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Arab Foreign Ministers to Discuss Syria on Sunday

Arab foreign ministers will meet in Cairo on Sunday to discuss Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on protests, the official MENA news agency reported.

The agency cited the Arab League's deputy leader Ahmed Ben Helli as saying the meeting would be held at the request of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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Shalit Expected to Return to Israel on Wednesday via Egypt

Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is expected to return to Israel via Egypt by next Wednesday, Palestinian sources and Israeli media said on Thursday

A senior Palestinian official said a first group of 450 Palestinian prisoners would be released next Tuesday, followed by Shalit's release on Wednesday.

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Lawyers Demand New Judge in Mubarak Trial

Lawyers for alleged victims of Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak in his murder trial demanded a new judge on Saturday after military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi testified in court.

Tantawi, who served as defense minister for Mubarak before his overthrow by a popular revolt on February 11, testified behind closed doors.

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Testimony of Egypt Military Ruler at Mubarak Trial Postponed

The testimony of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, as a witness at the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak has been postponed to September 24, judicial sources said Sunday.

Tantawi, who is the de facto head of state since the fall of Mubarak to a popular uprising in February, faced a last minute difficulty which made him unavailable to testify as scheduled on Sunday, the sources said.

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Trial of Egypt's Ousted Mubarak Resumes

The trial of Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak reopened Wednesday, state TV said, with new witnesses set to be questioned over the deaths of hundreds of protesters in the revolt that ousted him.

The latest hearing is the fourth in the trial which opened on August 3 and, unlike the first two sessions, the process is being held behind closed doors and off-camera.

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Mubarak’s Trial Postponed as Clashes Erupt Outside, Inside Court

The trial of Hosni Mubarak and his two sons' trial was postponed on Monday after the prosecution and defense lawyers clashed in the court room.

Dozens of the ousted Egyptian president's supporters and opponents clashed near the Cairo court before he arrived on a stretcher.

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Syria Rejects Arab League Statement, Slams 'Biased Language'

Syria on Sunday rejected an Arab League statement demanding an end to the bloodshed in the country as the organization’s chief waited for a green light to travel to Damascus.

In a diplomatic note to the organization’s secretariat seen by Agence France Presse, Syria said the statement amounted to "a clear violation ... of the principles of the Arab League charter and of the foundations of joint Arab action."

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Egypt for Participation of All Parties in Lebanese Decision-Making

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr stressed Cairo’s keenness on political stability in Lebanon and called for the participation of all political parties in Lebanese decision-making.

Following talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Tuesday, Amr said that “the only way to achieve stability is to guarantee the participation of all political players in the governing structure in Lebanon based on their real representation.”

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Egyptian Pharaoh Statue to Spend 10 Years in NY

A colossal, 4,000-year-old statue of a seated Egyptian pharaoh will be visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the next ten years.

The Met announced Friday that the sculpture is going on loan from a Berlin museum that is renovating a courtyard where the piece was most recently displayed.

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Lebanese Ex-Arab League Envoy Knifed to Death at Cairo Apartment

Lebanon’s former envoy to the Arab League Assaad Abi Akl was found stabbed to death at his apartment at the Cairo suburb of al-Omraniyeh, media reports said Saturday.

They said the 70-year-old’s body was found by his nephew in his bedroom. He had received 65 knife wounds.

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