Latest Egypt news

  • Egypt extends for six months military mandate in Gulf, Red Sea 4 hours ago

    The Egyptian government extended by six months the deployment of "some elements of the armed forces" outside Egypt's borders to defend national and Arab security in the Gulf, Red Sea and the Strait of Mandeb, state news agency MENA said on Saturday. Egypt is part of a Saudi-led coalition that has been targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Egypt authorised a 40-day mandate on March 26, and extended it for three months in May 3 before extending it again on Saturday following the national defense council's approval. More »

  • Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
    Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour 4 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Egypt on Saturday to relaunch a strategic partnership with Washington's longtime ally, at the start of a regional mini-tour, a correspondent said. More »

  • Kerry to discuss Iran nuclear deal with Egypt and Qatar
    Kerry to discuss Iran nuclear deal with Egypt and Qatar 8 hours ago

    US secretary of state to attempt to reassure two nations over agreement with Iran during trip to region, officials say. More »

  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda
    Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. More »

  • Saudi Arabia and Egypt sign 'Cairo Declaration'
    Saudi Arabia and Egypt sign 'Cairo Declaration' Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Regional powers sign pact to boost economic and military ties, and pledge to work together to create joint Arab force. More »

  • Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera retrial verdict
    Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera retrial verdict Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    An Egyptian court postponed Thursday its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood, in a case that has sparked a global outcry. More »

  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. More »

  • Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
    Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact in Cairo Thursday aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies. More »

  • US delivering 8 newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The United States Embassy in Cairo says the U.S. is delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of an ongoing military support package. More »

  • US to deliver F-16 aircraft to Egypt
    US to deliver F-16 aircraft to Egypt Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Washington to deliver eight aircraft to Egypt within the next two days, US embassy in Cairo says in a statement. More »

  • US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit: embassy
    US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit: embassy Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The United States began Thursday delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, according to its embassy in Cairo, the first since Washington fully lifted in March a freeze on arms delivery. More »

  • Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial
    Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A Cairo court on Thursday postponed the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week, in a blow to the defendants and human rights activists who had expected a resolution ... More »

  • Egypt says 'new Suez Canal' ready for business
    Egypt says 'new Suez Canal' ready for business Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    A boat crosses the new waterway at the new Suez Canal in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, July 29, 2015 More »

  • Egypt says finishes work on New Suez Canal
    Egypt says finishes work on New Suez Canal Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Eric Knecht ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said on Wednesday, a project President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major chance to stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment. The Suez Canal is a vital source of hard currency for Egypt, particularly since the 2011 uprising that scared off tourists and foreign investment. "We have finished work on time and even before the specified time," retired Admiral Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said at a news conference. More »

  • Egypt defends Syria's territorial unity after Turkey moves against IS Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Egypt said that Syria's territorial integrity must be preserved - an apparent sign of its disapproval of Turkey's intervention against militants in Iraq and Syria. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Cairo supported combating what it called terrorist groups in Syria. Turkey last week began bombarding targets in Syria linked to the Islamic State jihadist movement and granted access to its air bases to a U.S. led-coalition -- ending a policy which avoided direct intervention in the Syria conflict. More »

  • Overnight shooting at Niger Embassy in Egypt kills 1 Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities say gunmen opened fire overnight outside of the Niger Embassy, killing a police conscript and wounding three. More »

  • Gunmen in Egypt kill guard outside Niger embassy Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen shot dead a security guard outside the embassy of Niger in Cairo early on Wednesday morning, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement. Gunmen in a car opened fire on guards outside the embassy of the Western African republic at around 1:00 a.m., the ministry said. Security services were searching for the perpetrators, it added. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Giza, which is part of the greater Cairo metro area. ... More »

  • Factory fire kills workers in Egypt's capital
    Factory fire kills workers in Egypt's capital Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Official says gas-cylinder explosion sparked blaze at furniture factory on Cairo's outskirts which left 25 dead. More »

  • Fire at furniture factory in Egypt kills 25 people
    Fire at furniture factory in Egypt kills 25 people Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A fire that erupted at a furniture factory east of Cairo on Tuesday killed 25 people and injured 22, Egypt's Health Ministry said. More »

  • Fire at Egypt furniture factory kills 25 - health ministry Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A fire at a furniture factory outside Cairo killed 25 people on Tuesday, the spokesman for Egypt's health ministry said. Another 22 people were injured by the fire in El Obour, an industrial city about 35 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of Cairo, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. A separate fire at a food market in Egypt's second city of Alexandria left 11 people injured on Tuesday, a health ministry official in the city said. More »

  • Egypt security forces kill 2 alleged militants in shootout Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says security forces have killed two members of a militant group that had carried out several attacks on security forces in a shootout in Cairo's Giza district. More »

  • Egypt police kill two suspected jihadists in Cairo raid
    Egypt police kill two suspected jihadists in Cairo raid Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Egyptian police killed two alleged jihadists suspected of involvement in the recent bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo in a raid Monday on an apartment in the capital, security officials said. More »

  • Egypt prolongs Sinai emergency rule, bomb wounds 18
    Egypt prolongs Sinai emergency rule, bomb wounds 18 Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Egypt extended a state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula for three months, as a roadside bomb attack claimed by Islamic State jihadists wounded 18 policemen Sunday in the insurgency-wracked region. More »

  • Officials: Roadside bomb wounds 18 Egypt police conscripts Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bombing in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula wounded 18 police conscripts Sunday, security officials said. More »

  • Egypt Nile boat crash death toll rises to 36
    Egypt Nile boat crash death toll rises to 36 Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Rescuers recovered seven more bodies from the Nile after a party boat collided with a cargo ship earlier this week, raising the death toll to 36, Egyptian officials said Sunday. More »

  • Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai by three months Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Egypt said on Saturday it had extended by three months a state of emergency imposed on parts of Northern Sinai in October after Islamist militants stepped up attacks in the peninsula bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. Insurgents have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in Sinai since mid-2013, lashing out after then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests against his rule. Sisi went on to be elected president last year and says militancy poses an existential threat to Egypt, the most populous Arab country. More »

  • Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 35
    Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 35 Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Search parties retrieved four more bodies from the Nile River from a boat collision earlier this week, bringing the death toll to 35 people killed, Egypt's Health Ministry said. More »

  • France in talks with Egypt for new corvette sale: diplomat
    France in talks with Egypt for new corvette sale: diplomat Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    French DCNS designed offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Gowind corvette "L'Adroit" lies at anchor in the harbour of the French western town of Lorient, on June 17, 2011 More »

  • Egypt completes first trial run of 'new Suez canal'
    Egypt completes first trial run of 'new Suez canal' Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Egypt on Saturday completed the first trial run of its "new Suez canal", officials said, ahead of the formal inauguration of the shipping route next month. More »

  • Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal in first test-run Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal on Saturday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal. The new waterway, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will help expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia and give a boost to Egypt's economy, will be formally inaugurated on Aug. 6. Sisi wants the canal to become a symbol of national pride and to help combat Egypt's double-digit unemployment. More »

  • Croatian man kidnapped in Egypt; said to be energy worker Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian man has been kidnapped in Egypt by an unidentified armed group, Croatia's foreign ministry said Friday. More »

  • Croatian citizen kidnapped in Egypt by armed men Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A group of armed men abducted a Croatian citizen in Egypt on Wednesday, Croatia's foreign ministry reported on Friday. It said the man, identified only as 31-year-old T.S., was stopped in the Cairo area on Wednesday morning while travelling to work for a French company. It did not disclose the name of the company, but news portal Index.hr reported that the company was CGG (General Geoscience), which specialises in oil and gas geology. More »

  • Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 31 Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian search teams have retrieved 13 more bodies from this week's boat collision on the Nile River, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 31, the health ministry said Friday. More »

  • Correction: Egypt story
    Correction: Egypt story Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — In a story July 22 about an audiotape by an Egyptian militant, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the June 29 killing of the top prosecutor was the first successful assassination in Egypt since the 1981 killing of President Anwar Sadat. Militants assassinated Egypt's parliament speaker in 1990. More »

  • Egypt Nile boat accident death toll rises to 29
    Egypt Nile boat accident death toll rises to 29 Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    At least 29 people drowned when their party boat collided with a cargo ship on the Nile, the Egyptian health ministry said on Friday. More »