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  • Egypt's Morsi faces possible death penalty in first verdict
    Egypt's Morsi faces possible death penalty in first verdict 8 hours ago

    Egypt's ex-president Mohamed Morsi faces being sentenced to death Tuesday on charges of inciting the killing of protestors in the first verdict against him nearly two years after his fall from power. More »

  • Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows
    Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows 21 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities. More »

  • Bomb attacks kill soldier, wound five in Egypt's Sinai Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An Egyptian soldier was killed and five wounded on Thursday when roadside bombs hit two military armoured vehicles in the Northern Sinai region, medical and security sources said. Two bombs hit an armoured vehicle in the town of Sheikh Zuweid killing a noncommissioned officer and wounding three other soldiers, an army spokesman said in a statement on his official Facebook page. In response, a military helicopter killed three "terrorist elements" in a car while fleeing the scene, he added. North Sinai is at the heart of an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since 2013 when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. More »

  • Roadside bombing kills officer in Egypt's restive Sinai Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian army official says an armored military vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a raid on militant hideouts in northern Sinai Peninsula and the explosion killed one officer and wounded another. More »

  • Egypt official says she burned books 'corrupting' children Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian education official under investigation for burning library books from a school suspected of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood defended her decision Wednesday, saying she herself is under fire for trying to weed out extremist ideas that "corrupt" children. More »

  • Egypt to demolish headquarters of Mubarak's old party Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Egypt's cabinet on Wednesday ordered the demolition of an abandoned, burnt-out building that had housed the headquarters of former President Hosni Mubarak's political party, which was disbanded four years ago. The National Democratic Party (NDP) building, a concrete tower block that looms over the River Nile in Cairo, was gutted during the uprising against Mubarak's rule in 2011, and served as a potent symbol of the revolt. Successive governments have discussed plans to knock down the building since the NDP was dissolved. Some activists who took part in protests have said the headquarters should be preserved as a monument to the uprising. More »

  • Egypt to demolish party HQ of ousted president Mubarak
    Egypt to demolish party HQ of ousted president Mubarak Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Egypt's government on Wednesday approved the demolition of the headquarters of the once-dominant party of toppled president Hosni Mubarak that was torched during the 2011 uprising. More »

  • Egypt to destroy torched building of Mubarak's party
    Egypt to destroy torched building of Mubarak's party Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government on Wednesday ordered the army's corps of engineers to demolish the headquarters of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's now-defunct party, a towering structure on the Nile which was torched by protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his rule. More »

  • Egypt jails top Morsi aide for abuse of power
    Egypt jails top Morsi aide for abuse of power Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A Cairo criminal court jailed deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's former chief of staff for three years Wednesday after he was convicted of abusing his powers, an official said. More »

  • Bomb kills 2 Egypt Military Academy students in Nile Delta Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says a roadside bomb has exploded in a Nile Delta city, killing two Military Academy students and wounding five other people. More »

  • Bomb in north Egypt kills two military academy students Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Two students from an Egyptian military academy were killed and six were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb targeting a minibus exploded in the northern city of Kafr al-Sheikh, two health ministry officials said. While members of Egypt's security forces have regularly been targeted in attacks claimed by Islamist militant groups in a wave of violence since 2013, this appeared to be the first such attack on young students linked to the army. Egypt is facing an insurgency mainly based in the North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since mid-2013, when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after protests against his rule. Kafr al-Sheikh is about 130 km (80 miles) north of Cairo in the mostly agricultural Delta region. More »

  • Military cadets killed in Egypt explosion
    Military cadets killed in Egypt explosion Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Officials say blast struck near stadium in Nile Valley city of Kafr al-Sheikh where cadets were waiting for their bus. More »

  • Egypt, Saudi mull military exercise amid Yemen airstrikes
    Egypt, Saudi mull military exercise amid Yemen airstrikes Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Saudi Arabia are considering whether to hold joint military exercises in the kingdom as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels in Yemen on Wednesday. More »

  • Two Egypt military cadets killed in bombing
    Two Egypt military cadets killed in bombing Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Two Egyptian military cadets were killed in a bombing north of Cairo on Wednesday as they waited to board a bus, officials said. More »

  • New U.N. site for flights in conflict zones issues warnings on Libya, Egypt Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A new United Nations website distributing warnings about risks to aircraft in conflict zones issued its first advisories on Wednesday, for countries including Libya, Iraq, Egypt and South Sudan. The website was set up after the downing of a Malaysian passenger aircraft over an area of fighting in Ukraine last year and is hosted by the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The initial advisories came from the United Kingdom, and warned of the risks of anti-aircraft weaponry in Libya, Iraq, South Sudan and the Sinai peninsula area of Egypt. More »

  • Egypt and Saudi Arabia discuss manoeuvres as Yemen
    Egypt and Saudi Arabia discuss manoeuvres as Yemen Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    By Mohamed Mukashaf ADEN (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday imposed an arms embargo targeting the Iran-allied Houthi rebels who now control most of Yemen as battles in the south of the country intensified. Egypt said it and Saudi Arabia had discussed holding a "major military manoeuvre" in Saudi Arabia with other Gulf states, following talks on the progress of the three-week-old Saudi-led campaign of air strikes against the Houthis in Yemen. Arab states have been bombing the Houthis in support of militias resisting an advance by the group and army units loyal to ousted former president Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The conflict, though rooted in local rivalries, has become a proxy battlefield for Sunni-ruled Saudi and mainly Shi'ite Iran, the main regional powers. More »

  • Egypt says discussed 'major military manoeuvre' in Saudi Arabia
    Egypt says discussed 'major military manoeuvre' in Saudi Arabia Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Egypt and Saudi Arabia have discussed holding a "major military manoeuvre" in Saudi Arabia with other Gulf states, the Egyptian presidency said, after the two countries discussed the progress of a Saudi-led campaign against Shi'ite militias in neighbouring Yemen. Egyptian naval and air forces are already participating in the campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, and Cairo has said it would supply ground forces "if necessary". Egypt said the topic of manoeuvres in the Saudi kingdom was discussed during a meeting between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Cairo on Tuesday. "It was agreed to form a joint military committee to discuss the implementation of a major strategic manoeuvre in the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the participation of a joint Arab force which includes troops from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states," the Presidency statement said. More »

  • Egypt court upholds ban on Libyan from country for being gay Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian administrative court has upheld a decision by the Interior Ministry banning a Libyan student from returning to the country because he is gay. More »

  • Egypt archaeologists find pharaoh chapel
    Egypt archaeologists find pharaoh chapel Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Archaeologists excavating an ancient temple site in Cairo have discovered part of a chapel used by a pharaoh about 2,300 years ago, Egypt's antiquities ministry said on Tuesday. More »

  • Egypt court upholds jail term for former Islamist candidate
    Egypt court upholds jail term for former Islamist candidate Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday upheld a seven-year prison sentence for a former Islamist presidential hopeful convicted of lying in nomination papers, a judicial source said. More »

  • Egypt upholds Islamist ex-presidential candidate's jail term - sources Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Egypt's highest civilian court on Tuesday upheld a seven-year jail term for an Islamist politician and ex-presidential candidate convicted of falsifying official documents, his lawyer and judicial sources said. Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a hardline Salafist Islamist, was one of many political figures arrested by the military after freely elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Abu Ismail was disqualified from the 2012 election when it emerged that his mother held U.S. citizenship. The High Court refused his appeal, making the earlier verdict final and unchallengeable, judicial sources said. More »

  • Seeking a solution for Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula
    Seeking a solution for Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    How can Egypt resolve its fight against armed groups and address accusations of marginalisation? More »

  • Egypt soldier killed a day after deadly Sinai blasts
    Egypt soldier killed a day after deadly Sinai blasts Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Separate militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed one soldier and wounded another Monday, a day after jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group killed 14 people in twin bombings. More »

  • Egypt official: Sniper kills soldier in north Sinai
    Egypt official: Sniper kills soldier in north Sinai Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian security official says a sniper using a silenced weapon has killed a soldier in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Attacks on troops in Egypt's Sinai kill at least 14
    Attacks on troops in Egypt's Sinai kill at least 14 Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — At least 14 people, mostly Egyptian policemen, were killed Sunday in separate operations when militants attacked a police station in the provincial capital of Egypt's northern Sinai, and detonated a roadside bomb against a passing armored vehicle, officials said. More »

  • 14 killed in IS bombings in Egypt's Sinai
    14 killed in IS bombings in Egypt's Sinai Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Two bomb attacks claimed by Egyptian jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group killed on Sunday at least 14 people in the restive Sinai Peninsula, including 11 security personnel. More »

  • Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use
    Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, state news agency MENA said on Sunday, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip. Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. It said the government had the right seize buildings on top of the tunnels or any of the tools used to make them. Residents of Sinai, who complain they have long been neglected by the state, say they rely on smuggling trade through tunnels for their living. More »

  • Egypt Muslim Brotherhood verdicts 'blatantly unjust' - Human Rights …
    Egypt Muslim Brotherhood verdicts 'blatantly unjust' - Human Rights … Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    An Egyptian court's decision to sentence 14 men to death and jail 37 others accused of ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood was "politically motivated" and "blatantly unjust", Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday. The court condemned Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 13 other senior members of the group to death on Saturday. American-Egyptian Mohamed Soltan, the son of a Brotherhood preacher who received a death sentence at the same hearing, was among those sentenced to life in jail. The men were among thousands of people detained after freely elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president. More »

  • Egypt to punish tunnel diggers with life in jail
    Egypt to punish tunnel diggers with life in jail Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday issued a decree making the digging or use of illegal tunnels in border areas punishable by life in jail. More »

  • Deadly attacks hit Egypt's North Sinai
    Deadly attacks hit Egypt's North Sinai Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    At least 12 people killed in two separate attacks, one targeting a police station and another an army car, police say. More »

  • Egypt police says it has arrested critical journalist Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has arrested a journalist on claims he is wanted in seven different cases — just days after he published a series of critical articles about the police. More »

  • Bomb targeting police station in Egypt's Sinai kills two - sources Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    A car bomb targeting a police station in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killed at least two people and wounded as many as 30 others, medical sources said on Sunday, the second bomb attack in the region in a day. Earlier on Sunday a roadside bomb killed six soldiers in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid. More »

  • Egypt security officials: Large explosion hits a main Sinai police station Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Egypt security officials: Large explosion hits a main Sinai police station. More »

  • Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, others to death
    Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, others to death Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    By Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, and gave a life term to a U.S.-Egyptian citizen for ties to the Brotherhood. The men were among thousands of people detained after freely elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president. Sisi describes the Brotherhood as a major security threat. The group says it is committed to peaceful activism and had nothing to do with Islamist militant violence in Egypt since Mursi's fall following mass protests against his rule. More »

  • Soldiers killed in blast in Egypt's North Sinai
    Soldiers killed in blast in Egypt's North Sinai Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Explosion targets military vehicle near town of Sheikh Zuweid, in latest in a long line of attacks on security forces. More »