Egypt's military-backed government resigns

Feb 25, 2014

Egypt's military-backed government resigns

Egypt’s interim prime minister announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president. Hazem el-Beblawi’s military-backed government was ...

Sinai blast raises tourism worries

Feb 18, 2014

Sinai blast raises tourism worries

A deadly suicide bombing that hit a bus of South Korean Christians visiting biblical sites in Egypt and Israel has raised fears that Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula are turning to target foreign tourists, a potential new blow to a struggling industry vital ...

South Korean church mourns after Egypt bombing

Feb 17, 2014

South Korean church mourns after Egypt bombing

A bombing that killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver on the Sinai Peninsula targeted a bus filled with Korean Christians who had saved for years to visit sites mentioned in the Bible on their church’s 60th anniversary, officials said Monday. The bus ...

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 ...