August 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, Ahmed Helal was locked up four times in Tora prison, officials' favorite detention facility for perceived enemies of the state. Each time, he was arrested in the middle of the night and thrown in with scores of others whose only offense, they believed, was being Shiite Muslims. But Egypt's Shiite community - a small, reticent minority in a country dominated by Sunni Muslims - would come to view Mubarak's three-decade reign almost as the good old days.
December 26, 2010 |
A bus accident in southern Egypt on Sunday left eight American tourists dead and 21 injured, the official MENA news agency reported. The bus was carrying 37 American tourists visiting ancient archeological sites when it slammed into a disabled truck parked along the roadside, MENA reported. A statement posted to the website of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said the staff was "deeply saddened by the traffic accident that has led to deaths and injuries among American tourists. " MENA reported that helicopters had been dispatched to evacuate survivors of the crash.
November 30, 2013 |
CAIRO - A 50-member panel on Saturday began a bellwether vote on Egypt's draft constitution, a process that should yield key clues about the country's envisioned post-coup transition to democracy. The voting coincides with fresh political upheaval in the wake of a new law sharply restricting street protests. In recent days police have violently broken up demonstrations in the capital and elsewhere by both secular Egyptians and by Islamists supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi . Several activists prominent in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak have been arrested.
December 3, 2013 |
CAIRO - A prominent Egyptian political activist reported Tuesday he had been picked up by police, the latest in a string of arrests of secular Egyptians who helped spearhead the country's 2011 uprising against ousted former President Hosni Mubarak. Ahmed Douma sent a tweet alerting followers of his arrest, saying he was not aware of the accusation against him. In the five months that the military-backed government has been in power, most of the authorities' wrath has been aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement that propelled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to power.
January 31, 2011
U.S. stock-index futures fell as investors speculated that Egypt's crisis would slow the global recovery. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 index expiring in March tumbled 0.4% to 1,267 during trading Monday morning in Tokyo, while Dow Jones industrial average futures retreated 79 points, or 0.7%, to 11,696. Middle East shares sank Sunday, sending Abu Dhabi's index down 3.7%, its biggest drop in 14 months. "The situation in Egypt is the catalyst for a downturn," said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Minneapolis-based Wells Capital Management, which oversees about $340 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999
Re "U.S. Announces Plan to Sell Egypt $3.2 Billion in Weaponry," March 12: Congratulations to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for getting U.S. taxpayers to cough up the dough to provide F-16 fighters and Patriot-3 missiles to Egypt to, as Defense Secretary William S. Cohen declared, spare the Egyptians the insult of having to turn to other suppliers. It's nice to know that our sensitivity toward the feelings of Egyptians comes ahead of the U.S. government's responsibility to provide quality education and universal medical care to American kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1999
The "Chill to Democracy in Egypt" (editorial, June 11) is part of the "chill" to the peace agreement with Israel. Since 1993, at the height of the optimism for a new, peaceful Middle East, Cairo was pressing Arab states to slow the "normalization" with Israel. Egypt, jointly with Saudi Arabia, put the brakes on the regional, multilateral negotiations that included Israel. In 1994, while Israel agreed to let Yasser Arafat come back to Gaza in triumph and establish the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait abandoned the multilateral framework.