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Former President Hosni Mubarak, 83, also is being investigated for abuse of power, embezzlement and responsibility for the deaths of some protesters during the 18 days of unrest that led to his overthrow on Feb. 11. He is still in detention.
“Suzanne Mubarak was released pending investigations after she gave up her assets of [$4 million] to the state,” Assem el-Gohari, the head of the Illicit Gains Authority, told state radio.
Gadhafi oil minister heads to Tunisia
TUNIS, Tunisia — Libyan Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem, a veteran of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, has left his country across the border with Tunisia, a Tunisian government source told Agence France-Presse Tuesday.
The Libyan rebellion movement said it did not know if Mr. Ghanem had defected and had no contact with him.
Mr. Ghanem, also the chairman of Libya’s powerful national oil company, crossed the border by car on Saturday and stayed at a hotel in the southern tourist island of Djerba, the government source said on the condition of anonymity.
The hotel said he had left with his family early Tuesday for an unknown destination.
“Shukri Ghanem has left Libya. He entered Tunisia by car on May 14 across the Ras Jedir border post,” the government official said. “Shukri Ghanem is currently in a hotel at Djerba, and he has not tried to contact the Tunisian authorities.”
CAIRO — Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Tuesday agreed on the mechanisms to implement a reconciliation agreement after talks described by both parties and their Egyptian mediators as “positive.”
“Fatah and Hamas held intense talks in Cairo over two days sponsored by Egypt, to define the mechanisms of implementation of a Palestinian reconciliation deal” signed earlier this month, said an Egyptian statement carried by the official MENA news agency.
“The meetings took place in a positive atmosphere, amid cooperation and understanding from both sides which reflects their desire to end their division as soon as possible,” the statement said.
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