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Newsline: Egypt Police Arrest Man with Homemade Bomb Near US Embassy

Police on Tuesday arrested a man carrying a crude explosive device near the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, according to security officials. They said the man, whom they did not identify, was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies in the leafy district of Garden City. The U.S. Embassy said in a tweet that it was “aware of a reported incident” near the embassy and advised American citizens to avoid the area.

https://www.voanews.com/a/egypt-police-arrest-man-with-homemade-bomb-near-us-embassy-/4556906.html

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Newsline: Egyptian diplomat detained after calling for referendum

An Egyptian former diplomat has been detained by authorities in Cairo after calling for a referendum on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government, family members told CNN. “Security forces took my father, Maasoum Marzouk, from our home without explanation and without cause just for practicing his constitutional rights of calling for a referendum,” Maisara Marzouk said. “A minibus of around 15 civilian-dressed, armed security personnel arrived at 1pm and arrested him, then searched his house and took his personal belongings without showing us the legal permit for that procedure,” she added. Khaled Ali, Marzouk’s lawyer, confirmed the detainment, adding that seven opposition leaders also were arrested in the sweep. Marzouk is a former ambassador and assistant minister of foreign affairs. He is renowned for his criticism of the Sisi government.

http://www.phillytrib.com/news/egyptian-diplomat-detained-after-calling-for-referendum/article_47994b5b-f9ff-5b14-b9af-63ae4b4064ed.html

Newsline: Egyptian authorities denied a Swedish diplomat entry into the country

A Swedish diplomat was denied entrance into Egypt this week upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. Anne Madeleine, who is an employee of the Swedish embassy in Turkey, did not have the proper entry visa required for diplomats, a security source told local media. Although Madeleine had submitted her passport to terminate arrival procedures for tourism, she did not have the appropriate diplomatic visa. Passport authorities at the airport consulted with Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Musharaf before making the decision. Musharaf made the call to enforce the principle of reciprocity, denying entry to the Swedish envoy. Since 2010, Egypt has enforced the principle of visa reciprocity. This means that envoys of nations that require Egyptian diplomats to obtain a visa prior to arrival are forced to do the same when traveling to Egypt.

https://stepfeed.com/egyptian-authorities-denied-a-swedish-diplomat-entry-into-the-country-5785

Newsline: Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over ‘insulting’ TV series

Sudan has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to complain about a TV series that portrays Egyptian rebel fighters living in the neighbouring country. The Sudanese foreign ministry said on Saturday that the Ramadan series, titled Abu Amr al-Masry, broadcasted by ON TV satellite channel, is “insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan and destroying the confidence and relations between the people of the two countries”. It urged Egypt to “stop attempts at disturbing the interests of the two countries”.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/sudan-summons-egypt-ambassador-insulting-tv-series-180520095212783.html

Newsline: Former official at Libya embassy in Egypt raids Libyan consulate HQ in Alexandria

Libya’s consul in Alexandria Adel Al-Hassi said the ex-consul Mohammed Al-Dressi along with some of his relatives and two diplomats who work in the consulate raided its headquarters and seized it early Tuesday. “Three Libyan security personnel were injured, one is in serious condition after being cut with a knife. The ex-consul-led mob seized the HQ and took the documents.” Al-Hassi explained to the press. He also urged Egyptian authorities to deport the attackers back to Libya and to hand him the HQ of the consulate as he is the legitimate consul, pointing out that the Presidential Council sent a letter to Egypt demanding lifting the diplomatic impunity of Al-Dressi after he attacked Cairo-based Libyan embassy earlier. The PC Head’s spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, confirmed in a presser on Tuesday that Interim-Government-appointed Al-Dressi was the one who led the mob in attacking the consulate. El Sallak told reporters that the foreign ministry is following up on the situation in coordination with the Egyptian authorities, condemning the “heinous act.” Al-Dressi, meanwhile, told Al-Bayda-based Libyan News Agency that he resumed work from his office in Alexandria, adding he assumed office without any hindrances from the employees in there. Libya’s Cairo-based embassy and Alexandria-based consulate have been the battlefield between those appointed by the PC and by the Interim government in eastern Libya, with no clear action by Egyptian authorities, which have been swaying between accrediting PC’s consuls and regaining accreditation of eastern government’s diplomats.

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/former-official-libya-embassy-egypt-raids-libyan-consulate-hq-alexandria

Newsline: North Korean Embassy in Cairo accused of military sales

Egypt has purchased North Korean weapons and allowed North Korean diplomats to use their Cairo embassy as a base for military sales across the region, American and United Nations officials say. Those transactions earned vital hard cash for North Korea, but they violated international sanctions and drew the ire of Egypt’s main military patron, the United States, which cut or suspended $291 million in military aid in August. Tensions may bubble up again in the coming weeks with the publication of a United Nations report that contains new information about the cargo of a rusty North Korean freighter intercepted off the coast of Egypt in 2016. The ship was carrying 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades worth an estimated $26 million. The report, due to be released this month, identifies the customer for the weapons as an arm of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, Egypt’s main state weapons conglomerate.

Newsline: Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt to return to Cairo after withdrawal

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour announced that the Sudanese ambassador to Egypt, Abdel-Mahmoud Abdel-Halim, will return to Cairo to resume his duties. This comes a month after Sudan recalled the ambassador ‘for consultation’, which was said to be due to disputes over the ownership of the Halayeb Triangle border area, and over the use of the water from the River Nile that passes through both territories. Talks between the foreign ministers of both countries were held in Cairo two weeks ago, followed by a meeting with both chiefs of intelligence who discussed bilateral relations and how they can cooperate on a number of regional issues.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/02/25/Sudan-s-ambassador-to-Egypt-to-return-to-Cairo-after-being-recalled.html