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  • Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others
    Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others 16 hours ago

    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 17 hours ago

    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 17 hours ago

    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 20 hours ago

    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 is becoming an expanded cult'
    Q&A: 'Egypt is becoming an expanded cult' 21 hours ago

    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 23 hours ago

    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 »

  • Egypt rejects blame for civilians killed in Libya airstrikes Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Egypt on Tuesday rejected accusations of blame in the death of seven civilians killed in Libya last week when Cairo's military bombed suspected Islamist militant targets after the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. A report on Monday from Amnesty International in London said the Egyptian air force had "failed to take the necessary precautions" during the attack and had "joined the ranks of those placing civilians at risk in Libya". Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday, before the Amnesty report was released, that the air force had hit 13 targets selected after careful study and reconnaissance to avoid civilian casualties. More »

  • Egypt to host Arab League summit on March 28-29
    Egypt to host Arab League summit on March 28-29 Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Arab League said Tuesday that it would hold its annual summit on March 28-29 in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, with national security topping the agenda. More »

  • Egypt denies civilian deaths in airstrikes on Libya Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has rejected a report by Amnesty International that said seven civilians were killed in airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi issues decree widening scope of security crackdown
    Egypt's Sisi issues decree widening scope of security crackdown Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Michael Georgy and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed off on an anti-terrorism law that gives authorities more sweeping powers to ban groups on charges ranging from harming national unity to disrupting public order. The move, announced in the official Gazette on Tuesday, is likely to increase concern among rights groups over the government clawing back freedoms gained after the 2011 uprising that ended a three-decade autocracy under Hosni Mubarak. Authorities have cracked down hard on the Islamist, secular and liberal opposition alike since then army chief Sisi toppled elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. According to the Gazette, the law enables authorities to act against any individual or group deemed a threat to national security, including people who disrupt public transportation, an apparent reference to protests. More »

  • Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era ministers of corruption
    Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era ministers of corruption Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    An Egyptian court acquitted a former prime minister and an ex-interior minister of corruption charges in a retrial Tuesday, the latest reversal of verdicts against officials who served under strongman Hosni Mubarak. More »

  • Two top Mubarak-era officials acquitted in Egypt
    Two top Mubarak-era officials acquitted in Egypt Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Ex-PM Ahmed Nazif and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly cleared of graft charges at retrial. More »

  • Rights group critical of Egypt's air strikes in Libya
    Rights group critical of Egypt's air strikes in Libya Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Amnesty International says Cairo failed to protect civilians in raids launched after beheadings of Egyptian Christians. More »

  • Rights group says Egypt airstrikes in Libya killed civilians Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A leading international human rights group said Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take the necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties during its airstrikes last week against what Cairo said were militant targets in Libya. More »

  • Egypt minister 'recorded discussing protest crackdown'
    Egypt minister 'recorded discussing protest crackdown' Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Leaked audio appears to show interior minister advising in 2014 on how to shoot protesters without creating "martyrs". More »

  • Egypt postpones trial of Brotherhood head, 198 Islamists
    Egypt postpones trial of Brotherhood head, 198 Islamists Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    An Egyptian military court has postponed to March 9 the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood leader and 198 other Islamists over deadly clashes after president Mohamed Morsi's ouster, an army official said Monday. More »

  • Egypt jails 2011 revolt activist Abdel Fattah for five years
    Egypt jails 2011 revolt activist Abdel Fattah for five years Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, to five years in prison over an illegal protest. More »

  • Egypt postpones retrial of 2 Al-Jazeera English journalists
    Egypt postpones retrial of 2 Al-Jazeera English journalists Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The retrial of two Al-Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges in a case widely criticized by human rights organizations and media groups has been postponed to March 8. The decision ... More »

  • Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over 'bad' security
    Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over 'bad' security Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Egypt shut its embassy in Sanaa and recalled all its staff Monday due to deteriorating security, state media said, joining a diplomatic exodus since Shiite militia seized the Yemeni capital. More »

  • Egypt's president raises cigarette tax Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Sunday it will raise the sales tax on both local and imported cigarettes as it confronts a major budget deficit. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi vows to free wrongly jailed 'youths'
    Egypt's Sisi vows to free wrongly jailed 'youths' Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised Sunday to release young people who may have been wrongly jailed during Egypt's crackdown on the opposition since he overthrew his Islamist predecessor in 2013. More »

  • Egypt's el-Sissi says need growing for joint Arab force
    Egypt's el-Sissi says need growing for joint Arab force Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president said Sunday that the need for a joint Arab military force is growing every day as the region faces the threat of Islamic militancy. More »

  • Egypt refers 215 to court for forming a militant group - public prosecutor Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Egypt's public prosecutor said on Sunday he had referred 215 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to trial on charges of forming a militant group, the latest move in a sustained crackdown by authorities on Islamists. Egypt has mounted one of the biggest crackdowns in its modern history on the Brotherhood following the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, the country's first freely-elected president, in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. The 215 defendants were charged with forming a militant group called "Helwan Brigades", Hesham Barakat, the public prosecutor, said in a statement. More »

  • Egypt prosecutor refers 215 to trial for forming armed group Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor has referred 215 alleged Islamists to trial in a criminal court on charges of forming armed groups responsible for killing half a dozen security personnel and damaging public property. More »

  • Egypt acquits ex-minister over Israel gas deal
    Egypt acquits ex-minister over Israel gas deal Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    An Egyptian court acquitted on Saturday an oil minister who served under ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak in a retrial after a 2012 conviction for selling Israel natural gas at below market price. More »

  • Egypt court acquits ex-oil minister of corruption charges
    Egypt court acquits ex-oil minister of corruption charges Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    An Egyptian court acquitted former oil minister Sameh Fahmy of charges of selling cheap gas to Israel and squandering public funds and threw out his 15-year jail sentence, a judicial source said on Saturday. Prosecutors said former president Hosni Mubarak's government sold gas at preferential rates to Israel and other countries, costing Egypt billions of dollars in lost revenue. The ruling is likely to raise fears among human rights activists that the old guard was making a comeback, especially as it came after a court in November dropped charges against Mubarak of conspiring to kill protesters in the 2011 uprising as well as graft changes related to gas exports to Israel. The judicial source said the Cairo Criminal Court found Fahmy and five others innocent of the charges. More »