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Egyptian Interior Minister Survives Car Bombing

REUTERS, AHRAMONLINE (EGYPT)

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CAIRO – A car bomb attack that appeared to target Egypt's interior minister Thursday left at least two people dead, officials told the Egyptian website Ahramonline.

Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survived the attack, in which police killed two of the assailants, according to Reuters, quoting security officials. At least 10 people had been injured in the blast, which the government is considering an assassination attempt.

The State-run Al-Ahram paper said the explosion took place near the Minister's residence in Nasr City district.

No information was given on who was involved, though Egyptian news sources noted that Nasr City is a stronghold of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group that was pushed out of power in July by the current military-led government.

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For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

Turkey's objections to Swedish membership of NATO may mean that Finland joins first. And as he approaches an election at home, Turkish President Erdogan is playing the game to his advantage.

For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

January 11, 2023, Ankara (Turkey): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the International Conference of the Board of Grievances on January 11.

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Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — This story has all the key elements of our age: the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the excessive ambitions of an autocrat, the opportunism of a right-wing demagogue, Islamophobia... And at the end, a country, Sweden, whose NATO membership, which should have been only a formality, has been blocked.

Last spring, under the shock of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, Sweden and Finland, two neutral countries in northern Europe, decided to apply for membership in NATO. For Sweden, this is a major turning point: the kingdom’s neutrality had lasted more than 150 years.

Turkey's President Erdogan raised objections. It demanded that Sweden stop sheltering Kurdish opponents in its country. This has nothing to do with NATO or Ukraine, but everything to do with Erdogan's electoral agenda, as he campaigns for the Turkish presidential elections next May.

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