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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Egypt
Over the past few weeks of escalated violence between Israel and Hamas, several ceasefire plans emerged in an effort to end the hostilities. Hamas, however, has made the reopening of the Rafah border crossing a high priority for any ceasefire arrangement.
With diplomats from Middle Eastern states and several outside powers scrambling to stem the spiraling Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Monday, President Obama called for a cease-fire and cited "serious concerns" about the rising toll of dead on both sides.
The headlines in the Arab and Muslim world all shout a message of sympathy for the Palestinians and name Israel as the aggressor despite the range of opinions throughout the Arab world about America, Israel's principal ally, and about the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas is losing support among Egyptians, who increasingly are criticizing its role in the violence plaguing the Gaza Strip and Israel.
Israel stepped up its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday, pummeling scores of targets and killing at least 14 people as Israeli leaders signaled a weeks-long ground invasion could be quickly approaching.
With the World Cup in faraway Brazil coming at a time of unprecedented sectarian violence and soaring tension in the Middle East, some Arab football fans have been reduced to watching matches in secret or even - and this is where it gets complicated - on a TV channel owned by Israel.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said he wished the three Al Jazeera journalists convicted last month on terrorism charges had been deported instead of put on trial.
Three journalists employed by Al-Jazeera Qatar were sentenced to seven years in prison by Egypt court authorities who found them guilty of collaborating with terrorists and making up news.
The Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year's overthrow of the country's Islamist president.
Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in on Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation that has been roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its 2011 uprising.
Egypt's Roman Catholic bishop has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims.
Egyptian authorities scrambled to rescue the country's presidential election from the embarrassment of low voter turnout that has dented former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's hopes for an enthusiastic show of public support. Few people trickled to the polls Wednesday even after the balloting was extended for a third day.
The Asian Football Confederation has ordered member associations to appoint integrity officers in a renewed bid to tackle corruption and match-fixing in the region.
Egypt extended its presidential election an extra day as the government, military and supporters of front-runner Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi scrambled on Tuesday to increase turnout after two days of reportedly thin voting dented the former army chief's attempts to garner an overwhelming show of public support.
Egypt's interim president urged Egyptians on Sunday to come out and vote in this week's presidential election, saying the vote will shape the nation's future.