Egypt calls for aid

EGYPT - Egypt is to ask international donors for financial support of $2.5bn to help it plug the gap in the country's accounts.

Income from tourism and shipping income has fallen dramatically in the wake of the 11 September attacks, and in the light of the global economic slowdown.

Egypt and the World Bank are co-chairing a donors' conference in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

They hope the 40 donors, which include the US and countries from the European Union, will offer assistance in soft loa