Egypt

  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower 4 days ago

    Gaza: Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story 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 5 days ago

    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 Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in a month-old 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 Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi 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 Al-Masry Al-Youm 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 Egyptian-proposed 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 Israeli-Palestinian 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 cross-border warfare, and be followed by talks to prevent further hostilities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to convene his decision-making security cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the proposed...
  • Egypt court acquits Morsi-era 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 one-year rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, was earlier sentenced to one year jail-term 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 el-Mehwar TV channel. "This raise in prices is a hard way but...
  • 22 injured in Egypt's pro-Morsi 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 anti-government 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 Al-Jazeera journalists June 24, 2014

    An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison on terrorism-related 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 Al-Jazeera journalists to 7 years in jail June 23, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court has convicted three journalists for Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges. The three of them - Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian 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 al-Sisi's inauguration. Sunday night's assault took place as thousands of people enjoyed inauguration festivities, raising new worries about Egypt's commitment...
  • Egypt's President el-Sissi 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 Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi also called for the decisive implementation of a new law that punishes convicted harassers...
  • Former Army chief El-Sisi sworn in as Egypt President June 9, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in on Sunday as president for a four-year term, taking the reins of power in a nation roiled since 2011 by deadly unrest and economic woes. El-Sisi's inauguration came less than a year after the 59-year-old career infantry officer ousted the country's...
  • Sisi declared Egypt president-elect with 96.9 per cent votes June 4, 2014

    Cairo: Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.9 percent of votes in Egypt's presidential election, the electoral commission announced Tuesday, almost a year after he overthrew elected Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi. Turnout in last week's election, hastily extended to three days amid fears of low turnout, was 47.45 percent, said commission...
  • Chennai: Egypt government officials visit Amma Canteen, keen to replicate it May 31, 2014

    Officials from the Egypt government on Saturday visited the popular state-run "Amma Canteen" that sells food at a subsidised price and said they would come up with a similar model in their country. Eng Mohammed Adel Rezek, accreditation director, Ministry of Trade and Industry (Egypt) and Ahmed Khalil, technical assessor, visited...
  • Strongman Sisi poised to win Egypt presidency May 25, 2014

    Egyptians vote this week in a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted the elected Islamist leader, is expected to easily win amid calls for stability. The election on Monday and Tuesday caps more than three years of political turmoil that has seen two presidents ousted following...
  • Egypt's Mubarak convicted of graft, gets 3 years in prison May 21, 2014

    An Egyptian court has convicted ousted President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced him to three years in prison. In Wednesday's hearing in Cairo, Mubarak's two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each. The Mubaraks were convicted...
  • Egypt courts convict 170 of violent attacks in mass trials May 18, 2014

    Cairo: A pair of Egyptian courts on Sunday convicted 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year, the country's latest mass trials ahead of this month's presidential elections. The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh...
  • Indian doctors more likely to be stopped from practicing in UK: Report May 6, 2014

    London: Indian doctors are at least four times more likely to be struck off from practising in UK than medics who are trained locally, according to latest figures. According to statistics from the General Medical Council (GMC), in the past five years, 117 doctors trained in India and Pakistan have...
  • Egypt court sentences 102 Islamists to 10 years in jail May 4, 2014

    Cairo: More than 100 supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi were sentenced to ten years in jail on Saturday on charges of killing and inciting violence, judicial sources said. The verdicts for the 102 defendants, handed down ahead of a May 26-27 presidential election, relate to deaths that occurred...