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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

US to Suspend Aid to Egypt

The Obama administration intends to halt some military aid to Egypt, according to officials. CNN reports that the decision will delay the delivery of military hardware, including tanks, helicopters and fighter jets. In August, the administration announced that it would review its aid to Egypt after attacks on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi left over a thousand dead. The US is scheduled to contribute $1.55 billion to Egypt in 2014 – $1.3 billion of that amount is military assistance.

 8 of Africa’s 55 Billionaires are Egyptian

Africa now has 55 billionaires, surpassing Latin America’s 51, according to pan African magazine Ventures. Nigerian manufacturer Aliko Dangote topped the list of Africa’s richest citizens at a reported net worth of $20.2 billion, and Africa’s richest woman, oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija is worth $7.3 billion.  Only three women made it to the billionaire list, and the median age of the richest people on the continent is 65 years old.

Date Set for Trial of Former President Mohamed Morsi

Only weeks after Muslim Brotherhood activities were declared illegal in Egypt, Reuters reports that an Egyptian court has set November 4 as the date for the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The former president is being detained with other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood on charges of “inciting the killing and torture of protesters in front of the Etihadeya (presidential) palace,” according to Egyptian judge Nabil Saleeb. Morsi’s lawyer, Mostafa Atteyah, has called the case “fabricated.”

Cairo Too Dangerous for World Cup Qualifying Match?

Ghana’s football team filed a complaint with FIFA requesting their scheduled match with Egypt be moved outside the country.  According to their website, their request is based “on the alarming and fast deteriorating security situation in Egypt.” Egypt has witnessed violent events erupt at football matches in the past: in 2012, 74 people were killed in a soccer riot. FIFA stated that it will monitor the security situation in Egypt before it makes its decision. The match is scheduled for November 19, General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s birthday.

Empty Military Intelligence Building Bombed in Rafah

A military intelligence building in the Sinai town of Rafah that has been vacant since July was bombed today, according to a security official. The city of Rafah borders the Palestinian Gaza Strip and is in the North Sinai Peninsula – an area hit hard by clashes between the military and insurgents in recent months. The blast comes only days after 57 were killed in confrontations between security forces and protesters throughout Egypt. The Egyptian military continue to pour resources into the region in its effort to win its stated “war on terror.”

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