A senior official at the Arab International Bank, which operates outside the jurisdiction of the Central Bank of Egypt, said Tuesday that the bank saw large amounts of money transferred out of the country before January 25.
This was before the CBE closed banks nationwide for a week as a result of the ongoing mass protests. The unnamed official however denied that significant transfers had taken place during the current week starting Sunday, when bank reopened.
Whither now French diplomacy? A week after Tunisian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali fled into exile, France has acknowledged being caught off guard by the protest movement that led to the ouster of an autocratic ruler it had supported for 23 years.
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Somali pirates captured a U.S.-bound tanker carrying around $200 million worth of crude oil in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday in one of the biggest hijackings in the area so far.
Among those who attended were the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s Jon Alterman, Dan Brumberg of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University and the Wall Street Journal, former George W. Bush White House Middle East and democracy advisor Elliott Abrams, Human Rights Watch’s Tom Malinowski, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Michele Dunne, and Scott Carpenter, a former State Department Middle East democracy official now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
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Anti-government protests in the Egyptian capital Cairo have spread to the country’s parliament, with access blocked by demonstrators.
Soldiers are guarding the People’s Assembly building after a 16th consecutive day of protests.
They took place despite a warning by Vice-President Omar Suleiman that demonstrations must end.
The government of Taiwan has arrested a general on accusations of spying for China in what could be the most prominent espionage case in Taiwan in decades.
The Ministry of National Defense discovered suspicious activity last year and arrested Maj. Gen. Lo Hsieh-che on Jan. 25, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s Web site late Tuesday. The statement did not give any details on what espionage activities the general might have been engaged in. He was recruited to spy for China sometime during a posting overseas between 2002 and 2005, the statement said.
The announcement came following a “Day of Anger” protest in Damascus failed to attract protesters, and is seen as a concession by authorities to avoid the unrest now gripping Egypt and Tunisia.
While officially banned, FaceBook, YouTube and other social networking sites are accessed by Syrians using international proxy servers to bypass firewalls.
“We are all using it anyway – so I don’t see what difference it makes,” said one Syrian Facebook user.
A defiant Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday that he would continue to govern Italy even as Milan prosecutors filed a request to try him on criminal charges related to prostitution and abuse of office.
Prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati announced on Wednesday that his office had enough evidence to ask a judge to waive preliminary hearings and call for an immediate trial of Mr. Berlusconi on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old and abused his office by calling the police to intervene on her behalf after she was detained for petty theft in May.
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