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  • Egypt's Sisi promises tougher legal system as prosecutor buried
    Egypt's Sisi promises tougher legal system as prosecutor buried 6 hours ago

    By Stephen Kalin CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's president told mourners on Tuesday at the funeral of the country's top prosecutor, killed by a car bomb, that he would unveil tough new security policies in the coming days, vowing that death sentences would be carried out. Monday's killing of public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, the most senior Egyptian official to die in such an attack in years, cast doubt on Egypt's ability to contain an Islamist insurgency that is picking increasingly high-profile targets. In his address at the funeral, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said: "The hand of justice is tied by laws ... We will not wait for that. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi to rename Rabaa Square after slain Barakat
    Egypt's Sisi to rename Rabaa Square after slain Barakat 9 hours ago

    President to name square where at least 800 Brotherhood supporters were killed by army in 2013 after state prosecutor. More »

  • Revisiting Egypt's 2013 military takeover
    Revisiting Egypt's 2013 military takeover 13 hours ago

    A breakdown of the misconceptions surrounding the removal of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. More »

  • Report: Egypt increasingly cracking down on its youth
    Report: Egypt increasingly cracking down on its youth 15 hours ago

    Egypt's youth and activists are being subjected to a number of repressive measures, according to Amnesty International. More »

  • Fallen Egypt archaeologist wants international Grand Museum
    Fallen Egypt archaeologist wants international Grand Museum 19 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — For more than a decade, he was the self-styled Indiana Jones of Egypt, presiding over its antiquities and striding through temples and tombs as the star of TV documentaries that made him an international celebrity. More »

  • Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of youths
    Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of youths Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian authorities of jailing young activists to quell unrest under one of the toughest crackdowns in the country's history. In a report released Tuesday called "Generation Jail: Egypt's youth go from protest to prison," Amnesty looked at the cases of 14 young people among thousands it said were arbitrarily imprisoned in Egypt in the past two years in connection with protests. Amnesty and other human rights groups have criticised what they call repressive policies under Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. More »

  • Two years after Morsi, Egypt in 'repression': Amnesty
    Two years after Morsi, Egypt in 'repression': Amnesty Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Two years after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has regressed into "all-out repression", with activists jailed in a bid to crush dissent, Amnesty International warned on Tuesday. More »

  • Bomb kills Egypt's top prosecutor as he drives to work
    Bomb kills Egypt's top prosecutor as he drives to work Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A car bomb killed Egypt's chief prosecutor Monday in the country's first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. More »

  • With Cairo assassination, Egypt's cycle of violence turns darker Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Egypt's general prosecutor and nine other people were killed by a massive car bomb Monday in one of Cairo's wealthiest and heavily-policed districts, and judging by video of the aftermath, it's something of a miracle that more aren't dead. The bomb appears to have been remotely detonated and targeted Prosecutor Hisham Barakat as he left his home in the morning in Cairo's Heliopolis neighborhood with a convoy of guards, headed to the office. It appears to have been a daily route, and the car detonated as they passed the national military academy. More »

  • Egypt top prosecutor killed in Cairo bombing
    Egypt top prosecutor killed in Cairo bombing Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Egypt's state prosecutor was killed in a powerful bombing that hit his Cairo convoy on Monday following jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists. More »

  • EGYPT CAR BOMB Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Map locates Cairo, Egypt; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Car bomb attack kills Egypt's top public prosecutor
    Car bomb attack kills Egypt's top public prosecutor Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Ahmed Hassan and Omar Fahmy CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's top public prosecutor was killed by a car bomb attack on his convoy on Monday, the most senior state official to die at the hands of militants since the toppling of an Islamist president two years ago. Security sources said a bomb in a parked car was remotely detonated as Hisham Barakat's motorcade left his home, after saying earlier a car bomber had rammed into the convoy. Judges and other senior officials have increasingly been targeted by radical Islamists opposed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and angered by hefty prison sentences imposed on members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. More »

  • Egypt court ruling in Al Jazeera retrial on July 30
    Egypt court ruling in Al Jazeera retrial on July 30 Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    An Egyptian court said Monday it will deliver its verdict on July 30 in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were previously sentenced to up to 10 years in jail. More »

  • Egypt sets July 30 to issue verdict in Al-Jazeera trial Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court will issue its final verdict on July 30 in the re-trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists on terrorism-related charges. More »

  • Egypt court to deliver Al Jazeera staff verdict in July
    Egypt court to deliver Al Jazeera staff verdict in July Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Closing arguments heard in Egyptian retrial, which was adjourned on eight previous occasions. More »

  • Little-known group claims attack targeting Egypt public prosecutor Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A little-known group calling itself the "Giza Popular Resistance" claimed responsibility for an attack on Monday that wounded Egypt's public prosecutor, according to a statement on its Facebook page. In the statement, the group said it had targeted Hisham Barakat in front of his home in Heliopolis. The group posted pictures that it said were from the attack. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the claim. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy and Ahmed Aboulenein; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Car bomb wounds Egypt's public prosecutor in Cairo -sources Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Egypt's public prosecutor suffered unspecified injuries when a car bomber rammed into his convoy as it was leaving his home in Cairo on Monday, security and judicial sources said. Judges and other officials have increasingly been targeted by Islamist militants opposed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and apparently angered by hefty prison sentences imposed on members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Security and judicial sources said the car bomber drove into Barakat's motorcade as it was leaving his home. More »

  • Ramadan soap rediscovers Egypt's Jews
    Ramadan soap rediscovers Egypt's Jews Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Controversial TV series set in Cairo's old Jewish Quarter is not a missive to Israel but an ode to pluralism. More »

  • Egypt sentences 3 to year in prison over racy video Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced three people involved in a racy music video to one year in prison with labor for "inciting debauchery." More »

  • Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Years of revolt, turmoil haunt Egypt's children
    AP PHOTOS: Years of revolt, turmoil haunt Egypt's children Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — In Egypt, the years of turmoil following its 2011 uprising have seen revolutionary graffiti fade away as the country slowly tries to move on, but hidden scars remain for children who grew up during the chaos and lost loved ones. More »

  • Soap opera shines positive light on Egypt's Jews
    Soap opera shines positive light on Egypt's Jews Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    With scenes of religious coexistence and vintage elegance in a more cosmopolitan era, an Egyptian soap opera aims to dispel prejudice towards the country's long-vilified and nearly extinct Jewish community. More »

  • How Egypt is slowly pushing back against female genital mutilation Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    “For centuries, female genital mutilation or cutting [was] practiced throughout much of Africa,” the United Nations Population Fund announced in 2012. Recommended: How much do you know about Egypt? FGM involves the altering, injuring, or removal of the external genitalia of women or girls for non-medical reasons – a practice that, according to the UNFP, violates the human rights and undermines the well-being of about 3 million girls in 29 countries every year. More »

  • Egypt, US to hold 'strategic dialogue' in July
    Egypt, US to hold 'strategic dialogue' in July Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Egypt and the United States will hold a "strategic dialogue" in July, the presidency announced Thursday, amid a growing rapprochement in ties strained after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi two years ago. More »

  • Egypt's transport minister temporarily takes over oil portfolio - PM Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Egypt's prime minister said on Thursday that Transport Minister Hany Dahi would temporarily take on the portfolio of the energy minister while he was travelling. The brief statement from the prime minister's office did not give a reason or a duration for Oil Minister Sherif Ismail's travels. Declining energy production, held back by a lack of investment, has helped turn Egypt from an energy exporter to a net importer over the past few years and contributed to a persistent energy crisis. More »

  • Retrial of Al Jazeera staff again adjourned in Egypt
    Retrial of Al Jazeera staff again adjourned in Egypt Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Trial adjourned as rights group reports that journalists face "unprecedented" threats under Egypt's President Sisi. More »

  • Watchdog: Journalists face 'unprecedented' threats in Egypt
    Watchdog: Journalists face 'unprecedented' threats in Egypt Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Journalists face unprecedented threats in President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's Egypt, a watchdog group said Thursday, with the highest number behind bars since it began keeping records in 1990. More »

  • Record 18 journalists jailed in Egypt, says watchdog
    Record 18 journalists jailed in Egypt, says watchdog Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Journalists are facing "unprecedented threats" in Egypt with a record number behind bars, mostly for links with ousted president Mohamed Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood, a media watchdog said Thursday. More »

  • Egypt's imprisonment of journalists at all-time high - CPJ
    Egypt's imprisonment of journalists at all-time high - CPJ Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is holding the highest number of journalists behind bars since record keeping began, using the pretext of national security to crack down on press freedoms, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday. A prison census conducted by the CPJ on June 1 found at least 18 Egyptian journalists were being held in jail for reasons related to their reporting, the most in Egypt since the CPJ began recording data on imprisoned journalists in 1990. "The threat of imprisonment in Egypt is part of an atmosphere in which authorities pressure media outlets to censor critical voices and issue gag orders on sensitive topics," the CPJ said in a report published on Thursday. More »

  • Egypt says to hold talks with U.S. in July
    Egypt says to hold talks with U.S. in July Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on July 28-29, Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said on Tuesday. Relations between Cairo and Washington deteriorated after the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests against his rule in 2013. In late March, U.S. President Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo, authorising deliveries of U.S. weapons valued at over $1.3 billion. More »

  • Egypt opens Gaza crossing for third time in a month
    Egypt opens Gaza crossing for third time in a month Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip Tuesday, a Palestinian official said, allowing the delivery of cement supplies into the badly destroyed territory. More »

  • Egypt court overturns conviction of journalist Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo appeals court has overturned the conviction of a TV broadcaster closely linked to the security services for insulting a liberal politician. More »

  • Al Jazeera's Mansour says Egypt 'will hunt me down'
    Al Jazeera's Mansour says Egypt 'will hunt me down' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Freed Al Jazeera journalist says he is disappointed that Germany considered extradition request from Egypt. More »

  • Germany frees Al-Jazeera journalist sought by Egypt
    Germany frees Al-Jazeera journalist sought by Egypt Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    German authorities Monday released Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, two days after detaining him at the request of his native Egypt in a move that sparked outrage from rights groups. More »

  • Egypt security forces kill 22 suspected militants in North Sinai - sources Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Egyptian security forces killed 22 suspected militants who were planning to target security forces in the restive North Sinai province on Monday, security sources said. Egypt is facing a Sinai-based insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. The sources said security forces struck a group of people meeting outside a mosque south of the Sheikh Zuwayed town who were planning an attack on security points. More »