Egypt

Political wrangling in the Arab Republic of Egypt between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and national opposition parties claimed another political casualty this week as Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky resigned after Islamist protesters called for the “cleansing” of the judiciary. In the meantime, Egypt continues to negotiate with the IMF in an effort to win a $4.8 billion loan which Cairo hopes will inject some stability into its markets and help to calm its turbulent economy. Also this week, an Egyptian government-linked newspaper said that a security sweep in the Sinai Peninsula had resulted in the dismantling of an alleged Israeli spy ring in this porous area. (April 21, 2013 BBC News; April 21, 2013 Chicago Tribune; April 21, 2013 Gulf News)