Jul 4, 2014

Violence marks first year after Morsi ouster

A series of demonstrations and small bombings marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, and authorities responded by arresting nearly 200 people as part of their crackdown against Islamists. One of the bombs went off accidentally inside an ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

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 ...