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Israel accepts Egypt truce proposal

Israel accepts Egypt truce proposal

Israel has accepted an Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict with Gaza. Hamas, which controls Gaza, is still discussing the plan, but its armed wing has rejected it as a "surrender". Under the terms, the ceasefire should begin immediately, followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both sides. Palestinian officials say...

Dream shattered for a poor father

Abdul Kuddus's frail body weakened further by the shock of the death of his two sons. Staring blankly at the coffins, the 70-year-old struggled to find words. "Everything is ruined; my dreams, my hopes," he said after receiving the bodies at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday. A flight of Turkish airlines carrying the bodies of Swapan Miah, 34, and Milon Shayal, 32, landed at the airport around 5:00am. The brothers were killed in a missile attack at a labour...

Egypt raises fuel prices by up to 78pc

Egypt raises fuel prices by up to 78pc

Egypt's government raised the prices of fuel by up to 78 percent starting Saturday, following on a promise to cut subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget, the official news agency reported. The price hikes, in effect as of Friday midnight, follow an increase in electricity prices that were put...

Egypt life terms for Badie and 36 Brotherhood figures

Brotherhood figures given life terms

Brotherhood figures given life terms

An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 36 other Islamists to life in jail. They were accused of inciting violence and blocking a road near Cairo during protests over the military-led removal of President Mohammed Morsi last July. New President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pledged to eliminate the Brotherhood. Badie has already...

Journalism jailed in Egypt

AFTER three journalists for Al-Jazeera English were sentenced for between 7 and 10 years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security last week, the Egyptian judiciary not only suppressed the media but also signalled that autocratic days for the country are looming at large. The judicial decision on sentencing the journalists without any political interference cannot and will not stand. This verdict in many respects hints at how the future Egypt under Mr. Al-Sisi and his...

Egypt's President Sisi 'will not interfere' in al Jazeera case

Egypt's President Sisi 'will not interfere' in al Jazeera case

Egypt's president has said he will not "interfere" with the judiciary over the sentencing of al Jazeera journalists in Cairo, which triggered global outrage. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said, "we must respect judicial rulings and not criticise them even if others do not understand this". A court in Cairo found Australian Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and...

Egypt sentences 3 al-Jazeera journos

Egypt sentences 3 al-Jazeera journos

An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a case that has brought an outcry from rights groups. The sentences were handed down against Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer...

183 Brotherhood men to die in Egypt

An Egyptian court yesterday confirmed death sentences against the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and at least 182 of his supporters. The court's decision came two months after it referred the case against the Brotherhood's "general guide", Mohamed Badie, and hundreds of others to the state's highest religious authority, the grand mufti, the first step towards imposing a death sentence. They were charged over violence that erupted in the southern Egyptian town of Minya in July, in the aftermath of...

183 Brotherhood men awarded death penalty in Egypt

183 Brotherhood men awarded death penalty in Egypt

An Egyptian court has confirmed death sentences for 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters accused of a 2013 attack on a police station, lawyers say. A judge had recommended the death penalty for the 683 defendants, in a widely-criticised mass trial in April. Mohammed Badie, leader of the banned group, was among those whose sentences were upheld....

Tunisia's successes and Egypt's regressions

ON January 26, 2014, the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia voted overwhelmingly [200 out of 217] to approve the most liberal democratic constitution in the Middle East. The constitution protects civil liberties, establishes separation of powers and proper checks and balances, and guarantees gender equality in socio-political processes. Paradoxically enough, the dominant group in the Assembly consists of Islamists. The charter is an outcome of a long-protracted process of negotiation, consensus and trust-building between Islamists and secularists. A Turkish New York...

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