The Osaka imam who represents Islam's growth in Japan

Nov 26, 2014

The Osaka imam who represents Islam's growth in Japan

An Egyptian legal scholar based in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, says he is working to increase understanding between the Japanese people and the more than 100,000 Muslims who live among them. Islam has gradually put down roots in Japan. There are now around 60 mosques, ...

Nov 24, 2014

Egypt willing to send troops to future Palestine

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in remarks published Sunday that Egypt is prepared to send troops into a future Palestinian state to assist local police and guarantee Israel’s security. In comments to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, el-Sissi said the troops would be stationed ...

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 ...