Chronology: Egypt

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May 19: Egypt recovered a statue of an ancient pharaoh from the Netherlands, which was stolen 15 years ago from a warehouse in the south of Egypt. The statue of King Amenhotep III was taken to the Egyptian Museum. [BBC, 5/19]

June 12: Egyptian police arrested Salah Hashem, the founding member of Egypt's al-Gamaa Islamiya (the Islamic Group). The Islamic Group was suspected of leading the 1997 massacre of 58 foreign tourists in Luxor, a city in southern Egypt. [BBC, 6/ 12]

July 2: President Husni Mubarak met with US House of Representatives Member Robert Wexler and his delegation in Cairo to discuss US President Bush's speech regarding a Palestinian state. [AN, 7/2]

The US offered Egypt $202 million including $150 million to assist Cairo in tackling money laundering and building new privatization programs. [AN, 7/2]

July 5: The Egyptian Christian Coptic Church dismissed 13 clerics, including a deacon and several nuns, accused of extremism and heresy. The Church described the clerics as members of a heretical group who had claimed to be the true leaders of the Copts and in direct contact with the Holy Spirit. [BBC, 7/5]

July 7: The chief of Egypt's intelligence service, General `Umar Sulayman, held a series of talks with several Israeli and Palestinian leaders, namely Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, concerning the developments in the Arab-Israeli conflict. …