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  • Egypt seeks cash, prestige boost with 'new Suez Canal'
    Egypt seeks cash, prestige boost with 'new Suez Canal' 14 hours ago

    The new 72-kilometre (45-mile) waterway, built in less than a year at a cost of $9 billion (7.9 billion euros), runs part of the way alongside the existing canal connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean... More »

  • US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit
    US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring. More »

  • Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties
    Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom CAIRO (Reuters) - The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. "Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the region as a whole," said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009. "There are obviously circumstances where we have found reason to have grave concern and we have expressed it very publicly," he said at a news conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri. More »

  • Egypt president signs elections law - official gazette
    Egypt president signs elections law - official gazette Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed into law election-related legislation, the official gazette said on Sunday, opening the way to setting a date for long-delayed parliamentary polls. The election law allocates 448 seats to individual candidates and 120 seats to winner-takes-all lists with quotas for women, youth and Christians. Egypt's parliamentary poll was due in March, but was delayed after the Constitutional Court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional. More »

  • US resumes strategic dialogue with Egypt
    US resumes strategic dialogue with Egypt Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Formal security talks held after six-year gap as Kerry visits Cairo en route to the Gulf to discuss Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Egypt court again postpones verdict in Jazeera retrial
    Egypt court again postpones verdict in Jazeera retrial Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    An Egyptian court Sunday postponed for a second time its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists, rescheduling it to August 29 in a move that sparked widespread criticism. More »

  • FAQ: Al Jazeera's journalists on trial in Egypt
    FAQ: Al Jazeera's journalists on trial in Egypt Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy have vigorously denied the charges levelled by the Egyptian prosecutors. More »

  • Kerry says U.S., Egypt moving back to 'strong base' in relationship Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States and Egypt were moving back to a "strong base" in their relationship despite tensions and concerns on human rights. Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told a joint news conference with Kerry in Cairo that his country had no "major disagreements" with the United States but there were "differences in points of view over some issues, which is natural." (Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky) More »

  • Egypt FM says no journalists in jail for their work Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said on Sunday no journalists are imprisoned in Egypt because of their reporting. The comments came at a news conference following the first "strategic dialogue" between Egypt and the United States since 2009. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the coming months leading to parliamentary elections would determine whether Egypt can strike a balance between fighting terrorism and human rights. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Omar Fahmy; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and William Hardy) More »

  • Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29
    Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29 Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. More »

  • Kerry says discussed increased border cooperation on Libya with Egypt Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that he had discussed with Egyptian officials "increased border cooperation" with respect to Libya. Egypt and Libya share a long, porous border and Islamic State militants have exploited a security vacuum to gain a foothold in Libya, a North African oil producer. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Ulf Laessing) More »

  • Kerry says Iran deal will make Egypt, region, safer Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers last month would make Egypt and the region safer. "There can be absolutely no question that the Vienna plan, if implemented, will make Egypt and all the countries of this region safer than they otherwise would be," he said at a news conference on Sunday following the first "strategic dialogue" between Egypt and the United States since 2009. Kerry added that he agreed with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on the importance that upcoming parliamentary elections be "free, fair, and transparent" and that Shukri told him they would take place in the early fall. More »

  • Egypt FM says discussed human rights, democracy with Kerry Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said he discussed democracy and human rights with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday during the first strategic dialogue between the two countries since 2009. "During the dialogue we discussed our shared interest in issues relating to democracy and human rights and I affirmed Egypt's commitment to paying attention to these issues as they fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people," Shukri said at a news conference. More »

  • Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug. 29
    Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug. 29 Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed for the second time the verdict in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists who have been charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, a reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to Aug. 29. Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody. A third Al Jazeera journalist, Australian Peter Greste, was deported in February. ... More »

  • Egypt court set to deliver verdict on Al Jazeera staff
    Egypt court set to deliver verdict on Al Jazeera staff Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Cairo court expected to announce verdict in retrial of journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy, and Peter Greste. More »

  • Egypt says over half of summit promises turned into projects - planning min … Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    By Ehab Farouk CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has turned more than half of initial agreements signed at a March investor conference into investment projects, the planning minister said, as Cairo tries to regenerate an economy battered by years of turmoil. The government said it had signed deals worth $36 billion (£23.04 billion) at an international investment conference in Sharm El Sheikh, and that the total worth of deals and memorandums of understanding (MoU) signed was $60 billion, in addition to $12.5 billion pledged by Gulf Arab allies. "Over 50 percent of the MoUs we signed in the Sharm El Sheikh summit have turned into deals and work has started on them," Planning Minister Ashraf al-Arabi said in a Reuters interview on Saturday. More »

  • Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Egypt says militant leader killed in shootout - army statement Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Egyptian armed forces killed a leading member of the country's Islamic State affiliate in a shootout outside his North Sinai home, the army spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. Selim Suleiman al-Haram, identified in the statement as a leader of the militant group known as Sinai Province, was asked to turn himself in by a group of soldiers that surrounded his house in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, the army said. Egypt is battling an increasingly brazen insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of police officers and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. More »

  • Egypt prolongs role in Saudi-led Yemen coalition
    Egypt prolongs role in Saudi-led Yemen coalition Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Egypt extended Saturday its participation in the Saudi-led Arab coalition carrying out air strikes on Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen for another six months, the presidency said. More »

  • Egypt extends for six months military mandate in Gulf, Red Sea Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    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 Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    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 Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    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 Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    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 »