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Leaving the shadow of the man

By Tom Dale Commissioned by UN Women to make a film about women in Egypt, Hanan Abdalla felt the need to tell a story with “a sense of responsibility to two worlds.” It is most important that such a film would speak accurately to an Egyptian audience, but it must also make sense to a Western …


Tunisia, Egypt, Libya urge Arab solution to Syria crisis

By AFP TUNIS: Foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, meeting in Tunis said Friday the Syrian crisis should be resolved in an “Arab framework” and opposed foreign military intervention in the country. “We are all against military intervention in Syria, and we want the problem to be resolved in an Arab framework,” Tunisian Foreign …


Egypt says ready to hand back Libya former regime members

By AFP CAIRO: The Egyptian foreign ministry said Thursday it was in talks with Tripoli over a request to hand back members of slain dictator MoamAr Qaddafi’s regime seeking refuge in Egypt. Libya’s prosecutor had written to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, providing a list of Libyans in Egypt belonging to the former regime …


No fuel from Egypt despite payments: Palestinians

By AFP GAZA CITY: The Palestinian energy authority in Gaza said on Wednesday it had paid Egypt $2 million towards fuel for its crippled power station, but had yet to receive anything in return. Gaza is experiencing a major electricity crisis because of a shortage of fuel for its sole power plant. The plant, which …


N. Africa countries adopt plan to secure borders

By Ali Shuaib / Reuters TRIPOLI: Nine northern African countries including Libya, Algeria and Egypt agreed on Monday to work together to secure their borders in a move to clamp down on militia clashes and weapons smuggling in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. Under the Tripoli Plan, countries will adopt stronger measures including sharing …


Neighbors want Libya to stay united: Tunisia

By AFP TRIPOLI: Tunisia and Egypt want a united Libya and reject calls for federalism for their neighbor, the Tunisian foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. “Tunisia and Egypt share the goal of preserving national unity, security and stability in Libya,” the official LANA new agency quoted Rafik Abdessalem as saying. At a …


Egypt condemns Israeli strikes on Gaza

By Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign minister condemned Israel’s air strikes on Gaza on Saturday and called for an immediate end to the attacks to prevent further bloodshed, the state news agency MENA said. Three Palestinians were killed in new Israeli air raids in Gaza on Sunday, raising the death toll to 18, as militants fired …


No quick revival seen for Egypt, Tunisia tourism

By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan / Reuters BERLIN: Egypt and Tunisia are unlikely to see tourism — a vital prop for their battered economies — revive anytime soon as holidaymakers continue to shun North African destinations a year after the “Arab Spring” revolutions. Bookings to the two countries collapsed last year after popular uprisings across …


Tunisia, Egypt Islamists signal bigger religion role

By Tom Heneghan / Reuters PARIS: After months of reassuring secularist critics, Islamist politicians in Tunisia and Egypt have begun to lay down markers about how Muslim their states should be — and first signs show they want more religion than previously admitted. Islamist parties swept the first free elections in both countries in recent months …


Arab Spring ushers in bright future despite worry

The euphoria sparked by the Arab Spring is giving way to disquiet over political instability and the growing influence of Islamists, but the democratic process still looks unstoppable, experts believe. In 12 months, the Arab world has gone through more changes than it saw in decades, with Tunisia and Egypt staging historic elections. A popular …


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