One song dominates Egypt’s airwaves, blaring from radios and television sets nationwide. It’s a hymn of praise to the army, which overthrew President Mohamed Mursi three months ago, and the emotions it evokes show how the country remains polarized by that intervention.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family have arrived in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula, Al Arabiya television and the Associated Press reported today, without saying where they got the information.
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.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders will resume efforts to defuse a dispute over settlement building today in Jerusalem after talks in Egypt overseen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed little sign of resolving the issue.
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.
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.
Hosni Mubarak is in stable condition after suffering a drop in blood pressure, according to Assem Azzam, the head of the medical team in the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital supervising the former Egyptian president’s health.