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Monday, November 18, 2013

National Security Adviser Assassinated

Lt. Colonel Mohammed Mabrouk, a senior security officer, was shot and killed by gunmen near his home in Nasr City yesterday. He was reportedly en route to his office at the Interior Ministry where he was in charge of monitoring Islamist groups. Mabrouk was also the top prosecution witness in a lawsuit against Mohamed Morsi, which claims that he and other Muslim Brotherhood members escaped from prison during the aftermath of the January 25 revolution. The security officer is the highest ranking victim of violence since the June 30 uprising and comes only days after the government lifted the state of emergency and curfew in Cairo.

Train Accident Kills 27

A cargo train crashed into a minibus early this morning, leaving 27 people dead and 28 wounded near a town south of Cairo. The minibus was reportedly transporting wedding guests when the vehicle tried to cross a railway crossing, which railway officials say was properly blocked off. Two watchmen have been arrested. Egypt’s railway services have been plagued by accidents, which many blame on poor governmental management. In January, 17 people were killed in an accident, and in November, 47 children died when a train crashed into a bus. The accident comes only days after trains resumed service throughout Egypt for the first time in three months.

Bassem Youssef Leaves CBC

It’s official. The production company that produces satirist Bassem Youssef’s widely popular program “El Bernameg” stated that it will break with CBC over “financial and moral damages.” CBC decided not to air Youssef’s second show of the season after  his first episode sparked outrage and criticism, saying that Youssef violated “the journalist code of ethics.” The production company has called this a “pretext.” It is not yet known if the show will continue on another channel.

France calls Nuclear Iran “Menace to the World”

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Israel on Sunday to discuss Iran’s diplomatic talks with the  P5+1 group  (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US, plus Germany) over nuclear power. France “will not tolerate nuclear proliferation,” Hollande said. He added that France will continue to impose its sanctions against Iran until “Iran has decided to give up on nuclear weapons.” Israel has been campaigning against a deal between the world’s superpowers and Tehran.

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