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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - steven cook
Egyptians celebrated Sunday the election of their country's first freely elected president - Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who becomes the first Islamist head of state of the Arab world's most populous nation.
The two surviving candidates in Egypt's presidential election appealed Saturday for support from voters who rejected them as polarizing extremists in the first round even as they faced a new challenge from the third runner-up who contested the preliminary results.
Egypt's new Cabinet announced Monday that it would increase the salaries and pensions of the country's 6 million state employees by 15 percent, as the Egyptian pound hit six-year lows against the dollar in trading after Sunday's reopening of the nation's banks.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle appeared on Wednesday to offer support for Turkey's stalling bid to join the European Union, saying in Istanbul that the country's "direction is [toward] Europe."
A new poll shows Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's governing party is trailing in advance of next year's elections.
U.S. and Western intelligence agencies assess that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill, and the Obama administration is closely watching the expected transition of power.
Steven Cook, a senior fellow and Egyptian-affairs specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that when he was in the Egyptian capital two months ago, several interlocutors told him the leader was not well.
He said he heard that an entire floor of the military hospital in the Cairo neighborhood of Mahdi was prepared to treat him.