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  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash
    In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash 10 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary. More »

  • Egypt foils attempt to smuggle Jewish antiquities
    Egypt foils attempt to smuggle Jewish antiquities 12 hours ago

    Egypt has foiled an attempt to smuggle out of the country Jewish antiquities used during religious ceremonies, the antiquities ministry said on Friday. More »

  • Egypt stops attempt to smuggle Jewish artifacts
    Egypt stops attempt to smuggle Jewish artifacts 14 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Authorities in Egypt say they have seized a cache of Jewish religious artifacts that smugglers wanted to ship to Belgium at one of the country's main ports. More »

  • Egypt's once-feared police on guard against 'unseen enemy'
    Egypt's once-feared police on guard against 'unseen enemy' 17 hours ago

    Colonel Amr has forbidden his family to discuss his police work; with militants relentlessly targeting Egypt's security forces he remains perpetually on guard against what he says is "an unseen enemy". More »

  • Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks
    Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A little-known jihadist group, Ajnad Misr, claimed a series of attacks and vowed new ones targeting Egyptian security forces in a video posted on its Twitter account on Thursday. More »

  • Egypt pulls Lebanese star's 'adults only' movie
    Egypt pulls Lebanese star's 'adults only' movie Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Egypt has suspended screenings of Lebanese film and pop star Haifa Wehbe's latest movie after criticism over scenes deemed sexually provocative. More »

  • Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery
    Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, and sentenced him Wednesday to seven years in prison. More »

  • Egypt court jails 120 Morsi backers over clashes
    Egypt court jails 120 Morsi backers over clashes Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    An Egyptian court jailed 120 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for three years on Wednesday over clashes that left dozens of people dead last year, officials said. More »

  • Egypt presidential hopeful urges political unity
    Egypt presidential hopeful urges political unity Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Egypt's leftist leader, the ex-army chief's main rival in next month's presidential election, Wednesday urged all revolutionary groups to unite, as a liberal party threw its weight behind him. More »

  • Egypt jails ex-presidential hopeful for fraud
    Egypt jails ex-presidential hopeful for fraud Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A court jailed a Salafist leader to seven years for fraud Wednesday for keeping his mother's US citizenship secret when filing candidacy papers in Egypt's 2012 presidential election. More »

  • Sexual violence against Egypt women 'goes unpunished': report
    Sexual violence against Egypt women 'goes unpunished': report Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. More »

  • Egypt: Court Jails 119 Muslim Brotherhood Followers of Ousted Ex-President  …
    Egypt: Court Jails 119 Muslim Brotherhood Followers of Ousted Ex-President  … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    An Egyptian court has sentenced 119 Muslim Brotherhood supporters of deposed ex-President Mohamed Morsi to three years each in prison, according to judicial sources. The supporters' imprisonment comes after their alleged involvement in an October demonstration in which 50 people were killed, organised to protest Morsi's ousting. Judge Hazem Hashad acquitted six of the accused Morsi followers, who faced charges of unlawful assembly and thuggery, according to Reuters. The interim military-backed government, headed by Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, recently sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood to death in the biggest mass capital punishment sentencing in history. More »

  • Former Egypt finance minister released hours after arrest in France - sourc …
    Former Egypt finance minister released hours after arrest in France - sourc … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali was released following his arrest in Paris on an international warrant over corruption charges from his time in Hosni Mubarak's government, a judicial source said on Wednesday. French police released Boutros Ghali hours after he was arrested at the request of Interpol on arriving in Paris from London on Monday, the source said. The source said Boutros Ghali had to be released because of his status as a political refugee in Britain, which includes a guarantee against imprisonment under the Geneva Convention. Boutros Ghali was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison in Egypt for corruption and abuse of power following the uprising that unseated Mubarak in 2011. More »

  • Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message
    Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. More »

  • Egypt court bans Brotherhood members from polls
    Egypt court bans Brotherhood members from polls Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned members of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood from running in upcoming elections, a lawyer and state media said. More »

  • Supporters of Egypt candidate jostle for campaign space
    Supporters of Egypt candidate jostle for campaign space Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Supporters of Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi are caught in a turf war as they jostle for campaign space in a vote expected to be swept by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. More »

  • The Slow Death of Egypt's Tourism Industry
    The Slow Death of Egypt's Tourism Industry Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    When Germany's second-biggest airline cancelled its flights to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh, it was yet another blow for Egypt's ailing tourism industry. Air Berlin announced that all flights to the Red Sea resort would be suspended until the end of April 2014, to coincide with Easter vacations, due to security concerns on the Sinai peninsula. Political unrest has increased in towns of the vast Sinai since the uprising that toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The reluctance of Europeans to visit Egypt is bruising an economy still reeling from three years of political upheaval and decades of mismanagement. More »

  • The revolutionary dials spin in Egypt
    The revolutionary dials spin in Egypt Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Revolutions are perceptions driven by instincts, not exact sciences, and they can ricochet randomly. More »

  • Egypt: El-Sissi in final step to run for president Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required, his campaign said in a statement. More »

  • Egypt: Electricity Price Hikes Shock Rich as Further Reforms Floated
    Egypt: Electricity Price Hikes Shock Rich as Further Reforms Floated Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Egypt's interim government will increase the price of electricity for the wealthiest Egyptians before May's presidential elections, according to the planning minister. "This energy subsidy system is unsustainable; "We don't have time to waste ... It's better for Egypt to start some of these measures at least before the presidential election, just to pave the way for the coming president, to make his life easier," he said. Egypt's energy subsidy costs shot up in the wake of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, as the Egyptian currency plummeted and energy imports became more expensive. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi submits bid for president: spokesman
    Egypt's Sisi submits bid for president: spokesman Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Egypt's ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday officially submitted his bid to run for president, with his lawyer handing over the required documents to the authorities, a spokesman said. More »

  • Sisi makes pre-vote campaign splash in Egypt
    Sisi makes pre-vote campaign splash in Egypt Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A huge poster of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stands tall near Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, one of thousands that have sprung up across Egypt. More »

  • Israel readies for Passover, marking Egypt exodus
    Israel readies for Passover, marking Egypt exodus Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Smoke wafted through the air in Jerusalem on Monday morning as Jews burned scraps of bread and added the final touches to weeks of meticulous preparations for Passover, the holiday in which the biblical story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt is retold. More »

  • 220 referred to prosecutor for mass trial in Egypt Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Judicial officials in Egypt say 220 protesters have been referred to the public prosecutor for a mass trial. More »

  • Egypt arrests alleged 'terrorist' who fought in Syria Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Egypt has arrested a veteran of the Syrian civil war on suspicion of planning terrorist acts inside Egypt, the state news agency reported on Sunday. The Egyptian prosecutor's office in Suez City ordered the arrest of Wael Ahmed Abdel Fattah for 15 days, MENA reported, adding that he was suspected of working with Islamist militant groups. MENA said Abdel Fattah, a former oil company employee, battled in Syria alongside the Nusra Front, seen as the most effective rebel group fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July, Islamist militants based in the Sinai Peninsula have stepped up attacks on police and soldiers, killing hundreds. More »

  • Pyramid Tour Guides Turn to Opium Farming as Visitors Shun Egypt
    Pyramid Tour Guides Turn to Opium Farming as Visitors Shun Egypt Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Tourism has dried up during the months of political unrest that followed the military overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Last September, Egypt experienced a 90% year-on-year drop in visitors from overseas. Hundreds of tourists returned home after a tourist bus was attacked in Taba in South Sinai, close to the Israeli border at Eilat in February. More »

  • Islamist gets 1 year for contempt of Egypt court
    Islamist gets 1 year for contempt of Egypt court Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — A court in Egypt has sentenced an ultraconservative Islamist who is an ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary during his trial. More »

  • Bomb blast near Egypt hospital before minister visits
    Bomb blast near Egypt hospital before minister visits Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A crude bomb exploded on Saturday near a newly built hospital just minutes before it was inaugurated by Egypt's health minister, security officials said, adding that there were no casualties. More »

  • Egypt to need more financial support: IMF
    Egypt to need more financial support: IMF Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Egypt will need further international assistance to put its economy back on track despite receiving huge loans from Gulf Arab states, the IMF said Friday. More »

  • 'Muslim Brotherhood' members killed in Egypt
    'Muslim Brotherhood' members killed in Egypt Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Two members of banned group shot in exchange of gunfire with security forces in New Delta, interior ministry says. More »

  • Egypt violence kills three; group names suicide bomber Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in an exchange of gunfire with Egyptian security forces in the Nile Delta on Friday, the Interior Ministry said, and the Islamist group said another of its supporters was shot dead in Alexandria. Attacks on the security forces have become commonplace since the army deposed president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July after mass protests against his rule. The state has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group, but its leaders say it remains committed to peaceful activism. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the Nile Delta shootout began when Brotherhood activists on motorbikes were spotted attempting to set alight a police checkpoint on a road between the cities of Tanta and al-Mahalla al-Kubra north of Cairo. More »

  • Egypt troops kill top Sinai militant: army
    Egypt troops kill top Sinai militant: army Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Egyptian troops on Friday killed a prominent militant in the restive Sinai Peninsula where Islamist fighters have increasingly targeted security forces since last year's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi. More »

  • Egypt military: Prominent militant killed in Sinai Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military said its forces on Friday killed a prominent Islamic militant in the Sinai Peninsula, part of a campaign against extremist groups that have carried out a string of attacks, bombings and assassinations on police and soldiers extending to the capital. More »

  • Soldiers in Egypt kill militant group member Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Security officials in Egypt say soldiers have ambushed and killed a prominent militant in an al-Qaida inspired group as part of the government's ongoing campaign against terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Egypt police shoot dead 2 Brotherhood members: report
    Egypt police shoot dead 2 Brotherhood members: report Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Policemen killed two armed members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in a shootout on Friday in the Nile Delta north of the capital, state news agency MENA reported. More »