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Egypt court upholds life sentence against Morsi

Sep 16, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Court of Cassation upholds a life sentence – 25 years in prison in Egypt – on the charge of leading an illegal organization, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud says

MOHAMED MORSI. This file photo taken on June 18, 2016 shows Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, gesturing from behind the defendant's bars during his trial on espionage charges at a court in Cairo. File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Experts warn the increasingly bitter dispute could last into 2018 and beyond

SUPPORTING THE EMIR. In this file photo, Qataris write comments on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, on July 6, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Human Rights Watch says website blocked in Egypt after torture report

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Egypt has blocked at least 429 websites including some belonging to media outlets and civil society groups since May the Egyptian group Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression reports

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Egypt train crash toll hits 41 as cranes clear busy link

Aug 12, 2017 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED The accident also wounds 132 people with 79 being discharged after treatment while 53 remained in hospital on Saturday Health Minister Ahmed Emad el Din Rady says

TRAIN CRASH. A picture taken on August 12, 2017 shows a general view of people observing the wreckage of a fatal train collision in the area of Khorshid on the outskirts of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria from the day before. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt train collision kills at least 36 – health ministry

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:33 PM

UPDATED State television citing transport ministry officials report the crash was probably caused by a malfunction in one of the trains that brought it to a halt on the rails

Gulf diplomatic crisis splits families, dashes dreams

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf the reality of politics is stark: families divided assets frozen and dreams put on hold

CALM DAY. People walk on the corniche of the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Egyptologists go high tech to unlock ancient mysteries

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Advanced techniques coming into use are meant to be non invasive so as not to damage the ancient relics

Qatar files WTO complaint over Gulf trade 'siege'

Aug 01, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Qatar: The complaint accuses the siege countries of violating the WTO s core laws and conventions on trade of goods and services and trade related aspects of intellectual property

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

4 Arab states double down on Qatar boycott

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates Bahrain and Egypt say they are open to talks with Qatar on condition it stops its support and financing of terrorism

The flag of the State of Qatar (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The move by the 4 Arab governments comes despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks old boycott of their fellow US ally

The flag of the State of Qatar (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The emir also says Qatar was fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises and the international community recognizes this

EMIR ADDRESSES QATAR. An image grab taken from Qatar TV shows the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, delivering a televised speech to the nation in the capital Doha on July 21, 2017. HO/Qatar TV/AFP

Egypt to end visas on arrival for Qataris

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The measure which goes into effect on Thursday July 20 will not include spouses of Egyptians or university students who will be granted tourist visas on arrival foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid says

Egypt police probe motives of Red Sea beach attacker

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:59 PM

Berlin clarifies that the 2 fatalities are German nationals rather than Ukrainians as earlier reported

BEACH ATTACK. A picture taken on July 15, 2017 shows the entrance to the beach where an Egyptian stabbed to death two German tourists and injured 4 others the day before, in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada. Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

France aims to be 'facilitator' in Gulf crisis talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Qatar s foreign minister welcomes France s support for mediation aimed at finding a solution based on constructive dialogue and respect of state sovereignty and international law

FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET. French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani pose for a photo after a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on July 15, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Two Ukrainian women killed in Egypt beach resort attack

Jul 14, 2017 - 11:19 PM

UPDATED The assailant has been arrested and is being questioned to determine his motives the ministry says in a statement

5 Egypt police shot dead near capital

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The ministry says 3 gunmen opened fire on a police car and then fled killing a non commissioned officer 3 conscripts and a police employee

Tillerson meets Arab ministers over Qatar boycott

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:07 AM

The United States a longtime ally of Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia has given mixed signals about its policy on the Gulf crisis

WITH THE KING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on July 12, 2017, shows Saudi's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Jeddah. SPA/Handout/AFP

U.S. looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:21 AM

But the initiative has met a dismissive reaction from the Arab countries that imposed sanctions on Qatar last month

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

TILLERSON IN KUWAIT. A photo provided by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA on July 10, 2017 shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) receiving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City. KUNA / Handout / AFP

Saudi Arabia says Qatar boycott to remain in place

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED Saudi Arabia and its allies have not said what steps they could take next but there are fears of a wider embargo that would hurt the Qatari economy

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (C) talks to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) as their Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir (L) stands by, during a joint press conference after their meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 5, 2017, discussing the Gulf diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Khaled Elfiqi/Pool/AFP

Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies

Jul 05, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Saudi Arabia says they have received Qatar s response and that they will respond at the right time

OUTPOST. A picture taken on June 6, 2017 shows the Qatari embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Khaled Desouki/AFP

Qatar slams 'unrealistic' demands as deadline looms

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:04 AM

It s not about terrorism it s talking about shutting down the freedom of speech says Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Qatar to respond after Arab nations extend deadline

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Saudi Arabia and its allies say they have decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade

CALM. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Qatari FM: This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate

QATAR'S CAPITAL. This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Qatar says Saudi-led ultimatum unreasonable

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

UPDATED Qatar has been given 10 days to meet the demands which apparently include a call to close down broadcaster Al Jazeera but Doha said the requests are unrealistic

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for dialogue based on clear foundations over accusations that Qatar supports extremist groups

IN MOSCOW. Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Iran meanwhile announces it has sent tons of vegetables to Qatar since the diplomatic crisis began

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Bas/AFP

Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Trump s warning overshadows an earlier declaration from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who encouraged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea blockade of Qatar

TRUMP ON QATAR. US President Donald Trump demands that Qatar halt its alleged funding of extremists. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi, allies' terrorism list as 'baseless'

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Qatar does not support terrorist groups it stressed pointing out that our position on countering terrorism is stronger than many of the signatories of the joint statement

VISITING GERMANY. German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (l) and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani attend a press conference on June 9, 2017 at the Duke August library in Wolfenbuettel. Philipp von Ditfurth / dpa / AFP

Saudi, allies issue Qatar-linked 'terrorism' list

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:46 AM

They issued the list hours after Qatar says it will not surrender and rejects any interference in its foreign policy

LIFE GOES ON. A Qatari man sells balloons in front of the Fanar mosque at the popular Souq Waqif market, in the Qatari capital, Doha, on June 7, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan speaks to leaders in Qatar-Gulf row

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Spokesman: Erdogan has initiated diplomatic efforts to resolve this dispute between friends and brothers in line with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan

SEASIDE. A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows pigeons flying above the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Qatar diplomatic crisis spirals

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for a dialogue of openness and honesty to resolve the crisis

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

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Jun 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

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Arab nations cut ties with Qatar in major diplomatic crisis

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Qatar denies any support for extremists and accuses its Gulf neighbors of seeking to put the country under guardianship

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Qatar denounces 'unjustified' cut of Gulf ties

Jun 05, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Qatar foreign ministry: The measures are unjustified and are based on false and baseless claims

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Saudi, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE cut ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'

Jun 05, 2017 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED The cutting of diplomatic ties revives tensions from 2014 when Gulf countries recalled their ambassadors from Doha ostensibly over its support for the Muslim Brotherhood

The flag of Qatar at the UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

May 27, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Although for many Ramadan is a time for families to gather and break the fast with an iftar meal at sunset and socialize this year it has been marked by violence

HOLY MONTH. Filipino muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan at the Quiapo Islamic Center on May 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ISIS claims deadly attack on Egypt Christians

May 27, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The jihadist group claims in a statement that its fighters set up a checkpoint for the Christians as they headed to the monastery then killing them and setting one of their vehicles on fire

ISIS CLAIMS ATTACK. An image grab taken from Egypt's state-run Nile News TV channel on May 26, 2017 shows the remains of a bus that was attacked while carrying Egyptian Christians in Minya province, some 260 kms south of the capital Cairo, killing dozens people according to state media and the health ministry. TV Grab from Nile News/AFP

Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28

May 27, 2017 - 7:37 AM

No group has yet claimed responsibility for attacking the bus

AFTERMATH. Egyptian gather outside a hospital in Cairo's northern suburb of Shubra on May 26, 2017, following an attack in which 28 Coptic pilgirms were gunned down following a visit to a monastery. Photo by Mohamed El-Raai

26 killed in fresh attack on Egypt Christians

May 26, 2017 - 8:38 PM

The gunmen in 3 pick up trucks attacked the bus as it carried visitors to the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province before fleeing the interior ministry says

ATTACKED. An image grab taken from Egypt's state-run Nile News TV channel on May 26, 2017 shows the remains of a bus that was attacked while carrying Egyptian Christians in Minya province, killing dozens people according to state media and the health ministry. Image grab by Nile News/AFP

Egypt blocks several news sites including Jazeera

May 25, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Egypt has accused Jazeera of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement

17 mummies discovered in central Egypt – ministry

May 13, 2017 - 7:51 PM

The discovery is the first human necropolis found in central Egypt

'World's heaviest woman' hospitalized in Abu Dhabi

May 05, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty arrived in India on a specially modified Airbus plane in February and has now shed an astonishing 323 kilograms in 3 months

HOSPITALIZED. This handout photograph released by The Saifee Hospital on March 9, 2017, shows Egyptian patient Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty as she lies in a hospital bed at The Saifee Hospital in Mumbai on March 8, 2017, after an operation. File photo by Saifee Hospital/AFP

Trump's fondness for strongmen trumps rights concerns

May 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Donald Trump s latest invitations fit a pattern that has outraged human rights defenders and given pause to even some of usually hardheaded realists in the Washington foreign policy set

FISTBUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pope Francis leads mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Egypt s Catholic community is estimated at about 272 000

PEACE AND TOLERANCE. Pope Francis announces his visit to Egypt on April 25. Screengrab from The Vatican YouTube video

Pope Francis heads for Egypt as 'pilgrim of peace'

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Pope Francis 27 hours on Egyptian soil will include a meeting with the grand imam of the Al Azhar mosque sealing a recent improvement in relations between Catholicism and the Sunni branch of Islam

HEADING TO EGYPT. Pope Francis waves goodbye during a departure ceremony at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, on January 15, 2015. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachch/AFP

Egypt Copts ready for Easter mass despite attacks

Apr 15, 2017 - 12:13 PM

The faithful will spend a large part of Easter eve going through arduous security checks outside places of worship

EASTER. Egyptian Christians take part in the Good Friday procession at the Arch Angels Greek Orthodox Church in the capital Cairo, on April 14, 2017. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 13, 2017

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:26 AM

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