience,' Tehran media reported Monday.
Gaza City - A Hamas official said Sunday the Islamist movement was capable of operating the Gaza border crossing with Egypt, as some 600 people made use of the newly opened border.
Tel Aviv - For the Palestinians, the significance of Egypt's decision to open its border crossing with Gaza is clear. For Israel, it is more ambiguous.
Gaza City - A Hamas official said Sunday the Palestinians saw no need for the immediate return of European observers to Gaza's border crossing with Egypt.