Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Dec 18, 2014

Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Six months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi became Egypt’s president after crushing his opponents, criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of expression. A deadly crackdown on Islamist supporters of Sissi’s predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, whom he ousted last ...

Dec 15, 2014

Egypt unveils colossal statue of Amenhotep III in Luxor

Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled a restored colossal statue of Amenhotep III that was toppled in an earthquake more than 3,000 years ago at Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor. The statue showing him in a striding attitude was re-erected at the northern gate of ...

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

Dec 9, 2014

Four years on, hoped for Arab Spring's aims elude

It began with a spark, four years ago: An itinerant fruit seller, despairing of life in authoritarian Tunisia, set himself on fire and burned to death. It provoked a revolution, and the flames caught swiftly across a region that had known little but despotism ...

Dec 8, 2014

Canadian, British embassies in Cairo closed due to security concerns

Canada’s Embassy in Cairo was closed Monday until further notice because of security concerns, an official answering its emergency telephone line said, the second diplomatic mission to shut its doors this week. A message on the embassy’s website read: “The ability to provide consular ...

Egyptian court drops case against Mubarak over 2011 killings

Nov 30, 2014

Egyptian court drops case against Mubarak over 2011 killings

An Egyptian court has dropped its case against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and accountability. Mubarak, 86, was sentenced to life ...

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 ...