Merkel 'pushes for $1.9B patrol boat deal with Saudi Arabia'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition government is reported to be pushing hard to nail down a $1.9 billion contract with Saudi Arabia for 100 patrol boats expected to be built by the Lurssen shipyard of Bremen.

Family seeks release of Egyptian terrorist

CAIRO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The family of an Egyptian sheik in prison for the 1993 World Trade Center attacks said Egypt should offer to release U.S. workers in exchange for his release.

Report: Palestinian state within two years

CAIRO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The United States is asking Israel to formally commit to establishing an independent Palestinian state within two years, Egyptian media reported Monday.

Report alleges smuggling tunnels in Gaza

GAZA, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Nearly 1,200 tunnels are in operation on the border of the Gaza Strip and Egypt to facilitate smuggling, an Egyptian state newspaper reports.

Rescuers seek Egypt ferry crash victims

CAIRO, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Frantic attempts were underway Saturday to save ferry passengers dumped into the Nile River in an Egypt ferry boat collision, state media reported.

Egypt mulls toughening Hezbollah stance

CAIRO, April 15 (UPI) -- The Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah may no longer be welcome in Egypt after Cairo completes a terrorism probe against it, sources say.

Report: Israel offers to end Gaza blockade

CAIRO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Israel is willing to open Gaza border crossings and free 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a kidnapped soldier, Egyptian media reported.

Hamas reportedly working on drones

CAIRO, April 26 (UPI) -- Members of the Muslim Brotherhood questioned by Egyptian intelligence have said Hamas is trying to make drones to carry bombs, an Egyptian newspaper reported.

Israeli officials rejected Hamas proposals

GAZA, March 5 (UPI) -- Hamas officials outlined a multi-point proposal to reach a comprehensive agreement with Israel that Jerusalem rejected on general principle, al-Ahram reported.

New blood expected in Egypt official press

CAIRO, July 4 (UPI) -- An overall reshuffling of administration and editorial councils is expected to take place Monday in government-owned publications, officials said.

Report: Egypt-Israel relations worsening

CAIRO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Disagreements over the Israeli and Palestinian situation has led to worsening relations between Egypt and Israel, Voice of America reported Thursday.
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