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  • Egypt jails policeman for sexual assault on mentally ill girl
    Egypt jails policeman for sexual assault on mentally ill girl Sun, May 24, 2015

    An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced to life in jail a policeman for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old mentally handicapped girl at a Cairo police station, a judicial official said. More »

  • Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead
    Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead Sat, May 23, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court acquitted 17 people on Saturday over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year in which a young mother was shot to death in downtown Cairo. More »

  • Morsi, secular camp in dock for 'insulting' Egypt judiciary
    Morsi, secular camp in dock for 'insulting' Egypt judiciary Sat, May 23, 2015

    Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Saturday alongside several secular figures behind Egypt's 2011 uprising, underlining a crackdown on all forms of dissent. More »

  • Sudan's Islamists protest Egypt's death sentences Fri, May 22, 2015

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of Sudanese Islamists staged a demonstration in the capital, Khartoum, denouncing the recent death sentence against Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi. More »

  • Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism Fri, May 22, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive ongoing crackdown on Islamists, said on Friday that the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice." More »

  • Audio leaks 'show UAE and Egypt shipped arms to Haftar'
    Audio leaks 'show UAE and Egypt shipped arms to Haftar' Fri, May 22, 2015

    Latest leaked phone calls appear to show cooperation between the UAE and Egypt to transfer weaponry to Libyan general. More »

  • Egypt militants call for attacks on judges
    Egypt militants call for attacks on judges Thu, May 21, 2015

    Islamic State group jihadists in Egypt have called for attacks on judges in retaliation for the hanging of six convicted militants and a crackdown on Islamists. More »

  • IS affiliate in Egypt vows to attack judges over executions Thu, May 21, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to kill judges and security forces in retaliation for the execution of six suspected militants earlier this week. More »

  • Egypt's Copts praise Sisi but await more tangible support
    Egypt's Copts praise Sisi but await more tangible support Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Stephen Kalin AL-OUR, Egypt (Reuters) - When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dispatched fighter jets this year against Islamic State targets in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of 21 Copts, he sent a powerful message to his country's Christian minority. Copts have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and Sisi's actions suggested he would deliver on promises of being an inclusive president who could unite the country after years of political turmoil. Orthodox Copts, the Middle East's biggest Christian community, are a test of Sisi's commitment to tolerance, a theme he often stresses in calling for an ideological assault on Islamist militants threatening Egypt's security. More »

  • Islamic State's Egypt affiliate urges attacks on judges - recording Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Michael Georgy and Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate on Wednesday urged followers to attack judges, declaring a new front in an Islamist militant insurgency in the world's most populous Arab state. "Poison their food... surveil them at home and in the street... destroy their homes with explosives if you can." Any full-blown campaign against judges could spell trouble for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power in mid-2013 after mass protests against its rule. Sisi has only just managed to deliver a degree of stability to Egypt after years of political upheaval triggered by an uprising in 2011 that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. More »

  • Egypt swears in new justice minister accused of elitism
    Egypt swears in new justice minister accused of elitism Wed, May 20, 2015

    Egypt swore in a new justice minister Wednesday whom critics accuse of "elitism" and who is known for his anti-Islamist views, nine days after his predecessor resigned over controversial comments. More »

  • Anti-Brotherhood judge named justice minister in Egypt
    Anti-Brotherhood judge named justice minister in Egypt Wed, May 20, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday named a controversial senior judge known for his deep hostility toward the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as justice minister. More »

  • Dubai developer Emaar to float stake in its Egypt division
    Dubai developer Emaar to float stake in its Egypt division Wed, May 20, 2015

    The property developer behind the record-breaking Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai will float shares in its Egyptian subsidiary to raise cash for ongoing and future projects in the North African nation. ... More »

  • Egypt's judges new frontline in battle against militancy Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Yara Bayoumy and Haitham Ahmed CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces have grown accustomed to being targeted by Islamist militants. Militants are estimated to have killed more than 600 soldiers and police since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. A new front against judges could spell trouble for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has only just managed to deliver a degree of stability following years of upheaval in Egypt. More »

  • Egypt appoints outspoken Brotherhood critic justice minister
    Egypt appoints outspoken Brotherhood critic justice minister Wed, May 20, 2015

    By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt appointed a hardline judge and outspoken critic of the Muslim Brotherhood as justice minister on Wednesday in a move decried by a leading opposition figure as a disaster for justice in the world's most populous Arab country. Ahmed el-Zend, a former appeals court judge, has in contrast to his predecessor been publicly outspoken in his criticism of the Islamist movement removed from power in mid-2013 by the army and banned as a terrorist organisation. Liberal activist Shady el-Ghazaly Harb said the appointment was part of a trend towards empowering opponents of the 2011 uprising that ousted veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. More »

  • Surge in sexual abuse by Egypt authorities, report says
    Surge in sexual abuse by Egypt authorities, report says Tue, May 19, 2015

    Rights group says security forces increasingly using sexual violence against men, women and children with impunity. More »

  • Convicted Egypt academic denounces 'reign of terror'
    Convicted Egypt academic denounces 'reign of terror' Tue, May 19, 2015

    Egyptian authorities have unleashed a "reign of terror" against opponents of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a prominent academic who was recently sentenced to death told AFP in an interview. More »

  • Egypt using sex attacks to crush opposition: rights group
    Egypt using sex attacks to crush opposition: rights group Tue, May 19, 2015

    Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual attacks against detainees since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, using them as a "cynical political strategy" to crush opposition, a rights group charged Tuesday. More »

  • Egypt security forces step up sexual violence - human rights group
    Egypt security forces step up sexual violence - human rights group Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual violence since the military overthrew the country's first freely elected president in 2013, a human rights group alleged on Tuesday. Victims include members of NGOs, students, women and those perceived as "endangering the moral order," the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said in a report. Spokesmen for Egypt's Interior Ministry and military were not available for comment despite several attempts to reach them. More »

  • UN chief concerned at death sentence for Egypt's Morsi Mon, May 18, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is raising "serious concern" at the death sentences against ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 105 others. More »

  • Egypt death sentences worry U.S., U.N., Turkey
    Egypt death sentences worry U.S., U.N., Turkey Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States and United Nations expressed deep concern on Monday about the death sentences handed down in Egypt for President Mohamed Mursi and other Islamists, while Turkey warned of Middle East turmoil if they are carried out. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will closely monitor the appeals process for the death sentences and urged actions that would promote the rule of law. The U.S. State Department said Egypt's practice of mass trials and sentences was unjust and often used against members of the opposition or non-violent activists. More »

  • U.N. chief deeply concerned at death sentence bid for Egypt's Mursi
    U.N. chief deeply concerned at death sentence bid for Egypt's Mursi Mon, May 18, 2015

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern on Monday at an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Mursi, a spokesman for the United Nations said. "The secretary-general notes with serious concern the sentence of death issued by the Egyptian Criminal Court against former President Mohamed Mursi and 105 others," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. More »

  • Egypt's stock market soars after halt of capital gains tax
    Egypt's stock market soars after halt of capital gains tax Mon, May 18, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt suspended a capital gains tax on Monday, sending shares soaring after a months-long downturn in which investors had complained of a lack of clarity about the new taxes, with some even taking the government to court. More »

  • Egypt's stock market rises after halt of capital gains tax Mon, May 18, 2015

    Egypt's government on Monday suspended a tax imposed on the market's capital gains for two years, causing shares to rise in early trading. The positive reaction came after a months-long downturn when investors ... More »

  • Gunmen on motorbike shoot dead Egypt policeman
    Gunmen on motorbike shoot dead Egypt policeman Mon, May 18, 2015

    Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead an Egyptian policeman while two suspects in a failed bomb attack targeting a judge were killed in a shoot-out with police, officials said Monday. More »

  • Is Egypt's judiciary independent?
    Is Egypt's judiciary independent? Mon, May 18, 2015

    A series of mass death sentences has led many to question the integrity of Egyptian judges. More »

  • Q&A: Egypt death sentences 'a bargaining chip'
    Q&A: Egypt death sentences 'a bargaining chip' Mon, May 18, 2015

    Al Jazeera spoke with Professor Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 people recently sentenced to death in Egypt. More »

  • Egypt's injustice system
    Egypt's injustice system Mon, May 18, 2015

    Egypt's justice system is almost completely devoid of justice. More »

  • Egypt death sentence for Morsi, 100 others alarms US, EU
    Egypt death sentence for Morsi, 100 others alarms US, EU Mon, May 18, 2015

    The United States and Europe expressed alarm at death sentences for Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and dozens of others, a verdict experts called a declaration of "total war" on his Muslim Brotherhood. More »

  • Egypt executes 6 tried by military court as bombs wound 2 Sun, May 17, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt executed six men Sunday convicted by a military court over a gunfight last year at a suspected bomb factory, as explosives planted outside of courthouses wounded two people following the death sentence given to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. More »

  • Egypt restricts women from travelling to Turkey
    Egypt restricts women from travelling to Turkey Sun, May 17, 2015

    Move aimed at preventing women from joining ISIL comes as relations between Egypt and Turkey deteriorate. More »

  • Death sentence for freedom in Egypt
    Death sentence for freedom in Egypt Sun, May 17, 2015

    The regime seeks to take not only the lives of these defendants, but also the freedom to dissent of all its citizens. More »

  • Egypt executes six militants for attack on soldiers Sun, May 17, 2015

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has executed six members of a Sinai-based militant group with links to Islamic State for carrying out an attack on soldiers near Cairo last year, their lawyer said on Sunday. The group, Sinai Province, has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. A military court tried of members of Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Egypt hangs six convicted Islamist militants
    Egypt hangs six convicted Islamist militants Sun, May 17, 2015

    Egyptian authorities on Sunday hanged six men convicted of killing soldiers, police said, ignoring appeals to spare them amid allegations two of them had been in custody at the time of their alleged crimes. More »

  • Egypt 'hangs' six men from group affiliated with ISIL
    Egypt 'hangs' six men from group affiliated with ISIL Sun, May 17, 2015

    The men are accused of carrying out attacks in the name of a group that pledged loyalty to ISIL, police say. More »