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  • Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist … 18 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization' More »

  • Egypt courts list Hamas as terrorist group, give Brotherhood leader life 19 hours ago

    An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison while other members received the death penalty. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. More »

  • Hamas says Egypt listing it as terrorist organization is 'shocking and  … 19 hours ago

    An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said a statement from Gaza on Saturday. "The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said. More »

  • Egypt court sentences top Brotherhood leader to life 20 hours ago

    An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison on Saturday while other members received the death penalty, as part of a sustained crackdown by authorities on Islamists. Egypt has jailed thousands linked to the Muslim Brotherhood since the army removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Four lower-level members of the Brotherhood were sentenced to death on Saturday for inciting violence that led to the killing of protesters demonstrating outside a Brotherhood office on June 30, 2013, days before Mursi's ouster. The death sentences are subject to appeal and many of the defendants are already serving lengthy sentences on other charges. More »

  • Jailed journalists in Egypt: Did Al Jazeera help them or use them? Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Not long after three Al Jazeera journalists were arrested here in December 2013, their Qatari television network mounted one of the largest international press freedom campaigns the world has ever seen. Given Egypt’s record of jailing journalists, the network’s campaign seemed well founded. Last June, a court sentenced the three men – Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed – to between seven and 10 years in prison on terror charges. The verdict became a diplomatic flashpoint for Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and a symbol of the country’s authoritarian tilt. More »

  • Libya warns of more air strikes with Egypt against IS
    Libya warns of more air strikes with Egypt against IS Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Libya's internationally recognised premier threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the Islamic State group in his country, warning Friday that the jihadists were poised to widen their presence there. More »

  • Qatar committed to 'stable' Egypt despite tensions: Emir
    Qatar committed to 'stable' Egypt despite tensions: Emir Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Emir of Qatar said Thursday he was committed to "stability" in Egypt, despite a recent row between the two nations over Cairo's airstrikes against IS militants in Libya. More »

  • Two Egypt police arrested over 'torture' death: media
    Two Egypt police arrested over 'torture' death: media Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Egypt's prosecution service Thursday ordered the arrest of two policemen accused of torturing and beating to death a lawyer jailed after a pro-Islamist protest, state media and lawyers said. More »

  • Egypt detains 2 police officers over lawyer's death Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained two police officers on Thursday over allegations that they had tortured a lawyer to death inside a police station, the latest in a series of recent incidents that underline alleged abuses by the country's police force. More »

  • Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others
    Egypt: Bomb blasts in Cairo kill one person and injure five others Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    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 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    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 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    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 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    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's graffiti 'the unmediated voice of people'
    Q&A: Egypt's graffiti 'the unmediated voice of people' Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    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 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    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 »