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Latest Egypt Items
Islamic hard-liners, some of them heavily suppressed under three decades of Hosni Mubarak's regime, are enthusiastically diving into Egypt's new freedoms, forming political parties to enter upcoming elections and raising alarm that they will try to lead the country into fundamentalist rule.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was abruptly hospitalized Tuesday at this Red Sea resort for heart problems during an investigation into allegations of corruption and the violence against protesters, state TV reported.
Ousted President Hosni Mubarak was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday, two days after he was summoned to take part in an investigation by the public prosecutor, according to a judicial source and the website of a state newspaper.
Police are using a combination of aggressive spy operations and community outreach to counter what Deputy Police Chief Michael P. Downing called the growing threat of Mumbai-style terrorist attacks — car bombings and small-arms-equipped suicide teams.
As popular protests in the Greater Middle East crack the decades-old walls of suppression, the prospect of change in the region seems no longer to be a distant dream but an inescapable eventuality. No one knows this better than the dictators in Iran, who are frantically trying to prevent the wildfire from consuming their own fragile theocracy.
An Egyptian military tribunal has convicted a blogger of insulting the army after he publicized reports of abuses by the military, and sentenced him to three years in prison, human rights groups said Monday.
Jordanians are concerned that their kingdom is becoming more polarized, following bloody protests late last month that left one man dead and 120 people injured.
With the outcome of the various uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East unknown at this time, there are some troubling developments. The intellectuals and liberal media are promoting the thesis that these revolts appear to be primarily secular in nature - but are they? It has been grudgingly acknowledged that al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists, including the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), are involved in the uprisings.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair cautioned the international community against taking Col. Moammar Gadhafi lightly, as a delegation of African leaders arrived in Tripoli to try to start peace talks between the Libyan dictator and anti-government rebels.