Feb 1, 2015

Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization, a ruling in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamists by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. El-Sissi said on Saturday Egypt faces a tough, prolonged campaign ...

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

Feb 1, 2015

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince on Sunday launched a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on Jan. 23. In a highly conservative Islamic kingdom, Alwaleed, who ...

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Jan 29, 2015

2,200 pillaged ancient artifacts are seized in Europe

Over 2,200 looted artifacts, many from ancient Egypt, were seized as part of a European crackdown that also snared 35 suspected traffickers, Europol announced Wednesday. Among the most valuable of the recovered cultural items was a majestic bust of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet worth ...

Officials say two sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison

Jan 27, 2015

Officials say two sons of Egypt's Mubarak freed from prison

The two sons of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday, nearly four years after they were first arrested along with their father, authorities said. Security officials said the two, wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal, walked free ...

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Jan 26, 2015

Images of shot Egypt protester revive criticism of police

Images of a mortally wounded protester, blood running down her face and hair as she was lifted from the pavement by a comrade, have touched off powerful criticism of Egypt’s government on the anniversary of a revolution initially sparked by police brutality. The photos ...

King Tut mask can be fixed: expert

Jan 25, 2015

King Tut mask can be fixed: expert

Epoxy that was used to glue a blue-and-gold braided beard back on the burial mask of Egypt’s ancient King Tutankhamun can be removed and the mask can be properly restored, a German expert summoned to Cairo to examine it said Saturday. Speaking at a ...

Egyptian protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary

Jan 25, 2015

Egyptian protester killed on eve of uprising anniversary

A female demonstrator was killed in clashes with Egyptian police during a rare left-wing protest in central Cairo on Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, an official said. Shaima al-Sabbagh, who friends said was 34 and the ...

Jan 23, 2015

Egypt's president says Islam needs a reboot

Islam needs a reboot as Egypt and France battle the same enemy by waging war against Islamic extremism and terrorism, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday. It is a tolerant religion, he said, but in the past two to three decades it has become ...

Jan 21, 2015

Egypt's el-Sissi says protest rights are secondary to stability

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that those questioning his government over human rights and freedom of expression are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, investment and desperately needed stability. Speaking during festivities to celebrate National Police Day Tuesday, ...