Spanish team in Egypt unearths 3,600-year-old mummy of official

Feb 14, 2014

Spanish team in Egypt unearths 3,600-year-old mummy of official

Spanish archeologists have unearthed a 3,600-year-old mummy in the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister said Thursday. Prosecutors accused nine people, including three Germans, of smuggling stone samples from pyramids. In a statement, Mohammed Ibrahim said the rare find in a preserved wooden ...

Egypt accuses Islamist group of having armed wing

Feb 10, 2014

Egypt accuses Islamist group of having armed wing

Egyptian authorities on Sunday accused the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood of forming a “military wing” to stage attacks on security forces in a southern province as months-long street rallies by the group’s supporters wane but low-level violence steadily rises. Such a development would cast ...

Top Egyptian left-wing leader plans to contest elections

Feb 9, 2014

Top Egyptian left-wing leader plans to contest elections

A leading left-wing Egyptian politician announced Saturday that he will contest upcoming presidential elections, set to be a tough battle for anyone squaring off against the country’s powerful army chief, who is expected to win a sweeping victory. Hamdeen Sabahi’s decision heats up an ...

New Egyptian militant group claims responsibility for Cairo bombings

Feb 9, 2014

New Egyptian militant group claims responsibility for Cairo bombings

A newly formed militant group claimed responsibility Saturday for the bombing of an Egyptian police checkpoint near Cairo that wounded six people, as health authorities said that three people were killed in clashes between Islamists and police a day earlier. Muslim Brotherhood supporters took ...

Report fuels el-Sissi rumors

Feb 6, 2014

Report fuels el-Sissi rumors

Amid growing speculation that Egypt’s army chief, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, will seek the presidency in elections scheduled for mid-April, a Kuwaiti newspaper said in comments published Thursday that he has decided to run — a report later denied by the army as a “misinterpretation” of ...

Murky jihadi group is grave threat to Egypt

Feb 2, 2014

Murky jihadi group is grave threat to Egypt

A jihadi group behind a wave of spectacular attacks has become a grave threat to Egypt’s stability as political turmoil triggered by the Islamist president’s ouster rocks the country, analysts say. In less than a fortnight, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has claimed ...

Egypt to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial

Jan 30, 2014

Egypt to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial

Egypt said 20 journalists, including four foreigners, working for Al-Jazeera will face trial on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security — an escalation that raised fears of a crackdown on freedom of the press. It was the first ...

Muzzled Morsi makes second court appearance in Egypt

Jan 29, 2014

Muzzled Morsi makes second court appearance in Egypt

The second court appearance for ousted President Mohammed Morsi was very different from his first: He wore a white prison uniform Tuesday instead of a trim dark suit. And when the Islamist leader wanted to speak, a judge controlled his microphone in the soundproof ...

Egypt's el-Sissi emerges as new nationalist icon

| Jan 28, 2014

Egypt's el-Sissi emerges as new nationalist icon

Army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, whom the military has endorsed for the presidency after he ousted a civilian leader, has emerged as a nationalist icon in the mold of Gamal Abdel Nasser. El-Sissi, 59, has not yet said whether he will seek the country’s ...

Egypt set to hold presidential elections first

Jan 27, 2014

Egypt set to hold presidential elections first

Egypt’s interim leader on Sunday said the country will pick a president before parliament, a widely expected change in a political transition plan as public support for army chief and July coup leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi grows stronger. But Egypt remains dangerously divided, as ...