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  • Egypt billionare offers to buy Med island for refugees
    Egypt billionare offers to buy Med island for refugees Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts. More »

  • Special Report - In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'
    Special Report - In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect' Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    By Stephen Kalin DAMIETTA, Egypt (Reuters) - Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammad al-Falahgi was arrested on terror charges in 2013 and held in prison, but never convicted. Egyptian and international human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, say cases like Falahgi's amount to a little-noticed abuse of human rights under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Human Rights Watch says Egypt is obliged under international law to give detainees the same health care that is available to ordinary citizens. More »

  • UN rapporteur raps Egypt over Al Jazeera English case Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    A top U.N. official has criticized the prison sentences given to three Al Jazeera English journalists in a court in Egypt and is calling for their immediate release. The United Nations office in Geneva ... More »

  • Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves
    Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields. More »

  • Egypt building fish farms to stop smuggling in Gaza tunnels
    Egypt building fish farms to stop smuggling in Gaza tunnels Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Egypt is setting up military-run fish farms in order stamp out militant and smuggling activities in the Gaza underground tunnels. The Egyptian military is said to have begun digging activity near its border with the Gaza Strip as part of the project. According to the Associated Press, at least 18 fish farms would be built along the 14km Egypt-Gaza border to raise mullet and shrimp. More »

  • Massive gas find promises to ease Egypt's fuel crisis
    Massive gas find promises to ease Egypt's fuel crisis Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The discovery of a huge gas field off Egypt's coast promises to ease a long-running fuel crisis and boost the economy after years of unrest, but it will take years to develop and won't bring Gulf-style ... More »

  • Massive gas find a boon for Egypt, salve for energy crisis
    Massive gas find a boon for Egypt, salve for energy crisis Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The discovery of a huge natural gas field off the Egyptian coast is a major boon for the country that will help alleviate energy shortages and boost the economy, experts said Monday. The new "supergiant" ... More »

  • Alleged Facebook mention in prayer call sparks Egypt outcry Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians in a Nile Delta province were outraged on Sunday after a cleric allegedly changed a line in the traditional Islamic call to prayer to mention Facebook. More »

  • Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call'
    Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call' Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    An Egyptian muezzin has been suspended by the authorities after being accused of intoning "Prayer is better than Facebook" in his early morning call for people to pray. More »

  • Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
    Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border. More »

  • Egypt summons UK ambassador amid tension over jailing of Al-Jazeera journal …
    Egypt summons UK ambassador amid tension over jailing of Al-Jazeera journal … Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Egypt's foreign ministry has called in the British ambassador to Cairo amid diplomatic tension over the jailing of three Al-Jazeera English journalists for three years' each for reporting "false news". More »

  • Italy's Eni finds 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt
    Italy's Eni finds 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. ... More »

  • 'Supergiant' gas field discovered off coast of Egypt
    'Supergiant' gas field discovered off coast of Egypt Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    "Largest ever" offshore natural gas field in Mediterranean discovered in Egypt's territorial waters, Italy's Eni says. More »

  • 'Largest ever' Med gas field found off Egypt
    'Largest ever' Med gas field found off Egypt Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The so-called Zohr project is "the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea," ENI said in a statement More »

  • Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments
    Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news." More »

  • Egypt announces elections for October and November
    Egypt announces elections for October and November Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Two-stage voting process to be held to elect parliament, without which the country has operated since June 2012. More »

  • Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November
    Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Sunday announced that long-awaited parliamentary elections will take place in October and November, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent. More »

  • Delayed Egypt elections to start on October 17
    Delayed Egypt elections to start on October 17 Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Egypt's much delayed legislative elections, the first since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted his Islamist predecessor and cracked down on the opposition, will be contested between October and December. More »

  • Egypt sets October election date, after three years without parliament
    Egypt sets October election date, after three years without parliament Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression. Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, dominated by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The election had been due to begin in March but was delayed after a court ruled part of the election law unconstitutional. More »

  • 'Largest ever' Med gas field found off Egypt: Eni
    'Largest ever' Med gas field found off Egypt: Eni Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The so-called Zohr project is "the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea," ENI said in a statement More »

  • Egypt announces two-stage parliamentary elections for October, November Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Egypt announces two-stage parliamentary elections for October, November. More »

  • Italian oil firm Eni finds one of 'world's largest natural gas fields' …
    Italian oil firm Eni finds one of 'world's largest natural gas fields' … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Italian energy company Eni has found one of the world's largest natural-gas fields off the Egyptian coast, it said on Sunday. The discovery could provide Egypt with the gas it requires for decades. The Zohr field, which Eni described as "supergiant", covers 60 square miles (100km sq) and was 1,450m (4,757ft) below ground level. More »

  • Egypt summons British envoy over criticism of Jazeera trial
    Egypt summons British envoy over criticism of Jazeera trial Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Egypt's foreign ministry on Sunday summoned the British ambassador over his criticism of prison sentences handed to three journalists from Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera. More »

  • Eni says it's found 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The Italian energy company Eni says it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt.  A company statement on Sunday is calling it the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean ... More »

  • Italian energy giant Eni says it's found the largest-ever gas field in Mediterranean … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Italian energy giant Eni says it's found the largest-ever gas field in Mediterranean off Egypt. More »

  • Egypt summons UK ambassador over criticism of Al Jazeera trial
    Egypt summons UK ambassador over criticism of Al Jazeera trial Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    By Omar Fahmy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt summoned the British ambassador to reject as "unacceptable interference" comments he made on an Egyptian court's decision to hand down prison sentences for three Al Jazeera journalists, state media said on Sunday. After the court on Saturday sentenced the journalists to three years imprisonment for operating without a licence, British Ambassador John Casson said he was shocked and concerned in the wake of the decision. The case has stoked an international outcry and raised questions over Egypt's stated commitment to democracy nearly five years after an uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. More »

  • Egypt summons British ambassador after his comments on Al-Jazeera arrests
    Egypt summons British ambassador after his comments on Al-Jazeera arrests Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Egypt has summoned British ambassador to Cairo John Casson following his comments on the sentencing of three Al- Jazeera journalists for supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were sentenced to three years in jail by an Egyptian court yesterday. Casson earlier condemned the move, along with scores of the others saying Egypt's stability should not be built on a "shaky foundation which deprives people of their rights and undermines the freedom of the press and freedom of expression". More »

  • Greste calls for Sisi pardon after Egypt jails Al-Jazeera journalists
    Greste calls for Sisi pardon after Egypt jails Al-Jazeera journalists Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste called Sunday for Egypt's president to pardon him and two colleagues handed prison sentences in a shock ruling that sparked international condemnation and which he described as "politically motivated". More »

  • Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison
    Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency. More »

  • Egypt court jails Al Jazeera journalists after retrial
    Egypt court jails Al Jazeera journalists after retrial Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy sentenced to three years in prison while Peter Greste is sentenced in absentia. More »

  • Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in jail
    Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in jail Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison on Saturday, in a shock ruling that sparked international condemnation. More »

  • Egypt hands Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy three years in jail Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Three journalists accused of terrorism-related charges in Egypt, including Egyptian-born Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, were today sentenced to three years in prison, to the dismay of their families and lawyers who were hopeful the trio would be released after an almost two-year ordeal. “The sentence is clearly outrageous and it's almost impossible to describe how absurd the verdict is,” says Gary Caroline, Mr. Fahmy’s lawyer in Canada. Fahmy, along with colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, were working for Al Jazeera when they were arrested in 2013 on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government considers a terrorist organization. More »

  • Egypt oil spill covers nearly a mile of Nile River Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency MENA says a pipeline at a southern power plant has burst, covering a kilometer and half (almost a mile) of the Nile River with fuel oil. More »

  • Countries condemn Egypt's new sentences for Jazeera reporters
    Countries condemn Egypt's new sentences for Jazeera reporters Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Numerous western countries voiced their disapproval Saturday of an Egyptian court's prison sentences handed down to three Al-Jazeera reporters who they have long asked to be released. More »

  • World 'shocked' as Egypt court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 …
    World 'shocked' as Egypt court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists to prison has shocked the international community. Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were all found guilty of "spreading false news" and of aiding a "terrorist group" after a retrial and sentenced to three years in prison. The three journalists were accused of producing reports for Al-Jazeera which were promoting the Muslim Brotherhood. More »