Egypt

    Egypt began the trial this weekend of 26 men suspected of links with Lebanon's Hezbollah and who face charges that include planning attacks inside Egypt. The case has highlighted the worries of conservative Sunni states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia about the increasing influence of Shi'ite Iran and groups, like Hezbollah, seen as Tehran's proxies.Egypt's announcement in April that it had detained the men heightened tensions with the Lebanese guerrilla group, which had angered Cairo this year by accusing the Egyptian authorities of complicity with Israel in its siege of Gaza. (Reuters)

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