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  • Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014
    Report: Egypt, Nigeria led world in death sentences in 2014 13 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty. More »

  • Obama, Egypt's Sisi talked on the phone Tuesday - White House 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday, the White House National Security Council said. There were no immediate details about what the leaders discussed. But the call comes after Sisi - who has backed the military campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen - proposed a unified Arab force to confront regional security threats. (Corrects headline and paragraph one to Tuesday instead Monday) (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler) More »

  • Obama ends freeze on U.S. military aid to Egypt 15 hours ago

    By Roberta Rampton and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Tuesday it was lifting its hold on the supply of military equipment to Egypt, which was frozen when the military took power in Cairo nearly two years ago. The White House said President Barack Obama was freeing up the equipment and making other changes to military ties with Washington's long-time ally to support U.S. interests while encouraging Egypt's political reforms. Obama directed the release of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft, 20 Boeing Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits made by General Dynamics , National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said. The decision was announced after a telephone call between Obama and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which they also discussed the turmoil that is gripping the region. More »

  • Egypt president urges Yemen rebels to 'back off'
    Egypt president urges Yemen rebels to 'back off' 17 hours ago

    Egypt's president on Tuesday urged Shiite rebels in Yemen to "back off" for the sake of their country, saying Cairo is participating in a military campaign there for Gulf Arab security. More »

  • US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security
    US releases military aid to Egypt, cites national security 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. More »

  • Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake
    Shocking Discovery: Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Be a Fake 19 hours ago

    The "Meidum Geese," as modern-day Egyptologists and art historians call it, was supposedly found in 1871 in a tomb located near the Meidum Pyramid, which was built by the pharaoh Snefru (reign 2610-2590 B.C). A man named Luigi Vassalli discovered and removed the painting, which is now located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. "Some scholars compared it, with due respect, to 'The Gioconda' (Mona Lisa) for the Egyptian art," wrote Francesco Tiradritti, a professor at the Kore University of Enna anddirector of the Italian archaeological mission to Egypt, in a summary of his finds sent to Live Science. But while Tiradritti's research suggests the painting is a fake, a real one may be hidden underneath. More »

  • Obama unblocks delivery of F-16s to Egypt
    Obama unblocks delivery of F-16s to Egypt 19 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of a dozen F-16 aircraft to Egypt that had been frozen after a military-led takeover. More »

  • White House: Obama releases military aid to Egypt suspended after 2013 coup 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: Obama releases military aid to Egypt suspended after 2013 coup. More »

  • Qatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya 22 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism. More »

  • Egypt court frees 68 activists in rare move
    Egypt court frees 68 activists in rare move 23 hours ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) - In an unusual move, an Egyptian court acquitted on Tuesday 68 people, including members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who were charged with gathering illegally and attacking security forces, judicial sources said. Authorities have cracked down hard on the Islamist movement since the army removed it from power in 2013 following mass protests against its rule. Security forces killed hundreds at protest camps and thousands were arrested. They also jailed high-profile secular activists, drawing fire from human rights groups. ... More »

  • Egypt M2 money supply up 15.5 pct yr-on-yr in February:central bank
    Egypt M2 money supply up 15.5 pct yr-on-yr in February:central bank Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Egypt's M2 money supply was up 15.5 percent at the end of February from a year earlier, the central bank said on Tuesday. More »

  • Saudi Arabia, Egypt show discord over Syria
    Saudi Arabia, Egypt show discord over Syria Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with the region's complex and intertwined conflicts may stop there. The two countries' diverging interests were evident at the Arab summit over the weekend, particularly over the crises in Syria and Libya. More »

  • Egypt dog-killers' jail terms reduced on appeal
    Egypt dog-killers' jail terms reduced on appeal Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An Egyptian court Monday commuted a three-year jail sentence given to three men for the brutal street killing of a dog that was recorded and went viral on the Internet. More »

  • Egypt seeks to join China-based AIIB
    Egypt seeks to join China-based AIIB Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Egypt is interested in joining the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. More »

  • Egypt adds name to join China-backed AIIB investment bank Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Egypt will apply to become of member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China's Ministry of Finance said in a statement on its website Monday. The ministry said China welcomes the application and Egypt will become a member on April 14 if the process goes smoothly. China has set a March 31 deadline to become a founding member of the AIIB, which is seen as a significant setback to U.S. efforts to extend its influence in the Asia Pacific region and balance China's growing financial clout and assertiveness. More »

  • Egypt spends 30 pct less on fuel subsidies in fiscal H1
    Egypt spends 30 pct less on fuel subsidies in fiscal H1 Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Egypt's fuel subsidy bill for the first half of the current fiscal year fell to 44.8 billion Egyptian pounds ($5.9 billion) from 64.5 billion a year earlier, the finance ministry said on Monday. The figures are for the six months to December 31, 2014, as Egypt's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Egypt cut fuel subsidies last summer, raising prices of gasoline, diesel and natural gas by as much as 78 percent. More »

  • Egypt's El Sewedy Electric 2014 profit more than triples Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's El Sewedy Electric on Monday reported a jump in annual net profit to 445.1 million Egyptian pounds ($58.34 million) in 2014 from 134.5 million the previous year. The company recommended a dividend of one pound per share, it said in a statement to the Cairo bourse. More »

  • Egypt lists top Brotherhood leader, 17 others as terrorists: state media
    Egypt lists top Brotherhood leader, 17 others as terrorists: state media Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has listed the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 17 other top members of the group as terrorists, state media said on Sunday, part of a sustained crackdown by the authorities on Islamists.     Egypt has already listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation and jailed thousands of its supporters since the army removed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. ... More »

  • 14 killed in car crash in Egypt's southern Sohag province Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SOHAG, Egypt (AP) — A senior Egyptian security official says 14 people have been killed and seven injured in a car crash involving three vehicles in the southern province of Sohag. More »

  • Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists
    Egypt prosecutor names Brotherhood leaders as terrorists Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor on Sunday named 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the group's leader and his deputy, as terrorists in the first implementation of an anti-terror law passed earlier this year. More »

  • Egypt's president says leaders at summit have agreed to create a joint Arab … Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's president says leaders at summit have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. More »

  • Egypt jails 2 on Israel spy charges
    Egypt jails 2 on Israel spy charges Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A court in Egypt has sentenced a man and woman to lengthy jail terms and slapped them with large fines after convicting them of spying for Israel, a judicial official said Saturday. More »

  • Addressing India's 'rape culture,' the toll of the Syrian war, voting … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    “It is seldom that India gets coverage in the western media and when it does, it is often for negative news...,” writes Mrutyuanjai Mishra. If India and Indians do not protest against such documentaries [as the BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’] then we might see an increase in racism against persons of Indian origin. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi backs unified Arab force to confront regional threats Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told an Arab League summit on Saturday that Cairo backed calls for a unified Arab force to confront regional security threats. Sisi also said Egypt's participation in a military campaign against Shi'ite Houthi militias in Yemen, which has been led by Saudi Arabia, aimed to "preserve Yemen's unity and the peace of its territories." (Reporting by Yara Bayoumy and Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Michael Georgy and Toby Chopra) More »

  • Egypt's Sisi calls for Arab force citing 'unprecedented' threat …
    Egypt's Sisi calls for Arab force citing 'unprecedented' threat … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged Arab leaders at a summit on Saturday to back the creation of a joint military force, saying the region faced "unprecedented" threats. More »

  • Egypt president calls military action in Yemen 'inevitable' after meddling … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt president calls military action in Yemen 'inevitable' after meddling by 'foreign power' More »

  • Egypt's president endorses creating a joint military force to defend Arab … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's president endorses creating a joint military force to defend Arab countries. More »

  • Egypt's president says Arab countries facing unprecedented threat to their … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's president says Arab countries facing unprecedented threat to their stability, identity. More »

  • Egypt signs Nile dam deal with Ethiopia after years of dispute. What change … Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A new agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on a controversial Ethiopian hydroelectric dam is a diplomatic breakthrough that supporters say could fuel economic development in the Nile basin. Ethiopia says the dam will ultimately provide 6,000 megawatts of power in a country where it's desperately needed. For years Egypt had stood in the way of the effort, terrified it could reduce the annual Nile floods that the country's farms and cities rely upon, and treating upstream dam building as a national security threat. Herodotus' observation that Egypt is "the gift of the Nile" is as true today as it was 2,500 years ago. More »

  • Yemeni president arrives in Egypt for Arab League summit Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi arrived in Egypt on Friday for an Arab League summit which will focus on the Saudi-led military campaign against his Houthi militia opponents. Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi fighters battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. (Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Andrew Heavens) More »

  • Hadi to arrive in Egypt for Arab summit Friday - Yemeni official Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will arrive in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh for an Arab League summit later on Friday, a Yemeni official said. Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi fighters battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. The Yemeni official said Hadi was due to arrive at about 1500 GMT. Egyptian state television had said earlier that Hadi would not arrive until Saturday. ... More »

  • Egypt providing military support for Gulf Arab operation in Yemen - state news … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is providing political and military support for an operation launched by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies against Houthi fighters in Yemen, the state news agency said on Thursday. It quoted the foreign ministry as saying coordination was under way with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries over preparations in taking part with an Egyptian air, naval and ground force if necessary. (Reporting by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ken Wills) More »

  • Saudis, Egypt consider intervention in Yemen, likely by air
    Saudis, Egypt consider intervention in Yemen, likely by air Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — With Yemen's president swept out of power by Shiite rebels, neighboring Saudi Arabia and allies such as Egypt are considering whether and how to intervene to stop a takeover of the country by rebels they believe are backed by Shiite Iran. More »

  • Morsi, 24 others to be tried for insulting Egypt judiciary
    Morsi, 24 others to be tried for insulting Egypt judiciary Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 24 others, including prominent Islamists and secular figures, will go on trial May 23 for insulting the judiciary, a court official said Wednesday. More »

  • FAQs: Al Jazeera's Journalists on Trial in Egypt
    FAQs: Al Jazeera's Journalists on Trial in Egypt Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Al Jazeera’s Cairo-based producers have appeared in a Cairo court for their retrial. More »