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  • Gaza fears isolation as Egypt calls Hamas 'terrorist' group
    Gaza fears isolation as Egypt calls Hamas 'terrorist' group 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza residents said Sunday they fear growing isolation and more hardships after an Egyptian court declared the territory's ruling Hamas a terrorist organization. Some blamed the Islamic militant Hamas while others said Egypt is being unreasonable. More »

  • Egypt parliamentary polls delayed after court ruling
    Egypt parliamentary polls delayed after court ruling 2 hours 24 minutes ago

    Egypt's electoral commission said Sunday it is preparing a new timetable for parliamentary polls, delaying the March 21 vote after a court ruled parts of the election law unconstitutional. More »

  • Egypt army: 172 Sinai militants killed in February
    Egypt army: 172 Sinai militants killed in February 3 hours ago

    Egypt's army said Sunday at least 172 militants were killed in February in joint police and military operations in the restive Sinai where security forces are battling an Islamist insurgency. More »

  • Egypt's president in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king
    Egypt's president in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king 3 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday for his first policy meeting with the country's king ahead of a conference aimed at shoring up financial support from wealthy Gulf states for Egypt's battered economy. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi meets new Saudi King to discuss Middle East crises 5 hours ago

    (This corrected version of the story fixes the nationality of Asharq al-Awsat newspaper) RIYADH (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fatteh el Sisi met Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Riyadh on Sunday for the pair's first in-depth talks on regional issues at a time of unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East. The meeting was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, as well as discussing the crises in the Middle East and addressing security in the Red Sea in light of growing political chaos in Yemen, pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday quoted Sisi as saying. Salman broke official protocol to meet Sisi at the airport, a pointed mark of favour towards the Egyptian president at a time when some Arab media have asked whether the close ties that existed between the two states under the late King Abdullah would continue. The visit is the latest in an intense flurry of diplomacy in Riyadh, and follows talks between Salman and leaders of all Saudi Arabia's Gulf Arab neighbours, as well as Jordan. More »

  • Egypt parliamentary poll looks set for delay after court ruling
    Egypt parliamentary poll looks set for delay after court ruling 5 hours ago

    By Ahmed Tolba and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's parliamentary poll looks set to be delayed after a court ruled that part of an election law was unconstitutional and the main election committee said it was working on a new timetable for the long-awaited vote. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi directed his government to make amendments to the law, which defines electoral districts, within one month. The first phase of the parliamentary poll is due to start on March 22. Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. More »

  • Egypt election committee working on 'new timetable' for parliamentary … 7 hours ago

    Egypt's Supreme Election Committee said on Sunday it was working on a "new timetable" for holding a parliamentary election. Earlier the Supreme Constitutional Court had ruled that an article related to a law defining electoral districts was unconstitutional, opening the way for a delay to the March-April parliamentary poll. "The committee is working on a defining a new timetable for the electoral measures," the committee's spokesman, Judge Omar Marwan, told Reuters. More »

  • Egypt court ruling opens way for possible poll delay
    Egypt court ruling opens way for possible poll delay 9 hours ago

    Cairo court says election-related law is unconstitutional, paving way for delaying long-awaited parliamentary elections. More »

  • Egypt brands Hamas a 'terrorist' group
    Egypt brands Hamas a 'terrorist' group Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court on Saturday branded the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist" group over its alleged links with jihadists behind deadly attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Egypt Brotherhood chief handed fourth life sentence
    Egypt Brotherhood chief handed fourth life sentence Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to life imprisonment the head of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over the killing of protesters who stormed the group's Cairo headquarters in 2013. More »

  • Egypt court sentences Brotherhood leaders to life in prison
    Egypt court sentences Brotherhood leaders to life in prison Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced five leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to life in prison on Saturday over violence at their headquarters in 2013 and issued death sentences for four others. More »

  • Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' More »

  • Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison while other members received the death penalty. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. More »

  • Hamas says Egypt listing it as terrorist organization is 'shocking and  … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said a statement from Gaza on Saturday. "The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said. More »

  • Egypt court sentences top Brotherhood leader to life Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison on Saturday while other members received the death penalty, as part of a sustained crackdown by authorities on Islamists. Egypt has jailed thousands linked to the Muslim Brotherhood since the army removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Four lower-level members of the Brotherhood were sentenced to death on Saturday for inciting violence that led to the killing of protesters demonstrating outside a Brotherhood office on June 30, 2013, days before Mursi's ouster. The death sentences are subject to appeal and many of the defendants are already serving lengthy sentences on other charges. More »

  • Jailed journalists in Egypt: Did Al Jazeera help them or use them? Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Not long after three Al Jazeera journalists were arrested here in December 2013, their Qatari television network mounted one of the largest international press freedom campaigns the world has ever seen. Given Egypt’s record of jailing journalists, the network’s campaign seemed well founded. Last June, a court sentenced the three men – Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed – to between seven and 10 years in prison on terror charges. The verdict became a diplomatic flashpoint for Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and a symbol of the country’s authoritarian tilt. More »

  • Libya warns of more air strikes with Egypt against IS
    Libya warns of more air strikes with Egypt against IS Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Libya's internationally recognised premier threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the Islamic State group in his country, warning Friday that the jihadists were poised to widen their presence there. More »

  • Qatar committed to 'stable' Egypt despite tensions: Emir
    Qatar committed to 'stable' Egypt despite tensions: Emir Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Emir of Qatar said Thursday he was committed to "stability" in Egypt, despite a recent row between the two nations over Cairo's airstrikes against IS militants in Libya. More »

  • Two Egypt police arrested over 'torture' death: media
    Two Egypt police arrested over 'torture' death: media Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Egypt's prosecution service Thursday ordered the arrest of two policemen accused of torturing and beating to death a lawyer jailed after a pro-Islamist protest, state media and lawyers said. More »

  • Egypt detains 2 police officers over lawyer's death Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained two police officers on Thursday over allegations that they had tortured a lawyer to death inside a police station, the latest in a series of recent incidents that underline alleged abuses by the country's police force. More »

  • Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others
    Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    One person was killed and five others injured, including policemen, when five bombs exploded in Cairo on 26 February. In Alwaraq, gas station worker Alaa Aly Mohamed came close to being killed by one of the bombs. Most of deadliest bomb attacks in Egypt have hit the Sinai Peninsula - a remote but strategic region bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal. More »

  • Egypt arrests three suspects in brutal dog killing
    Egypt arrests three suspects in brutal dog killing Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Egyptian police arrested on Thursday three men suspected of torturing and killing a chained dog with knives, after horrific footage of the incident sparked outrage in the country. More »

  • Egypt: 3 arrested over grisly dog killing Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday arrested three men over a grisly online video showing a group of men stabbing and bludgeoning a dog to death on a busy Cairo street. More »

  • Egypt: Series of blasts in Cairo kill 1, wound at least 7 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A series of blasts in Cairo on Thursday killed one person and wounded at least seven, Egyptian security officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks using homemade explosives that authorities blame on Islamist militants. More »

  • Q&A: Egypt's graffiti 'the unmediated voice of people'
    Q&A: Egypt's graffiti 'the unmediated voice of people' Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    There is a systematic attempt to modify history, says the co-author of a book recently banned in Cairo. More »

  • Bombs hit Egypt phone company offices
    Bombs hit Egypt phone company offices Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    One killed and three injured as explosions hit offices of cell phone companies and a restaurant in Cairo. More »

  • Four years after Egypt uprising, patronage politics dominate again
    Four years after Egypt uprising, patronage politics dominate again Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Mahmoud Mourad and Maggie Fick SADAT CITY, Egypt (Reuters) - How much is a vote worth? In Egypt's Sadat City - a sprawling, industrial centre filled with the young and unemployed - it costs the same as it did under Hosni Mubarak: blankets, sacks of fertiliser and affordable healthcare. Four years after Egypt's 2011 popular uprising that toppled Mubarak and raised hopes for an end to patronage politics, many desperate citizens will cast their vote in next month's parliamentary poll in accordance with the same old system. More »

  • Dozens of suspected militants killed in Egypt’s North Sinai- sources Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Egypt’s military killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources said on Wednesday, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region. Apache helicopter gunships killed 18 suspected militants after they destroyed four vans in North Sinai, security sources in the remote but strategic region said. Twenty were killed when the military bombed a residence, a school and a youth centre where the suspected militants were gathering near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, the sources said. More »

  • Egypt sets Morsi trial verdict for prison break May 16
    Egypt sets Morsi trial verdict for prison break May 16 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    An Egyptian court set May 16 for a verdict in the prison break trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who could be sentenced to death if convicted, an official said Wednesday. More »

  • Egypt court to rule on electoral law Sunday
    Egypt court to rule on electoral law Sunday Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Egypt's Constitutional Court said it will rule Sunday on whether the electoral law is constitutional, with polls for a new parliament next month likely to be delayed if the decision is negative. More »

  • Egypt court to determine fate of parliamentary elections
    Egypt court to determine fate of parliamentary elections Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest court said Wednesday it will determine next week whether the laws regulating the country's parliamentary elections are constitutional — a decision that could further delay the vote scheduled for next month. More »

  • Egypt soccer league to restart matches, but without fans Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have decided to allow soccer matches to resume in closed stadiums without fans following a 40-day mourning period. More »

  • Australia imposes sanctions on Egypt-based militant group Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Wednesday imposed financial sanctions on the Egypt-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. More »

  • Egypt TV host faces trial for false bathhouse accusations
    Egypt TV host faces trial for false bathhouse accusations Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An Egyptian television presenter whose undercover report from a public bathhouse landed 26 men in court for "debauchery" is herself to face trial for falsely accusing them, an official said Tuesday. More »

  • Anti-terror law grants Egypt sweeping powers
    Anti-terror law grants Egypt sweeping powers Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has granted sweeping powers to authorities to crack down on individuals or groups deemed as threats to national security, in an anti-terrorism law announced Tuesday. More »