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Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian policeman and a militant were killed when security forces raided a hideout used b…

  • Egypt FM heads to US as helicopter delivery approved
    Egypt FM heads to US as helicopter delivery approved 1 hour 54 minutes ago

    Egypt's foreign minister Nabil Fahmy was travelling to the United States on Wednesday, his ministry said, a day after Washington decided to provide Cairo with 10 Apache military helicopters. More »

  • Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
    Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. More »

  • Family of Jazeera journalist urges Egypt to free him
    Family of Jazeera journalist urges Egypt to free him 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    The family of an Al-Jazeera reporter detained in Egypt since August and on hunger strike since January 21 said on Wednesday his health is deteriorating and called for his release. More »

  • US Military Aid to Egypt Resumes Starting With Apache Deal
    US Military Aid to Egypt Resumes Starting With Apache Deal 3 hours ago

    The White House has cleared the way for some military aid to resume flowing to Egypt after it certified that the Arabic country has been upholding its end of a peace treaty with Israel. The decision allows Egypt to receive Apache helicopters, according to a congressional aide quoted by AFP who requested anonymity. The deal has been on hold since the country's former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July last summer. "Today, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabid Fahmy to inform him that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States, including by countering transnational threats such as terrorism and weapons proliferation, and that Egypt is upholding its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement. More »

  • Egypt Tastes Austerity With Gas Price Hike in May
    Egypt Tastes Austerity With Gas Price Hike in May 4 hours ago

    Egypt will double the price it charges homes and businesses for natural gas next month, as the interim government looks to slash its huge subsidy bill. A government decree issued this week said a new price of 0.40 Egyptian pounds ($0.06, £0.035, €0.04) per cubic metre would be charged for residential and commercial users of less than 25 cubic metres of gas per month. According to the Oil Ministry's website, the current price for residents is set at half that rate, while Egyptian state newspaper Al Ahram reported the current price at 0.10 Egyptian pounds per cubic metre. Successive administrations have pledged to reduce energy subsidies but nobody has actually gone ahead with the reforms that could open access to more international lending. More »

  • Bombing in Cairo kills senior Egypt police officer 9 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb. More »

  • Paying for giant Nile dam itself, Ethiopia thwarts Egypt but takes risks
    Paying for giant Nile dam itself, Ethiopia thwarts Egypt but takes risks 10 hours ago

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub. By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. But the decision to fund the huge project itself also carries the risk of stifling private sector investment and restricting economic growth, and may jeopardise Ethiopia's dream of becoming a middle income country by 2025. The dam is now a quarter built and Ethiopia says it will start producing its first 750 megawatts of electricity by the end of this year. More »

  • Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage
    Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage 11 hours ago

    By Stephen Kalin and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was an even more remarkable coincidence: the fragment was part of the very same artefact - a unique 6th century B.C. statue hewn from pale green stone - that Perdu had received special permission to study in Cairo in 1989. "What I had between my hands in Brussels was the object that I had studied in the Cairo museum in 1989." Thanks to his chance encounter, the piece excavated in 1858 has found its way back to Egypt. It is now back in Cairo, where conservation experts have reunited it with the rest of the statue. More »

  • US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt
    US to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt 12 hours ago

    Resumption of aid suspended last year will help "counter-terrorism" operations in Sinai Peninsula, Pentagon says. More »

  • US lifts freeze, will deliver Apache choppers to Egypt
    US lifts freeze, will deliver Apache choppers to Egypt 13 hours ago

    The United States will lift a suspension on the delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt after concluding Cairo has upheld its peace treaty with Israel, US officials said. More »

  • State Dept. says Egypt cleared for US military aid 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. More »

  • US clears Egypt for some military assistance 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. More »

  • State Department clears Egypt for US military aid 18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. More »

  • AP source: Egypt cleared for some US military aid 18 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance, The Associated Press has learned. More »

  • Egypt to pay some $1 billion owed oil firms within two months - minister
    Egypt to pay some $1 billion owed oil firms within two months - minister 19 hours ago

    Egypt will pay about $1 billion (594.2 million pounds) of the money it owes to foreign oil companies within the next two months, the state's MENA news agency said, quoting Oil Minister Sherif Ismail. Egypt says it owes some $6.3 billion to those companies. The country has previously said it would repay a further $3 billion in monthly instalments until 2017 as an incentive to encourage foreign oil companies to increase exploration and production. Egypt has been struggling to meet soaring energy bills caused by high subsidies on fuel products for its 85 million people, most of whom are poor and uneducated. More »

  • Egypt court hears new evidence in Jazeera trial
    Egypt court hears new evidence in Jazeera trial 23 hours ago

    An Egyptian court heard new prosecution evidence, including audio tapes, Tuesday in the trial of Al-Jazeera journalists accused of links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, but defence lawyers complained they were inaudible. More »

  • Egypt detains well-known belly dancer Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have detained a belly dancer who rose to fame for her videos spoofing Islamists and other politicians over allegations that she is running an unlicensed satellite station. More »

  • Egypt to 'escalate' Ethiopian dam dispute
    Egypt to 'escalate' Ethiopian dam dispute Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    While construction of Africa's largest hydroelectric dam continues apace, downstream neighbour Egypt is crying foul. More »

  • Egypt vote a two-man race between ex-army chief, leftist
    Egypt vote a two-man race between ex-army chief, leftist Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Egypt's presidential election has turned into a contest between the ex-army chief lauded by millions for ousting an Islamist government and a leftist who claims to represent the ideals of the 2011 uprising. More »

  • Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president
    Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted their papers to run in next month's polls. More »

  • Egypt jails 30 Morsi backers for rioting
    Egypt jails 30 Morsi backers for rioting Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    An Egyptian court sentenced on Sunday 30 people to more than three years in prison for violent protests in support of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial officials said. More »

  • The Godot of Egypt
    The Godot of Egypt Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    After years of turmoil, many Egyptians view Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a saviour - but miracles are unlikely, experts warn. More »

  • Egypt gunmen kill police captain near Cairo Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed an Egyptian police captain and a conscript on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said. More »

  • Egypt gunmen kill intelligence officer near Cairo Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a captain from the intelligence services and a policeman on a desert road outside Cairo. More »

  • Deaths in latest attack on Egypt's police
    Deaths in latest attack on Egypt's police Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Two police killed by gunmen while patrolling road between Cairo and Suez, in latest assault on security forces. More »

  • Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat
    Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown. More »

  • Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter
    Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. More »

  • Egypt Brotherhood leader jailed for prosecutor insult
    Egypt Brotherhood leader jailed for prosecutor insult Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced an Islamist leader on trial for murder alongside deposed president Mohamed Morsi to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said. More »

  • Egypt's TV satirist off air until after elections
    Egypt's TV satirist off air until after elections Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi-owned satellite television network says Egypt's top satirist will be off the air until after the upcoming May presidential election to avoid influencing voters. More »

  • Egypt satirist Youssef goes off air to avoid influencing voters
    Egypt satirist Youssef goes off air to avoid influencing voters Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef will stay off the air until after next month's presidential election to avoid influencing voters, his television network said on Saturday. More »

  • Top Egypt censor quits after 'adults only' film pulled
    Top Egypt censor quits after 'adults only' film pulled Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned in protest at a decision to pull Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe's latest movie, which has been criticised for scenes deemed sexually provocative. More »

  • Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens and a bronze inkwell. More »

  • Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians. More »

  • The Pyramids of Giza at sunset - Cairo, Egypt by M. Khatib
  • Old Cairo from Ibn Tulun Mosque - Egypt by M. Khatib