U.S. pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office as Washington presses the former army chief to adopt more moderate policies. Economic and security problems are undermining Egypt’s stability, and Kerry’s visit ...

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

Jun 22, 2014

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

In a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under newly installed President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, an Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed death sentences against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters. Mohamed Badie ...

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Jun 18, 2014

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Egypt on Tuesday released Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months in protest over his detention. al-Shamy, who works for the main Arabic channel of the Qatar-based network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters ...

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

| Jun 16, 2014

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

Working in secret, European diplomats drew up the borders that have defined the Middle East’s nations for nearly a century — but now civil war, sectarian bloodshed and leadership failures threaten to rip that map apart. In the decades since independence, Arab governments have ...

In first, Egypt hits 13 with charges over mass sex attacks in Cairo

Jun 15, 2014

In first, Egypt hits 13 with charges over mass sex attacks in Cairo

Egypt’s prosecution service on Saturday referred 13 men to trial for alleged sex attacks on women at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, including during inaugural celebrations for new President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. It was the first time charges have been made in the North African country in ...

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Jun 14, 2014

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country’s newly elected president. Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said in a statement that the Egyptian Embassy in Washington made the request to ...

Egypt's el-Sissi faces furor over 'sexual terrorism'

| Jun 11, 2014

Egypt's el-Sissi faces furor over 'sexual terrorism'

A video of a woman being sexually assaulted at inaugural celebrations for Egypt’s new president has thrown another spotlight on a national epidemic, but activists believe that stopping such attacks will be difficult. Graphic footage, apparently filmed on Sunday using a mobile phone, shows ...

Jun 11, 2014

Egypt's new pharaoh

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former head of Egypt’s Army, won a landslide victory in presidential elections held last month. The retired field marshal was sworn in Sunday as Egypt’s new president. His job now is to forge unity in a country deeply divided, and ...

Ferocious sexual assault on student at Cairo rally prompts outrage

Jun 10, 2014

Ferocious sexual assault on student at Cairo rally prompts outrage

A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations of Egypt’s presidential inauguration — including a mass attack on a 19-year-old student who was stripped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — prompted outrage Monday as a video emerged purportedly showing the teenager, bloodied and naked, ...

El-Sissi sworn in as Egypt president

Jun 8, 2014

El-Sissi sworn in as Egypt president

Egypt’s former army chief, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was sworn in on Sunday as president for a four-year term, taking the reins of power in a nation roiled since 2011 by deadly unrest and economic woes. El-Sissi’s inauguration came less than a year after the 59-year-old ...