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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 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

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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Egypt's Sisi sweeps vote with 97%, though turnout was down

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The head of Egypt's election authority Lasheen Ibrahim says turnout was 41.05% of the almost 60 million registered voters

Egypt says 6 jihadists, 2 soldiers killed in Sinai operation

Apr 01, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The 6 jihadists are killed in an exchange of fire as the army launched a raid against a 'very dangerous terrorist cell'

Egypt's Sisi reelected with 92% of vote – state media

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Two million spoil their ballot papers, inserting the names of candidates who were not among the only two approved

AL-SISI. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2016. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Salah sold on cheap to Liverpool before 'Neymar effect' – Roma chief

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Neymar revolutionizes the transfer market after Salah went to Liverpool

'NEYMAR EFFECT'. Roma sporting director Monchi says that the value of Salah should've been higher when he transferred to Liverpool.

Policeman dead in pre-election bombing in Egypt's Alexandria

Mar 24, 2018 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) 4 others are injured in the attack that targeted the convoy of the city's security chief

AFTERMATH. Egyptian forensics check a destroyed vehicle at the site of a bomb attack in the northern port city of Alexandria, which hit a convoy of the city's security chief, on March 24, 2018. Photo by AFP

Ronaldo's last-gasp two-goal show steals Salah limelight

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Mohammed Salah had a 1-0 lead until Ronaldo bested him during stoppage time

LAST GASP. Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his second goal during the international friendly football match between Portugal and Egypt at Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on March 23, 2018. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Egypt on Sunday before his trip to the United Kingdom. He will visit the United States later in March.

SAUDI HEIR. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

At least 10 killed as Egypt trains collide

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:04 PM

The collision between the freight train and the passenger train takes place in Behaira province.

Egypt anti-jihadist sweep kills 28 militants

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The security sweep comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking re-election in March, after a first term in office that has seen him crack down on an Islamist insurgency and other opponents

Egypt military accuses presidential hopeful of committing crimes

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The general command of the Egyptian armed forces makes the allegations against General Sami Anan in a video posted on its official Facebook page

SAMI ANAN. An image grab taken from a handout video provided on January 20, 2018 by the official Facebook page of Sami Anan shows him reading a speech as he announced his intention to run in the March 26-28 presidential election. Screenshot from Sami Anan Official Presidential Campaign/AFP

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Jan 17, 2018 - 10:12 AM

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Rachel Peters, Chanel Thomas, and Katarina Rodriguez is sent-off to their respective pageants on November 6, 2017 at the Novotel Hotel in Quezon City.

Egypt extends state of emergency

Jan 09, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Under Egypt's constitution, the 3-month state of emergency can only be renewed once, but the president can subsequently reinstate it

ALEXANDRIA BLAST. Egyptians gather by debris resulting from a blast which struck outside the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria as worshippers attended Palm Sunday mass earlier on April 9, 2017. File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Clashes in Cairo after detainee dies at police station

Jan 06, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Nine people are injured and 40 people are arrested in the overnight clashes in Cairo's Moqattam district

Egyptian police stand guard outside a hospital in Cairo's northern suburb of Shubra on May 26, 2017. File photo by Mohamed El-Raai/AFP

Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:09 PM

(UPDATED) The gunman also wounds 5 security guards outside the church