New Egypt Cabinet sworn in ahead of presidential vote

Mar 2, 2014

New Egypt Cabinet sworn in ahead of presidential vote

Egypt’s new interim government was sworn in Saturday, a lightly reshuffled Cabinet with familiar faces that keeps powerful ministers in charge of the country’s security and military services in place ahead of an anticipated presidential election. The new Cabinet, Egypt’s sixth government since its ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Egypt military eyes key charter vote

Jan 13, 2014

Egypt military eyes key charter vote

With a presidential run by Egypt’s powerful military chief seeming more likely by the day, this week’s constitution referendum, to be held amid a massive security force deployment, is widely seen as a vote of confidence in the regime he installed last summer. The ...

Egypt's El-Sissi seeks mandate from vote on new charter

Jan 12, 2014

Egypt's El-Sissi seeks mandate from vote on new charter

Egypt’s military chief is looking for a strong turnout in this week’s constitutional referendum as a mandate to run for president. But the popular general who ousted President Mohammed Morsi and ordered a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood could be disappointed: His Islamist foes ...