#AceNewsServices – September 19 – An Egyptian man, Adel Abdul Bary, said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Reuters reported.
Bary, 54, said in court he would plead guilty to making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans.
The plea comes two months before he was set to face trial in a federal court alongside two co-defendants, Libyan Anas al-Liby and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz.
The bombings killed 224 people. Bary and Fawwaz helped disseminate statements of responsibility for the group, according to an earlier criminal indictment.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 10 – The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said that unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without pre-conditions, the delegation will leave Cairo.
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, August 10, 2014. Photo by AP
Israel has said it will not take part in the talks while violence is ongoing.
Palestinians factions in Cairo refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport.
Israel has struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before Haaretz reported.
Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities persisted.
Sunday’s Live Events:
11:28 A.M. A 14-year-old boy was killed and three were wounded in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Earlier three Palestinians were killed in separate attacks in the Strip. The latest incidents raise the Palestinian death toll in the Israeli operation in Gaza to 1,917. According to Palestinian officials, 9,878 have been wounded.
11:15 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells ministers during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the Gaza operation "will continue and will take time."
"Hamas won’t wear us down, and we will not negotiate under fire," he adds.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tells the cabinet: "Hamas must be defeated."
"We [must] clean up the area and leave as fast as possible. If only someone would have listened to me on day one, we would have been done already."
10:53 A.M. The Israel Air Force has struck 25 Gaza targets since midnight. (Gili Cohen)
10:49 A.M. Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said during the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel must "break the Hamas’ military force in Gaza. This was true before and it is true now, residents of the Gaza envelope must be able to return safely to their homes." (Barak Ravid)
10:31 A.M. Prosecutors in Be’er Sheva are to press charges against six Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad for their involvement in rocket fire on Israel and the digging of tunnels from Gaza. The six were arrested after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8. (Shirley Seidler)
9:39 A.M. Four mortar shells explode in Eshol Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)
8:44 A.M. Palestinian negotiator Bassam Salhi, who represents a small PLO faction, says his team met late Saturday with Egyptian mediators.
In the meeting, the Palestinians were told that Egypt is in touch with Israeli officials and hopes to make progress, Salhi said.
"We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today," he says. (AP)
6:31 A.M. Two rockets exploded in open field in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)
6:14 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli town near Gaza border. (Haaretz)
4:05 A.M. Latest rocket siren was a false alarm. (Israel Radio)
3:35 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in two Israeli towns by Gaza border. (Haaretz)
2:43 A.M. About 500 demonstrators in New York have turned out to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
They met near Columbus Circle and marched to United Nations headquarters Saturday, chanting: "Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime!"
Zouleikha Ban says she was born in Algeria, but protesters feel they are all Palestinians because she says "there is no justice" in Gaza.
Protest organizers called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.
A social media movement aimed at uniting Jews and Arabs planned a silent protest and candlelight vigil in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near UN headquarters later Saturday.
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters demonstrated in front of a midtown Manhattan office building on Aug. 1 after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire broke down in Gaza. (AP)
12:05 A.M. Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.
"Tomorrow we have a meeting with the Egyptian leadership in the morning and on the basis of that we will decide our future plan," Ahmed told Al Arabiya television.
"We will leave Cairo tomorrow if it is confirmed to us that they will not return except with conditions."
Israel has said it will not take part in truce talks while violence is ongoing. Palestinians factions in Cairo for the negotiations refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport. (Reuters)
11:09 P.M. Israel Air Force struck a vehicle in Rafah carrying three Hamas militants. Approximately an hour earlier, the IDF targeted another Hamas member. More than 60 targets were hit in the Gaza Strip in past 24 hours. (Gili Cohen)
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – July 27 – At least 15 people died when a residential building was hit during a rocket attack in Tripoli, Libya, Itar-Tass reported.
The building, which housed Egyptian workers, was completely destroyed by the explosion.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement warning its citizens to avoid travelling to Libya due to heightened tensions in the country.
#AceBreakingNews – DOHA – July 20 – Doha has announced it will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, which will look to try and push for an end to fighting in the Gaza strip, according to a senior source from the country reported RT.
The session is due to take place in Doha and will be chaired by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between the Islamist Hamas group and the international community, said the source.
“Qatar has presented Hamas’ demands to the international community. The list has been presented to France and to the UN. The talks tomorrow will be to further negotiate these conditions.”
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has rejected Egyptian efforts to end the fighting, saying any deal must include an end to a blockade of the coastal area and a recommittment to a ceasefire reached in an eight-day war there in 2012.
The conditions include the release of prisoners re-arrested since a 2011 exchange deal with Israel, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings and an end to an Israeli blockade on the Gaza seaport, a Hamas source in Doha said.
“In general, Israel must end all forms of aggression and attacks, end the blockade of Gaza and remove the actions that resulted from its military offensive in the West Bank after June 12,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in the Palestinian Territories.
Egypt said on Saturday it had no plans to revise its ceasefire proposal, which Hamas has already rejected. And the Hamas source in Doha said the group has no plans to change its conditions for a ceasefire.
“We want the rights of our people. Palestinians on the ground are supporting us and we will get them back their rights,” said the source.
#AceBreakingNews – ISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – The full text of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal as follows courtesy of Haaretz News Agency.
1. Owing to Egypt’s historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed;
Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party as such, during the period of the ceasefire, both sides shall abide by the following:
a. Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.
b. All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.
c. Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.
d. Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.
2. Method of implementation of the initiative:
a. It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.
#AceWorldNews – EGYPT (Cairo) – June 30 – An Egyptian police officer was killed in a small explosion near the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis district on Monday, the Interior Ministry said.
Several others were wounded at a street intersection near the presidential palace, Reuters reported.
Security forces were defusing one makeshift bomb when a second device exploded.
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – June 07 – An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to death in absentia, Reuters reports.
Those sentenced were convicted on charges including inciting violence and blocking a major thoroughfare north of Cairo during protests after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July.
All of the defendants have reportedly been in hiding since Morsi’s ouster.
The court, however, postponed sentencing for the movement’s leader and other senior members on trial in the same case, judicial sources told the agency.
Judge Hassan Fareed said the verdict for the 38 remaining defendants would be announced at a hearing on July 5.
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 29 – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief, is on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election, early provisional results suggested.
Sisi won 96.2 percent of about 21 million votes cast, state television reported early on Thursday, with the ballots from 312 of 352 counting stations tallied.
Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate, received 3.8 percent of the votes counted.
Voter turnout was low, at 44.4 percent, despite the government declaring the second day of voting a national holiday, and extending the election for a third day.
He has overseen a bloody crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement in which more than 1,400 people have been killed and 16,000 detained.The Brotherhood said it would boycott the vote, as did many liberal and secular activist groups.
Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate in the election, said earlier his team had recorded “violations” in the voting process.
However, he rejected calls from his supporters to withdraw from the elections, saying it was not in the interest of Egyptians.
Mr Sabahi secured only about 760,000 of the 24.7 million votes counted, and lost out in many regions to a high number of spoiled ballots, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reports.
Hundreds of Sisi supporters took to the streets of Cairo in the early hours of Thursday as results emerged, waving Egyptian flags, setting off fireworks and honking their car horns.
The military-backed authorities had extended voting to a third day in the hope of boosting turnout.
Al-Jazeera – Daily News Egypt – Al-Haram
#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – May 26 – 9:35 Doors were around half an hour late to open at the Gomhoreya School polling station in Cairo’s up-scale Maadi district, reports Ahram Online’s Dina Samak — bad news for the long queues of voters waiting outside.
“We can wait. It’s only one day,” a middle aged woman tells other waiting voters. Several women ululate in celebration.
Meanwhile, in Agouza’s Qawmiyya polling station, Ibtesam, the widow of a police officer, tells Ahram Online she is voting because “it is important to build the nation’s future.” She says she will vote for El-Sisi because “he cares for the country and saved it from chaos.”
9:30 Candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has also cast his vote, in Mohandiseen in Giza. TV footage shows him pressed on all sides by crowds.
“We hope for a large turnout…to reach 30 million,” Sabahi told waiting reporters. The leftist contender pledged to “make serious decisions (that would) fulfilling the legitimate dreams of Egyptians, namely social justice, rectifying the situations of those in prisons for [expressing] their opinions…as well as [launching] a war on corruption,” he added.
9:25 Abdel-Aziz Soliman, general secretary of the Presidential Elections Commission — the judicial body responsible for organising the election — has stated that all polling stations have opened on time and there have been no complaints reported so far.
He also said that turnout seems high, Al-Ahram Arabic reported.
9:20 Outgoing president Adly Mansour, has reached his polling station in Cairo’s Heliopolis district, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.
Presidential hopeful El-Sisi has also arrived at a different polling station in the same district to cast his ballot. Television footage shows him, surrounded by numerous bodyguards, struggling to move through excited crowds.
Live Coverage Courtesy of Al-Haram – 26/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/m5p8bde
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 21 – An Egyptian court sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Wednesday and gave 54 of them life sentences, Reuters reported, citing judicial sources.
The case is related to violence in the Nile Delta province of Mansour last August after the army’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
Other defendants were sentenced to between three to 10 years in jail as the charges include instigating violence and chaos and membership in a banned group.
Police dispersed demonstrators outside the courthouse who were protesting the verdict.
#AceNewsServices – May 21 – CAIRO – Footage has emerged for the first time of Al Jazeera’s hunger striking journalist Abdullah Elshamy. Elshamy has been in Egyptian prison since August 14, 2013, without charge.
Egyptian authorities moved him to an undisclosed location on May 12, 2014.
Update: According to his family, Elshamy has been transferred to a solitary confinement in maximum security Scorpion unit in Tora prisons.
Interview from Al-Jazeera on the April 30 2014 – Gehad Khaled is an Egyptian activist and wife of detained Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shami.
It’s almost May and a thought comes to my mind; how will my husband and I celebrate his birthday this year?
Do I surprise him by booking a trip to a new destination or do I organise a small party with close friends, or do we go where we spent our first day of marriage, on a Mediterranean island?
What shall I get him as a gift? Is there enough time to learn how to bake a beautiful cake?
Last year was the first year we spent his birthday together. He told me it was the most beautiful he’s ever had, and I promised to make it the most beautiful every year. So what do I do this year?
Hold on for a moment! This year is different. Abdullah is not here, and even though he hasn’t travelled on assignment, we will not be meeting within days. Abdullah is only a few miles away. It only takes me 20 minutes by car to reach the place he is; but he is not somewhere normal.
Abdullah is detained behind thick concrete walls, metal bars and armed guards separate us. This year it’s different because I don’t know if we will spend his birthday together. Will I be standing outside his wretched jail cell, or will I be given permission to relieve him the brunt of his daily captivity?
And my mind starts to go in a different way. How will I celebrate with him in jail? How will we spend our time together surrounded by dozens of people and a number of informants around us violating any form of privacy in our conversation.
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#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 21 – An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced deposed president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on corruption charges, AFP reported.
The ruling was announced in one of two trials after the 2011 uprising.
His sons Alaa and Gamal each received four-year jail terms, and four other defendants were acquitted.
They were accused of embezzling about $14 million earmarked for the maintenance of presidential palaces.
Mubarak had technically been a free man after a court ordered his release last year following the end of the permitted detention period.
AFP – AP – RT – Egyptian Daily
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 19 – An Egyptian court acquitted 169 Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged in connection with unrest that followed the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last year, Reuters reported.
The men were charged with “illegal gathering” in relation to violence in Cairo on August 16 last year.
Of those charged, 117 were still being held and will now be freed.
Others charged in the case have already been released.
A judge in Alexandria on Monday convicted 62 people and sentenced them to jail terms of up to 25 years in over political violence last July.
The rulings were announced a day after more than 160 Brotherhood supporters were handed sentences of up to 15 years in prison.
Reuters – RT – AP – AFP
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 03 – An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced 102 defendants it describes as Muslim Brotherhood supporters to 10 years in prison each on charges of violent rioting in a Cairo neighbourhood and possession of weapons.
Egypt’s state news agency said the Saturday ruling puts the defendants under police surveillance for a period of five years after the end of their prison sentences.
Two other defendants were jailed for seven years in the case for two others over charges of violence and rioting last July.
The defendants were found guilty of charges of assaulting private and public property, murdering a citizen and attempting to murder others at al-Dhaher district east of Cairo last July following Morsi’s overthrow.
The ruling is linked to demonstrations staged to protest the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the military in July. Morsi’s ouster followed days of mass demonstrations demanding his resignation.
The prosecutors charged the defendants with gathering illegally with intent to inflict material and moral harm to others and public property, which led to one death.
Egypt’s State News Agency – AP – Egyptian News
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 02 – An elderly political detainee has died of severe mistreatment while in police custody in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria.
Egyptian security sources said on Friday that the 64-year-old man died due to high blood pressure related problems at Borg al-Arab Prison in Alexandria.
His relatives say he was being tortured and denied urgent medical care at the crowded prison.
The man known as Gomaa Hemeidah was arrested back in late December for taking part in an unsanctioned gathering.
According to independent sources, compiled by a number of human rights groups, at least 62 detainees have lost their lives inside Egypt’s crowded jails over the past few months.
In November, the military-backed authorities passed a law banning all but police-sanctioned protests.
Since then, hundreds of anti-government protesters have been jailed for breaking the law.
Press TV – Egyptian News
#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – April 28 (ALJ) Hundreds of Egyptian activists took to the streets against an anti-protest law, one month before a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is widely expected to win.
On Saturday, the protesters marched to the presidential palace in Cairo calling for the scrapping of the law passed by Egypt’s army-backed interim leadership in November to curb unrest that erupted after the army’s overthrow of elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. (Reuters)
The law requires anyone planning a demonstration to obtain police permission. Saturday’s protesters, however, did not.
A few threw stones at the police, who did not react and there was no serious violence.
“Down, down with army rule,” the protesters chanted.
Some burned posters of Sisi, who stepped down from his post as the head of the army last month to run for the presidency in the vote on May 26-27.
#AceWorldNews – LONDON – April 28 – The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera served Egypt with a $150 million compensation claim on Monday for what it said was damage to its media business inflicted by Cairo’s military rulers, a step likely to worsen Qatari-Egyptian relations.
In a move aimed at drawing attention to what Al Jazeera calls Egypt’s unacceptable treatment of it and its journalists, a lawyer acting for the pan-Arab channel told Reuters he had handed a legal document detailing the claim to a representative of the Egyptian government.
Egypt had begun a “sustained campaign” against Al Jazeera and its journalists after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July last year, said Cameron Doley, a lawyer at London law firm Carter-Ruck, which is handling the case.
“Al Jazeera invested substantial sums in Egypt,” said Doley. “The effect of this recent campaign by the military government is that this investment has been expropriated. Egypt is bound by international law to pay Al Jazeera just and effective compensation.”
Cairo had six months to settle the claim, filed in the context of a bilateral investment treaty, he said, or face an international tribunal. There was no immediate comment from the Egyptian authorities.
REUTERS – AL-JAZEERA
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#AceWorldNews – CAIRO, April 28 – The court of the Egyptian al-Minya province has sentenced 683 Muslim Brotherhood members to death.
The sentence will now have to be confirmed by Egypt’s Grand Mufti.
The court has also upheld the death sentence for 37 out of 529 Muslim Brotherhood members that had been sentenced earlier. The rest of them will serve life in prison.
All suspects were charged with violence and killings during last year’s demonstrations in Cairo against the ouster of president Mohammad Morsi.
#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – April 27 – An Egyptian security official says authorities have arrested a spokesman for the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, who reportedly spent the past ten months on the run evading a government crackdown on the Islamist group, according to the Associated Press.
The official told the Associated Press that Mehrez was detained in the Egyptian capital on Friday.
The Muslim Brotherhood spokesman is accused of inciting murder and violence after Islamist President Mohammad Mursi was removed from power in July 2013.
Cairo designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in late 2013 and since then authorities have been cracking down on the group from which Mursi hails.
An Al Arabiya correspondent said one woman was killed Friday during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces in the province of al-Fayyoum, south-west of Cairo.
Medical sources speaking to Reuters news agency identified the woman as Reda Dahish.
AP – AL-Arabiya – Reuters