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Blast hits Egypt tourist bus

May 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Images circulating online show some of the bus' windows shattered

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'The principle of African solutions to African problems is the only way to deal with common challenges facing us,' Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says in his opening remarks

ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI. Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi give a joint press conference with the Ivorian president at the presidential palace in Abidjan, on April 11. Photo by Issoue Sanogo/AFP

Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Despite protests from human rights groups, the 3-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule until at least 2024

EGYPT REFERENDUM. Elderly Egyptian women cast their ballots in a box as they vote at a polling station in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at a school in the capital Cairo's northern neighborhood of Shubra, on the first day of a three-day poll, on April 20, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

Egypt urged to reveal whereabouts of missing deportees

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Human Rights Watch says those deported are now 'at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment in Egypt' and 'could face severe torture and unfair trials'

FUNERAL. Egyptian soldiers stand guard outside the Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi Mosque, during the funeral of Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who died hours after a powerful explosion hit his convoy yesterday, in the capital Cairo on June 30, 2015. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist freed from jail

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The photographer, widely known as Shawkan, faces 5 years of strict supervision and will be required to spend every night sleeping at his local police station, but he vows to resume his work

FREED. Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, carries a camera at his home in the capital Cairo on March 4, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

800 Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:23 PM

it is the first permission granted for the Muslim umrah pilgrimage since the start of Egyptian military operations in northern Sinai in 2014

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca.  More than 1.8 million faithful from around the world have been attending the annual pilgrimage which officially ends on September 15.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Fiery crash at Cairo train station kills 20

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:19 PM

After the accident, the cabinet announces that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has accepted the resignation of Transport Minister Hisham Arafat

DEADLY CRASH. Fire fighters and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. Photo by Stringer/AFP

Turkish President Erdogan lashes out at Sisi over Egypt executions

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'I will never talk to someone like him,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

LASHING OUT. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hits the execution of 9 people in Egypt, saying he 'will never' talk to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Egypt parliament votes to extend Sisi presidency

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The key amendment endorsed Wednesday calls for extending the president's term in office from 4 years to 6, parliament says on its website

EXTENDING THE PRESIDENCY. Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term, on April 2, 2018.  File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Egypt unveils more than 40 ancient mummies

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

An archaeologist says 12 children and 6 animals were among the mummies, while the rest were adult men and women

This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows newly-discovered mummies wrapped in linen found in burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (323-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)

Egypt university expels female student for hugging male friend

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:24 PM

The university says hugging between unmarried men and women violates 'the values and principles of society'

Vietnamese relatives of bus blast victims arrive in Egypt

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:59 PM

A group of 5, which included family members, arrives in the capital two days after a blast hit a tour bus killing 3 Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide

EGYPT BUS BLAST. Vietnam's ambassador to Egypt (C) arrives outside the hospital where Vietnamese victims of an attack on a tourist bus where taken in Al-Haram district in the Egyptian capital Cairo's western twin city of Giza on December 28, 2018. Photo by AFP

Tourists throng Egypt pyramids after bombing, but future clouded

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Egyptians working at the world-famous tourist site are concerned the bombing's aftermath may affect their livelihoods

THRIVING AGAIN. Tourists gather at the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on December 29, 2018. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Egypt kills 40 'terrorists' in crackdown after Giza attack

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The suspects are killed in separate raids in the Giza governorate – the scene of a deadly bombing on Friday – and in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry says

TOURIST BUS BOMBING. This picture taken on December 28, 2018 shows a tourist bus which was attacked being towed away from the scene, in Giza province, south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old,' says Egypt's antiquities minister

At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM

'The terrible global assault on journalists that has intensified in the past few years shows no sign of abating,' says Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon

Egypt rounds up dozens of human rights defenders – HRW

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Human Rights Watch calls on Egyptian authorities to 'immediately reveal all the detainees' whereabouts, release all of those arrested solely for exercising their rights, and bring any others swiftly before a judge to review their detention'

Hamas announces ceasefire with Israel after worst escalation in years

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the military have yet to comment on the announcement

Despite pressure in Egypt, ISIS still able to strike

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Since December 2016, jihadist attacks in Egypt have left more than 100 Christians dead

ANOTHER ATTACK. Egyptians carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed a day earlier in the restive Sinai Peninsula in an attack by the Islamic State group, during a funeral ceremony in the 10th of Ramadan city, about 60 kms north of Cairo, on July 8, 2017. Photo by Mahmoud Bakkar/AFP

Court sentences Egypt activist who slammed sexual harassment

Sep 30, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Amnesty International denounces the 'disgraceful' verdict against Amal Fathi who, it says, is sentenced 'simply for her courage to speak out against sexual harassment'

Egypt court hands 5-year jail term to photojournalist Shawkan

Sep 08, 2018 - 6:19 PM

However, Shawkan should be able to walk free after already having spent 5 years in jail

JAILED PHOTOJOURNALIST. In this file photo, photographer Mahmoud Abu Zeid, known as Shawkan, gestures from inside a soundproof glass dock during his trial in the capital Cairo on August 9, 2016. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Here’s how you can watch Paul McCartney ‘live’

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The music legend is holding a concert to celebrate his new album 'Egypt Station'

PAUL MCCARTNEY. The Beatles legend is streaming his concert live on YouTube. Screenshot from Twitter.com/Paul McCartney

Man throws explosive device by U.S. embassy in Cairo

Sep 04, 2018 - 11:08 PM

No one was wounded in the explosion and no significant damage was caused, security and judicial sources say, without specifying the type of device involved

Egypt president approves law clamping down on social media

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The law allows the Egyptian government to suspend or block any personal account which 'publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred'

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Cairo bans street sheep slaughter for Eid holiday

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is marked by Muslims sacrificing animals according to religious traditions at the end of the hajj annual pilgrimage

SACRIFICE. Sheep like these in Syria, will be slaughtered when Muslims across the world will celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

Egypt says 12 'terrorists' killed in Sinai shootout

Aug 12, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The deadly exchange of fire takes place after the authorities received information that 'terrorist elements' were hiding in the area

Egypt court hands down 75 death sentences

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:51 PM

It is the largest single case of capital punishment convictions.

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Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Egypt, which ranks in the bottom tier of the World Press Freedom Index, is set to ratify a bill that will place social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers under a government committee

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFO


Batang Gilas escapes Egypt for first World Cup win

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The also-ran Philippine basketball youth team salvages a win in the classification match as Kai Sotto drops a monster double-double

NEXT CHALLENGE. The Batang Gilas squad bannered by Kai Sotto faces New Zealand next in a battle for 13th place. Photo from FIBA

WATCH: Paul McCartney shows James Corden his hometown in 'Carpool Karaoke'

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Paul not only sings some of the Beatles' biggest hits like 'Blackbird' and 'A Hard Day's Night,' but also his new song, 'Come On to Me'

DRIVE MY CAR. Paul McCartney drives around Liverpool with James Corden for an episode of 'Carpool Karaoke.' Screenshot from YouTube.com/TheLateLateShow

Uruguay, Russia reach World Cup knockout phase

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Luis Suarez scores the winner on his 100th international appearance to send Uruguay into last 16 with host Russia

BACK AT IT. Luis Suarez (left) and Uruguay secure a berth in the knockout stage after downing Yasser Al-Shahrani and Saudi Arabia in their Group A match. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Russia sours Salah's return to close in on last 16

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Egyptian star Salah disappoints as the Pharaohs get crushed by Russia

STRUGGLE. Egypt's Mohamed Salah (left) fights for the ball with Russia's Fedor Koudryashov in the match handily won by the host. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

All eyes on Salah as World Cup host takes on Egypt

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Egypt is in a must-win situation after losing its opening game to Uruguay

POSSIBLE APPEARANCE? The "Egyptian King" Mohamed Salah might just make his first World Cup appearance against hosts Russia. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Uruguay strikes late to beat Egypt as Salah sits out match

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Jose Gimenez scores last-gasp goal as Uruguay kicks off its FIFA World Cup 2018 bid with a dramatic win

CLUTCH. Uruguay's defender Jose Gimenez celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Egypt. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

FIFA World Cup 2018: 5 potential group stage highlights

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

From Spain's sudden sacking of its coach to Egypt star Salah's doubtful return, here are some moments to look out for in the global football showpiece

CHAOTIC. Andres Iniesta (left), Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spanish players try to stay focused even as training gets thrown into turmoil after coach Julen Lopetegui got fired on the eve of the World Cup. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mohamed Salah included in final Egypt World Cup squad

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The Liverpool star is expected to miss Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay due to a shoulder injury

RARING TO COME BACK. Mohamed Salah is still recovering from a shoulder injury. File photo by Paul Ellis/AFP


Egypt's Sisi sworn in for second term in office

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will have two major challenges to tackle in his second term: security and economic recovery

REELECTED. In this file photo, supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square following his re-election for a second term, on April 2, 2018. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Injured Liverpool striker Salah holds out hope for World Cup stint

May 31, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Likely sidelined for 3 weeks, the Egyptian star is expected to miss the opening match

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Salah is in Valencia for rehabilitation after injuring his shoulder in the Champions League. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

May 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Qatar's Government Communications Office says it is trying to 'protect the safety of consumers,' amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis

CLOSED BORDER. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Egypt court orders one-month YouTube block over Islam film

May 26, 2018 - 11:35 PM

A lower court's 2013 order – blocking YouTube after it carried the controversial film 'Innocence of Muslims' – is upheld

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

May 18, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Egypt president Sisi says the decision to keep the crossing open was taken 'to alleviate the suffering' of residents in the Palestinian enclave

OPEN. Palestinians wait to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 18, 2018. Photo by Said Khatiob/AFP

Egypt President Sisi says in talks with Palestinians, Israel

May 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'I hope that this message reaches our Palestinian brothers that self-expression and protest over this decision does not lead them to measures that could lead to more victims,' Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says

TALKS. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urges Israel and the Palestinians to abstain from further steps that could lead to more Palestinian deaths. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Amnesty International accuses Egypt of 'torture' in solitary confinement

May 07, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Amnesty's investigation 'reveals that prisoners detained on politically motivated charges are being held in prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Egypt – at times for several years – which in and of itself amounts to torture'

Egypt army says 8 soldiers, 14 jihadists killed in Sinai attack

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The military says it was able to 'foil a large terrorist operation'

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