Feb 25, 2015

Australia imposes sanctions on Egypt-based militant group

Australia on Wednesday imposed financial sanctions on the Egypt-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement that the sanctions accorded with a United Nations Security Council resolution on preventing and suppressing terrorist acts. Breaching the sanctions carries a ...

15,000 Egyptians flee to homeland after Libya killings

Feb 24, 2015

15,000 Egyptians flee to homeland after Libya killings

Almost 15,000 Egyptians have flocked home from war-torn Libya via the border crossing at Sallum, state media reported Monday, after Islamic State group jihadis murdered 21 Coptic Christians. Last week Egyptian and Libyan warplanes hit Islamic State targets inside Libya after the jihadis released ...

Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over 'bad' security

Feb 24, 2015

Egypt shuts embassy in Yemen over 'bad' security

Egypt shut its embassy in Sanaa and recalled all its staff Monday due to deteriorating security, state media said, joining a diplomatic exodus since Shiite militia seized the Yemeni capital. Long on the front line of the U.S. war against al-Qaida, Yemen has descended ...

1,000 Egyptians evacuated from strife-hit Libya via Tunisia

Feb 24, 2015

1,000 Egyptians evacuated from strife-hit Libya via Tunisia

At least 1,000 Egyptians have been evacuated from Libya through Tunisia since Friday, the Tunisian transport ministry said, following the murder of Coptic Christians by the Islamic State group. Last week Egyptian and Libyan warplanes hit Islamic State targets inside Libya after the jihadis ...

Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

Feb 19, 2015

Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

When President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said people should not moan about Egypt because it was not like war-ravaged Iraq or Syria, his remark gave birth to a joke: New Egyptian passports should read “The Country not like Iraq or Syria.” Gags like this are in ...

Egypt now West ally after IS air raids in Libya

| Feb 17, 2015

Egypt now West ally after IS air raids in Libya

By targeting the Islamic State group with airstrikes in Libya, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, having crushed Islamist opponents at home, has become a key ally of the West against jihadis, experts say. His warplanes bombed IS camps and weapons stores in the Libyan city ...

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

Feb 17, 2015

Pope decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

Pope Francis expressed deep sadness at the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address on Monday to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of the denomination they follow. Addressing members of the Church of Scotland, ...

The Islamic State group's catalogue of killings

Feb 17, 2015

The Islamic State group's catalogue of killings

Here is a list of known killings by militants or movements linked to the jihadi Islamic State group, which announced Sunday it had beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The Islamic State, accused of crimes against humanity by the United Nations, has stepped ...

Egypt strikes Islamic State in Libya after video of mass killing

Feb 16, 2015

Egypt strikes Islamic State in Libya after video of mass killing

Egypt said Monday it has struck Islamic State targets in Libya after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheading of several Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the airstrikes on ...