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 ...

Jihadis down Egyptian helicopter, killing 5 soldiers

Jan 27, 2014

Jihadis down Egyptian helicopter, killing 5 soldiers

An Al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed in a video that it shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai peninsula— an act that appears designed to escalate a monthslong insurgency that has spilled into the capital. A video released by the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group ...

Six die in Cairo bombing spree blamed on Muslim Brotherhood

Jan 25, 2014

Six die in Cairo bombing spree blamed on Muslim Brotherhood

A truck bomb struck the main security headquarters in Cairo on Friday, one of a string of bombings targeting police within a 10-hour period, killing six people. The most significant attack yet in the Egyptian capital fueled a furious backlash against the Muslim Brotherhood ...