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U.S.-Egyptian released from Egypt jail-family

By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawe…

  • Al Jazeera's Greste fears Egypt guilty verdict
    Al Jazeera's Greste fears Egypt guilty verdict 2 hours 10 minutes ago

    Journalist Peter Greste says he may be found guilty in absentia for not appearing at his retrial on Monday. More »

  • Egypt road crash kills 13 policemen, 3 others
    Egypt road crash kills 13 policemen, 3 others 3 hours ago

    Sixteen people were killed, all but three of them Egyptian policemen, in a collision between a police vehicle and a truck south of Cairo, authorities said on Saturday. More »

  • Multi-vehicle crash in Egypt kills 16, including conscripts - officials 11 hours ago

    At least 16 people were killed, including some military conscripts, in a multi-vehicle crash south of Cairo late on Friday, health ministry officials said. Health ministry spokesman Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told Reuters that a police car, a taxi and a mini-bus crashed in the village of al-Shousha in the Beni Soueif governorate, killing 16 people and wounding four. The state-run Al Ahram news portal cited a health ministry official in Beni Soueif as saying that among the 16 killed, 13 were conscripts and three were civilians. More »

  • Egypt acquits policeman jailed for torture death
    Egypt acquits policeman jailed for torture death Thu, May 28, 2015

    An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman sentenced to 15 years in jail for torturing to death an Islamist arrested over a church bombing, a judicial official said. More »

  • Humans Trekked Out of Africa Via Egypt, Study Suggests
    Humans Trekked Out of Africa Via Egypt, Study Suggests Thu, May 28, 2015

    The major gateway for modern humans out of Africa may have been Egypt, a new genetic analysis suggests. Modern humans first arose about 200,000 years ago in Africa south of the Sahara. When and how the modern human lineage crossed the Sahara and dispersed from Africa has long been controversial. More »

  • Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia's S-300 Wed, May 27, 2015

    By Dan Williams HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - The chief of Israel's air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defences. The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300 variant, and put the value of the contract at more than a billion dollars. Neither Egypt nor Russia has formally confirmed it. More »

  • Bomb blast kills senior police officer in Egypt's Sinai Wed, May 27, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says a roadside bomb has killed a senior police officer in the northwestern region of the Sinai Peninsula, home of the country's Islamic State affiliate. More »

  • Egypt sentences eight jihadists to death
    Egypt sentences eight jihadists to death Tue, May 26, 2015

    An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced to death eight jihadists found guilty of acts of violence against the security forces and belonging to groups that incite "terrorism", a judicial official said. More »

  • Egypt president to respond to emails from public in speeches Tue, May 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian president's media office says that an email address will be created to receive letters from citizens so that he can answer them in monthly speeches. More »

  • Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for 48 hours
    Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza for 48 hours Tue, May 26, 2015

    Egypt reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza for two days from Tuesday, Palestinian border officials said, for the first time since March. More »

  • Egypt opens Rafah to let stranded Palestinians return to Gaza Tue, May 26, 2015

    Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, for the first time in nearly 80 days, to allow stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, witnesses and officials said. Since the Egyptian army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013, Cairo has largely kept Rafah, the main gateway to the Palestinian enclave that is run by the Islamist group Hamas, closed. Cairo accused Hamas, which shares the same agenda as Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, of helping militants in Egypt's Sinai desert wage attacks against security forces, something Hamas denies. More »

  • Egypt allows Gazans to return home through border crossing Tue, May 26, 2015

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt has opened its border with the Gaza Strip to allow stranded Palestinians to return home. More »

  • Egypt orders trial for newspaper employees for 'false news' Mon, May 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor has referred to criminal trial three employees of a newspaper on charges of publishing "false news." More »

  • Egypt official says Sinai extremists kill soldier in clashes Mon, May 25, 2015

    El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian army official says extremists have killed a conscript and wounded an officer in clashes in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Five African migrants drown in Egypt boat raid
    Five African migrants drown in Egypt boat raid Mon, May 25, 2015

    Five African migrants drowned on Monday after jumping into the Mediterranean as Egyptian coastguards raided a boat heading towards Italy, security officials said. More »

  • 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 »