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Six Dead in Egypt Factory Collapse

A textile dyeing factory collapsed in Egypt, killing six people and injuring 22 in an accident blamed on poor construction, authorities said Monday.

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Israel Wary of New Gaza Violence if Cairo Talks Fail

Israel's deputy foreign minister warned Thursday that Hamas was likely to resume "violence" if it feels it has made no political gains from upcoming talks in Cairo.

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Hamas: Cairo Truce Talks to Resume Mid-September

Hamas's exiled deputy leader said Wednesday that indirect talks with Israel to consolidate a Gaza ceasefire are to resume in Cairo in mid-September.

Fifty days of deadly fighting between Israel and Gaza militants which killed more than 2,140 Palestinians and 73 on the Israeli side, ended on August 26 with an open-ended truce agreement.

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Massive Blackout Hits Cairo Rush Hour

A huge power outage blacked out most of Cairo on Thursday causing major disruption across the city of some 20 million people at the height of the morning rush hour.

Services were completely suspended on one of the city's three metro lines and heavily disrupted on a second, the state MENA news agency reported.

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Norway: Donor Conference in Cairo Once Lasting Gaza Truce

International donors will meet in Cairo to pledge funds for the reconstruction of Gaza as soon as a lasting ceasefire is reached between Israel and the Palestinians, Norway announced Monday.

The funds raised under the aegis of Egypt and Norway will be released to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende, whose country heads the international coordination committee for aid to the Palestinians.

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Israel Warns on Security as Gaza Truce Talks Resume

Israel warned Sunday it would not countenance any long-term truce deal that did not answer its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks were set to resume in Cairo.

Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are taking place during a five-day lull in the fighting which is due to expire at midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday.

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Clock Ticks Down to End of Gaza Truce Deadline

Five Palestinians and an Italian journalist were killed in Gaza Wednesday when Israeli ordnance detonated as experts tried to disable it just hours before the end of a 72-hour truce.

The blast occurred in the northern town of Beit Lahiya as Egyptian mediators scrambled to persuade Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to extend a three-day ceasefire, which expires at midnight (2100 GMT).

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Truce Holds as Cairo Talks Turn to Gaza Blockade

Negotiators in Cairo addressed the thorny issue of the Israeli Gaza blockade on Tuesday night, as the second day of a 72-hour truce neared its end.

As Gaza's residents ventured out to try to piece together their battered lives, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held a second round of indirect talks aimed at finding a durable end to the five-week confrontation.

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Rights Group Demands Sisi Probed over Egypt Killings

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday demanded that Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and two other officials be investigated for their roles in a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds in likely "crimes against humanity".

Security forces stormed two sit-ins of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares on August 14, 2013, resulting in what HRW termed "one of the largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history".

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Israeli Delegation Arrives in Cairo for Truce Talks

An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Monday for indirect negotiations with Palestinians on a durable truce in Gaza, Egypt and Israeli officials said.

The Palestinian delegation meanwhile was already locked in talks with Egyptian intelligence mediators, who will relay their demands to the Israeli negotiators, a Palestinian official said.

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