EGYPT

  • Envoy hails India-Egypt bilateral, trade links Yesterday

    Cairo: Over 50 large Indian companies have a strong presence in Egypt with investments worth over USD 2.5 billion, India's envoy to the Arab nation said. Noting that the bilateral trade between the two countries has reached USD 4.94 billion in 2013-2014, Indian ambassador to Egypt, Navdeep Suri lauded the...
  • Egypt celebrates Eid al-Adha despite terror attack threats October 5, 2014

    Cairo: Streets across Egypt were on Saturday thronged by Muslims celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha holiday despite fears of attacks by Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM). The ABM had posted an online video two days ago in which the group had threatened that it would launch...
  • Egypt court jails 73 Muslim Brotherhood members September 25, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 73 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to 15 years in prison for assaulting a police station a year ago. They were convicted of violence, sabotage, attempted murder, robbery of security headquarters equipment, and weapons possessions in the Delta province of Kafr-el-Sheikh following the...
  • Egypt on frontline in fight against IS militants, says John Kerry September 13, 2014

    Cairo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said that Egypt was on the "frontline of fighting terrorism" as he met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah ElSisi in his effort to build a broad coalition against Islamic State terrorists who have seized large chunks of land in Iraq and Syria. Kerry,...
  • Egypt to host Gaza reconstruction conference on October 12 September 10, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt will host a donors conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip on October 12 in Cairo following the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, the Egyptian foreign minister said on Tuesday. The announcement carried on the state news agency came after Norway's foreign minister...
  • Egypt arrests seven over 'gay marriage' video September 7, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt has arrested seven men accused of debauchery for taking part in a "gay marriage" video that spread on social media networks, state media reported. Homosexuality is not included in a list of sexual offences explicitly outlawed by Egyptian law, but it can be punished under several different statutes...
  • Egypt court bans Al Jazeera for alleged spread of 'hatred' September 3, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered a ban on Al Jazeera for promoting "hatred" among Egyptians and "undermining national unity", a staterun daily reported. The administrative court also ordered the withdrawal of licenses issued to the channel on the Egyptian Nilesat communication satellites, Xinhua reported citing Ahram newspaper. This is the...
  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower August 24, 2014

    Gaza: Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of truce talks is unlikely, despite...
  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages August 24, 2014

    Gaza: Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the center of Gaza City. Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel, hitting the southern city...
  • US snaps back at Egypt's criticism of Ferguson unrest August 20, 2014

    Ferguson: A US official on Tuesday snapped back at Egypt after criticism from Cairo over possible human rights violations in the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. "We here in the United States will put our record for confronting our problems transparently and honestly and openly up against any other countries in...
  • Mummies in Egypt began long before Age of Pharoahs August 14, 2014

    Washington: The earliest evidence of mummification in Egypt suggests that the practice of wrapping bodies to preserve them after death began around 1,000 years earlier than thought, said a study on Thursday. The study in the journal PLOS ONE is the first to describe resins and linens used as funeral wrappings...
  • Israel strikes Gaza after militants resume rocket fire August 9, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday in response to Palestinian rockets after Egyptianmediated talks failed to extend a 72hour truce in a monthold war. Egypt later called for a resumption of the ceasefire, saying only a few points remained to be agreed. Palestinian factions said they...
  • Egyptian initiative 'real chance' to end Gaza crisis: Sisi August 2, 2014

    Cairo: President AbdelFattah elSisi on Saturday said the Egyptian ceasefire initiative is a "real chance" to end the crisis in the beseiged Gaza Strip, where Israel and Hamas are locked in an intense fighting for the past 26 days. "The Egyptian proposal is the real chance to find a solution to...
  • Tom Hanks in Egypt to film 'Hologram for the King' July 20, 2014

    Cairo: Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film "A Hologram for the King" in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country's state news agency reported Saturday. Hanks arrived Friday in Egypt and told the local independent daily newspaper AlMasry AlYoum that it was his...
  • Hamas tells Egypt it rejects Gaza ceasefire proposal July 16, 2014

    Gaza: Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptianproposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Wednesday. "The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologises for not accepting it,"...
  • Egypt proposes ceasefire in IsraeliPalestinian conflict July 15, 2014

    Gaza: Egypt has proposed a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza that would start on Tuesday, ending a week of crossborder warfare, and be followed by talks to prevent further hostilities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to convene his decisionmaking security cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the proposed...
  • Egypt court acquits Morsiera Prime Minister July 13, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted former prime minister Hesham Qandil of charges of law violation for not carrying out a court order. Qandil, who served during the oneyear rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, was earlier sentenced to one year jailterm for violating a court order to terminate the...
  • Death toll in Gaza reaches 78 as Israelis hint at invasion July 11, 2014

    Gaza/ Jerusalem: At least 78 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday as militants in the enclave kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities. As Israeli officials seemed to hint at a possible invasion by ground forces,...
  • Egypt PM rejects public outrage against fuel price hike July 6, 2014

    Cairo: Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has rejected public outrage against the recent hike in fuel prices and asked them to accept the decision. Mahlab said this on Saturday during a phone interview with "90 Minutes program" on elMehwar TV channel. "This raise in prices is a hard way but...
  • 22 injured in Egypt's proMorsi protests July 5, 2014

    Cairo: At least 22 people were injured on Friday during clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who held antigovernment protests across Egypt, a health ministry official said. "As many as 17 people were injured in Cairo's Ain Shams area, one at Giza's Pyramids City...
  • New York Times prints a blank back page in support of jailed AlJazeera journalists June 24, 2014

    An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three AlJazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison on terrorismrelated charges after a trial dismissed by rights groups as a politically motivated sham. The verdict brought a landslide of international condemnation and calls for the newly elected president to intervene. The...
  • France denounces Egypt's decision to sentence journalists June 24, 2014

    Paris: France denounced Egypt's decision to sentence three journalists up to seven years in jail and called for freedom of expression, media reported Tuesday. "It is important that the Egyptian authorities ensure journalists' protection and guarantee a fair trial to defendants based on an independent investigation," Xinhua quoted Foreign Affairs Ministry's...
  • Egypt court sentences three AlJazeera journalists to 7 years in jail June 23, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court has convicted three journalists for AlJazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorismrelated charges. The three of them Australian correspondent Peter Greste, CanadianEgyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed, were sentenced on Monday. Mohammed was sentenced to...
  • Egypt court upholds death sentences for 183 Morsi supporters June 21, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld the death sentences for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members, including leader Mohamed Badie, media reported. Of the 683 defendants in the case, 183 were sentenced to death, four were sentenced to life imprisonment, and 496 defendants were acquitted, Al Ahram online reported. The defendants were accused...
  • Egypt Muslim Brotherhood chief given new death sentence June 19, 2014

    Cairo: A court in Egypt on Thursday sentenced to death Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 13 others over violence that killed 10 people in Cairo in summer 2013. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, hundreds of his supporters and Badie himself have already been sentenced...
  • Egyptian PM Mehleb's new government sworn in June 17, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb was sworn in on Tuesday at the head of a new government that retained key economic and security ministers but created a new investment post to attract funds to an economy racked by years of political turmoil. Mehleb, followed by his ministers, took the oath...
  • Egypt police confiscate rights group's publication June 15, 2014

    Cairo: Egyptian security forces confiscated copies of a human rights group's newsletter, and arrested a worker in the print shop, saying the publication threatened the government, the head of the group said today. Gamal Eid, the head of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, said police seized 1,000 copies of...
  • YouTube asked to remove video of sexual assault victim June 14, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video showing a naked woman with injuries being dragged through Cairo's Tahrir Square after being sexually assaulted during celebrations for President Abdel Fattah alSisi's inauguration. Sunday night's assault took place as thousands of people enjoyed inauguration festivities, raising new worries about Egypt's commitment...
  • Egypt: 7 arrested for assaulting women on presidential inauguration June 11, 2014

    Egyptian security officials say police have arrested seven men for sexually assaulting a 19yearold student during celebrations marking the inauguration of a new President. Video footage posted on social media shows the student completely naked with parts of her body bloodied as policemen struggle to escort her out of Cairo's...
  • Egypt's President elSissi weighs in on sexual harassment June 10, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt's new president has weighed in on one of the nation's most troubling social ills, ordering his interior minister to do whatever it takes to combat sexual harassment. A presidential spokesman says AbdelFattah elSissi also called for the decisive implementation of a new law that punishes convicted harassers...