President Barack Obama needed 18 months to persuade Palestinians and Israelis to hold direct peace talks. Now he has 12 days to make sure the negotiations aren’t derailed by a dispute over settlement construction.
British Airways and Polish carrier LOT said they’ll cut routes to Egypt and Air France revealed it will reduce frequencies in North Africa as political turmoil in Arab states hurts demand for air travel.
From his 33rd-floor penthouse apartment with sweeping views of the Nile River, Naguib Sawiris, Egypt’s best-known billionaire and most prominent Christian, can hear the chants of Friday prayers in the distance. As he sits down to a breakfast of taameya and ful, dishes made from fava beans, demonstrators are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a planned protest, this time aimed at stopping military trials of thousands of civilians arrested during the revolution that brought down the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt’s main state wheat buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities, is being compensated for Russian wheat purchases which were delayed due to railroad congestion, said Nomani Nomani, GASC’s vice chairman.
Last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei inaugurated the summit of Nonaligned Movement leaders in Tehran with a blistering attack on the “dictatorship” of Western countries at the United Nations Security Council.