Nov 21, 2014

Egypt arrests senior Muslim Brotherhood member

Egypt on Thursday arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader who was a key negotiator between the government and the now blacklisted group, security officials said. Mohamed Ali Bishr was one of the last top Brotherhood members to have escaped a crackdown by the authorities ...

Nov 19, 2014

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence. The attack during ...

Nov 10, 2014

Egyptian militants pledge allegiance to Islamic State

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a jihadi organization based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula that has carried out several attacks targeting Egyptian security forces, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. The announcement reflects the growing regional appeal of Islamic State, a ...

Egypt to open Sphinx area to tourists again

Nov 10, 2014

Egypt to open Sphinx area to tourists again

Egypt will soon open to tourists the courtyard in front of the Sphinx, the colossal monument that has been under restoration for nearly four years, officials said on Sunday. Carved from a single ridge of stone, the Sphinx is one of the most visited ...

Bomb blast aboard Egyptian train kills four

Nov 7, 2014

Bomb blast aboard Egyptian train kills four

A bomb blast aboard a train north of Cairo killed four people, including two policemen, and wounded nine, officials said Thursday, the latest attack by suspected Islamic militants battling the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The blast took place shortly before midnight Wednesday ...

Nov 4, 2014

Egypt, Gulf Arab allies mulling anti-militant alliance

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned. The alliance would also ...

Egypt jails eight men over viral 'gay marriage' video

Nov 1, 2014

Egypt jails eight men over viral 'gay marriage' video

An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years Saturday over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the Internet. Homosexuality is not specifically banned under Egyptian law, so the men, arrested in September, were convicted of broadcasting ...

Oct 6, 2014

Egypt jihadist group releases video of beheadings of accused spies

An Egyptian jihadist group released a video Sunday showing the execution of four men, including three being beheaded, accused of spying for the army and for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service. It is the second time such gruesome footage has been released by Ansar Beit ...

Prominent Egyptian civil rights activist freed on bail

Sep 16, 2014

Prominent Egyptian civil rights activist freed on bail

Worn out but smiling, a prominent Egyptian activist facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a draconian protest law walked out of a Cairo prison Monday after a court ordered him freed on bail. The release of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who has emerged ...