Egyptian official to mediate Israel-Hamas deal

Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman was expected to go to Gaza on Friday to discuss an Egyptian compromise that would allow the release of kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit. He was also scheduled to meet with Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal, Army Radio reported. Earlier, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reportedly demanded that Mashaal be expelled from Syria unless he agreed to the compromise that Egypt drafted.