MILAN-- Silvio Berlusconi made a rare court appearance Friday to deny some of the more salacious accusations at the center of a sex scandal in Italy that has muddied his reputation. Berlusconi's declaration was spontaneous, a practice that Italy allows defendants and which does not have the weight of testimony.
GENEVA-- Switzerland has blocked almost 1 billion Swiss francs linked to rulers in four Arab Spring nations, a senior government official said Tuesday.
CAIRO, Oct 12- Egypt has no foreign military bases on its soil and has no plans to downsize its armed forces, said the military spokesman, rejecting media reports claiming so.
Conservative lending rules and red tape have long been blamed for holding back development of the mortgage sector in Egypt. Mortgage lending is equivalent to less than half a percent of gross domestic product in Egypt, compared to 13 percent in Morocco, according to a 2011 report on Africa housing by FinMark Trust, a body mainly funded by British government aid.
CAIRO, Oct 10- Egyptian stocks seem unlikely to resume this year's world-beating rally until the government shows how and when it will begin cutting fuel subsidies to rein in the budget deficit and secure a $4.8 billion IMF loan. A surge of more than 50 percent in Egypt's main share index.
*Egypt's Grand Mufti denounces edicts. *Muslim Brotherhood under pressure to take a clearer line By Shaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh. Egypt's media, once tightly controlled by the state, has become a free-for-all platform for ideas, theories and advice, which can range from the ignorant to the bizarre and to what some see as outright dangerous.
By Shaimaa Fayed and Asma Alsharif. CAIRO, Oct 10- Business leaders voiced frustration with Egypt's government at an investment conference in Cairo this week, where officials pledged to revive an economy battered by political turmoil but offered few details on policy.
CAIRO, Oct 9- Egypt has settled a row with a Dubai- based developer over a land contract reached when Hosni Mubarak was in power, a minister said on Tuesday, a deal that could help remove uncertainties that have depressed interest in the once-booming property market.
CAIRO, Oct 9- Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital plans to invest $4 billion or more in Egypt over the next three years and has an eye on infrastructure and energy-related projects, its chairman said on Tuesday.
But the speech in many ways was also as much about style as it was about substance, and the 61- year-old Morsi, the first freely elected president in Egypt's history, used his address to project the image of an energetic leader in touch with the needs of the people.
CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said an IMF team would come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume talks on a loan sought by his government, which was still working on the major issue of how to reduce fuel subsidies.
CAIRO, Oct 3- A trickle of foreign donor aid looks like Egypt's best hope of averting a balance of payments crisis for now because many of the investors who fled the country last year are loath to return until the government seals a loan from the IMF.
CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said on Wednesday that an IMF team would come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume negotiations on a loan sought by Egypt and that his government was still working on the key issue of how to reduce fuel subsidies.
CAIRO, Oct 1- A $1 billion loan that Turkey has agreed to extend to Egypt will carry an interest rate of less than 0.6 percent and be repaid in five years with a three-year grace period, the Egyptian state news agency MENA said on Monday.
CAIRO, Oct 1- A $1 billion loan that Turkey has agreed to extend to Egypt will carry an interest rate of less than 6 percent and be repaid in five years with a three-year grace period, the Egyptian state news agency MENA said on Monday.
CAIRO, Oct 1- Egypt's negotiations for a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF have been delayed to give the government more time to draw up its economic reform programme, the two sides said on Monday. Egypt was due to receive a team from the International Monetary Fund at the end of September to discuss the terms of the loan.
By Dinesh Nair and Patrick Werr DUBAI/ CAIRO, Oct 1- Dubai's Emirates NBD. and Morocco's Attijariwafabank have bid for BNP Paribas' Egyptian retail arm, four banking sources said, as regional banks look to pick up assets being shed by European lenders.
CAIRO-- The owner of a TV station on trial for incitement following his call for the killing of Egypt's Islamist president has been released after being briefly detained over allegations of theft of electrical power and bounced checks, security officials said on Monday.
CAIRO, Oct 1- The IMF has delayed sending a team to Cairo to negotiate a $4.8 billion loan while the Egyptian government works to complete its economic reform programme, a newspaper quoted the country's Finance Minister as saying. Egypt was due to receive a team from the International Monetary Fund at the end of September to discuss the terms of the loan.
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