EGYPT

  • After tasting power, former Egyptian president Mursi sent to prison 6 days ago

    Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday, nearly three years after he was declared Egypt's first freely elected president. Mursi stood in a cage in court as judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him and 12 other Brotherhood members,...
  • Would love to shoot in Egypt again: Amitabh Bachchan April 1, 2015

    Cairo: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who returned to Egypt after a gap of 24-years, said he was bowled over by the love and affection showered on him and would love shoot in the country of Pyramids again. Bachchan's first trip to the country was in 1975. He is currently here on...
  • Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered in Israel March 29, 2015

    Tel Aviv: Fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered on a building site in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said. Excavation director Diego Barkan said 17 pits were found that had been used to store produce in the Early...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff March 26, 2015

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • More than 25,000 Egyptians flee Libya after IS beheadings February 27, 2015

    Cairo: More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighbouring Libya since the Islamic State group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Egypt carried out air strikes against jihadist targets in Libya on February 16 in retaliation for the executions...
  • Egypt strikes IS group in Libya after video of mass beheading surfaces February 16, 2015

    Cairo: Egypt on Monday launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheading of several Egyptian Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio on Monday,...
  • Video purports to show IS militants beheading Egyptian hostages February 16, 2015

    Cairo: A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released on Sunday by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group. The killings raise the possibility that the Islamic militant group - which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq in a self-declared caliphate...
  • Egypt court releases Al-Jazeera English journalists on bail February 12, 2015

    Cairo: An Egyptian judge has ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera English journalists, demanding that the Canadian defendant pay a $33,000 bail, pending their retrial. The judge ordered the release of all defendants at the retrial's opening on Thursday. The fiance of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy cheered in jubilation: "Long Live...
  • Egypt suspend football league after fans die in Cairo February 9, 2015

    Cairo: Egyptian authorities on Monday suspended national football league matches indefinitely following the death of 22 people in Cairo. Supporters of football club Zamalek were crushed after police fired tear gas at them while they were trying to force their way in for a match against city rivals ENPPI, reports BBC. "Suddenly...
  • Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste leaves Egypt for Australia February 1, 2015

    Cairo: Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste left Egypt for his native Australia on Sunday after serving 400 days in a Cairo prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. There was no immediate word on the fate of his two Al Jazeera colleagues - Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy...
  • Iconic Egyptian actress Faten Hamama dies at 83 January 18, 2015

    Cairo: Iconic Egyptian actress Faten Hamama died Saturday after suffering a medical crisis. She was 83. Hamama was admitted several weeks ago to a Cairo hospital and was later released, but then had to be hospitalised again when her health deteriorated, the official Egyptian agency MENA reported. She was one of Egypt's...
  • Egyptian cleric warns Charlie Hebdo against publishing 'racist' cartoons January 13, 2015

    Cairo: Egypt's Grand Mufti warned the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday against publishing a new caricature of the Prophet Mohammad, saying it was a racist act that would incite hatred and upset Muslims around the world. Charlie Hebdo is due to publish a front page on Wednesday showing a...
  • Egypt to hold parliamentary election from March 21 January 9, 2015

    Cairo: Egypt will hold parliamentary election from March 21 to May 7, the country's supreme election committee said on Thursday. According to reports, choosing a new parliament was a key and final step of the political roadmap announced by the army after it overthrew the country's first freely-elected president, Mohamed Morsi,...
  • One million mummies in Egyptian cemetery! December 19, 2014

    Archaeologists in Egypt say they have found a cemetery that contains more than one million mummies, dating back some 1500 years or more. Find out more. ...
  • Egypt court sentences 188 to death for killing police December 3, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced 188 people to death over charges of murdering 11 police officers in 2013, media reported. The ruling will be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest Islamist legal official, for a legal opinion before carrying out the executions, Xinhua quoted state-run Ahram Arabic news...
  • Egypt: Outrage against Hosni Mubarak verdict, one killed in protests November 30, 2014

    Cairo: At least one person was killed and nine others injured when police clashed with demonstrators who were protesting in Cairo to denounce an Egyptian court's verdict to drop a murder charge against ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Over 3,000 protesters took to the streets and gathered near Tahrir Square on Saturday...
  • Egypt court dismisses criminal charges against Hosni Mubarak November 29, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court has dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. Mubarak, 86, was also acquitted of corruption charges that he faced along with his sons Alaa and Gamal. Mubarak was convicted and...
  • Verdict due in murder retrial of Egypt's Mubarak November 29, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court is to deliver on Saturday its verdict in the murder retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak, almost four years after he was overthrown in a popular uprising. Mubarak, 86, is accused along with seven of his former police commanders of involvement in the killing of hundreds of...
  • 19 killed, 8 injured in building collapse in Egypt November 26, 2014

    Cairo: At least 19 people have been killed and eight others injured when an eight-story building collapsed in Egypt's Matariya district. Around four surrounding buildings near the collapsed structure have been evacuated. Rescue teams were searching for other survivors trapped under the rubble, an official source said on Tuesday. The collapse was...
  • Egypt could send forces to stabilise Palestinian state: Sisi November 23, 2014

    Rome: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview published on Sunday that he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilise it. Sisi, who begins his first European trip on Monday since ousting his Islamist predecessor, made the comments in an interview with...
  • Egyptian children awarded for winning 'Glimpses of India' November 11, 2014

    Cairo: About hundred Egyptian school children were felicitated for winning a painting competition held across Cairo city for nurturing a bond between the people of India and Egypt by highlighting India's rich cultural heritage. Hundred winners from 15 different categories of annual "Glimpses of India" contest were given prizes at...
  • Egypt jails eight men over gay marriage video November 1, 2014

    Cairo: Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in jail on Saturday on charges of spreading indecent images and inciting debauchery after they appeared in an online video purporting to show the country's first gay marriage ceremony. The judge ruled that they would also be subject to police supervision following...
  • Egyptian PM praises Indian manufacturing facilities October 29, 2014

    Cairo: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has praised the scale of the Indian manufacturing facilities in Egypt as he visited a chemical plant with the largest Indian investment in the country. Mehleb visited TCI Sanmar plant, the largest Indian investor in Egypt's chemical business, in Port Said with six cabinet ministers...
  • Envoy hails India-Egypt bilateral, trade links October 21, 2014

    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...