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Egypt's Sisi pays respect to ousted Mubarak at military funeral

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The funeral focuses not on Hosni Mubarak's political legacy but on the military career of the Soviet-trained fighter pilot who commanded Egypt's air force during the 1973 war with Israel

MILITARY FUNERAL. Egyptian honor guards carry the coffin of former president Hosni Mubarak during his funeral ceremony at Cairo's Mosheer Tantawy mosque in the eastern outskirts of the Egyptian capital on February 26, 2020. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Anti-Sisi protests break out in Egypt, several arrested

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Dozens of people join nighttime demonstrations around Tahrir Square – the epicenter of the 2011 revolution that toppled the country's long-time autocratic leader

ANTI-SISI PROTESTS. Egyptian protesters shout slogans as they take part in a protest calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo's downtown on September 20, 2019. Photo by AFP

Egypt's Sisi calls deadly car blast 'terrorist incident'

Aug 06, 2019 - 12:24 AM

Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered an investigation to determine the causes of the collision

CAR BLAST. Onlookers gather around a charred car, following an accident just before midnight on August 4, 2019, outside the National Cancer Institute in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by Aly Fahim/AFP

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Apr 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Despite protests from human rights groups, the 3-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule until at least 2024

EGYPT REFERENDUM. Elderly Egyptian women cast their ballots in a box as they vote at a polling station in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at a school in the capital Cairo's northern neighborhood of Shubra, on the first day of a three-day poll, on April 20, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

Egypt slams BBC for 'insulting' anti-Sisi report

Mar 25, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The BBC's coverage is branded 'insulting' by the Egypt's State Information Service, accusing the broadcaster of inciting 'violence' and being a 'propaganda tool' for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood

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Turkish President Erdogan lashes out at Sisi over Egypt executions

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'I will never talk to someone like him,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

LASHING OUT. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hits the execution of 9 people in Egypt, saying he 'will never' talk to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Egypt parliament votes to extend Sisi presidency

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The key amendment endorsed Wednesday calls for extending the president's term in office from 4 years to 6, parliament says on its website

EXTENDING THE PRESIDENCY. Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term, on April 2, 2018.  File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Egypt president approves law clamping down on social media

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The law allows the Egyptian government to suspend or block any personal account which 'publishes or broadcasts fake news or anything (information) inciting violating the law, violence or hatred'

CLOSE MONITORING. The Egyptian government will be gaining more power over social media accounts as a new law puts pages with over 5,000 followers under government monitoring. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Egypt president approves law tightening Internet controls

Aug 18, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The new legislation allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that 'constitute a threat' to Egypt's national security or economy

Egypt's Sisi sworn in for second term in office

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will have two major challenges to tackle in his second term: security and economic recovery

REELECTED. In this file photo, supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square following his re-election for a second term, on April 2, 2018. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Egypt President Sisi says in talks with Palestinians, Israel

May 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'I hope that this message reaches our Palestinian brothers that self-expression and protest over this decision does not lead them to measures that could lead to more victims,' Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says

TALKS. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urges Israel and the Palestinians to abstain from further steps that could lead to more Palestinian deaths. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

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Apr 03, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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This picture taken on March 29, 2018, shows the dust storm in Khartoum A thick sandstorm engulfed the Sudanese capital on Thursday, forcing authorities to cancel flights and shut schools in Khartoum and other nearby towns. / AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY

Egypt's Sisi sweeps vote with 97%, though turnout was down

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The head of Egypt's election authority Lasheen Ibrahim says turnout was 41.05% of the almost 60 million registered voters

Egypt's Sisi reelected with 92% of vote – state media

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Two million spoil their ballot papers, inserting the names of candidates who were not among the only two approved

AL-SISI. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2016. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Egypt anti-jihadist sweep kills 28 militants

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The security sweep comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking re-election in March, after a first term in office that has seen him crack down on an Islamist insurgency and other opponents

Egypt president vows forceful response after mosque massacre

Nov 25, 2017 - 12:13 PM

In a televised speech the president pledges to 'respond with brutal force,' adding that 'the army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period'

MEETING. A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on November 24, 2017 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) meeting with officials in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/HO/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Egypt train crash toll hits 41 as cranes clear busy link

Aug 12, 2017 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED The accident also wounds 132 people with 79 being discharged after treatment while 53 remained in hospital on Saturday Health Minister Ahmed Emad el Din Rady says

TRAIN CRASH. A picture taken on August 12, 2017 shows a general view of people observing the wreckage of a fatal train collision in the area of Khorshid on the outskirts of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria from the day before. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28

May 27, 2017 - 7:37 AM

No group has yet claimed responsibility for attacking the bus

AFTERMATH. Egyptian gather outside a hospital in Cairo's northern suburb of Shubra on May 26, 2017, following an attack in which 28 Coptic pilgirms were gunned down following a visit to a monastery. Photo by Mohamed El-Raai

26 killed in fresh attack on Egypt Christians

May 26, 2017 - 8:38 PM

The gunmen in 3 pick up trucks attacked the bus as it carried visitors to the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province before fleeing the interior ministry says

ATTACKED. An image grab taken from Egypt's state-run Nile News TV channel on May 26, 2017 shows the remains of a bus that was attacked while carrying Egyptian Christians in Minya province, killing dozens people according to state media and the health ministry. Image grab by Nile News/AFP

Trump's fondness for strongmen trumps rights concerns

May 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Donald Trump s latest invitations fit a pattern that has outraged human rights defenders and given pause to even some of usually hardheaded realists in the Washington foreign policy set

FISTBUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Presiden Mesir berlakukan situasi darurat usai diguncang dua ledakan bom

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:11 PM

ISIS mengklaim sebagai dalang dari dua ledakan bom bunuh diri tersebut

DISERANG. Situasi yang menunjukkan ketika orang-orang berkumpul di luar Gereja Koptik Mar Girgis di Delta Sungai Nil kota Tanta sekitar 120 kilometer dari utara ibukota Kairo, usai sebuah bom meledak dan melukai jemaat yang beribadah untuk merayakan Minggu Palma pada 9 April. Foto oleh Khaled Desouki/AFP

State of emergency in Egypt after ISIS church bombings

Apr 10, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The attacks come weeks before a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt s Christian minority

Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt

Apr 09, 2017 - 5:45 PM

4th UPDATE The Islamic State claims responsibility for the twin attacks on Egypt s Coptic Christian minority

ATTACKED. A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 km (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. Khaled Desouki/AFP

In landmark meeting, Trump hails Sisi's 'fantastic job' in Egypt

Apr 04, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Trump heaps praise on the former general s leadership as he sought to mend ties strained by crackdowns revolution and counter revolution

ALLIES. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) shake hands during a meeting at the Oval Office, April 3, 2017. Photo courtesy White House/@POTUS on Twitter

Egypt's 'fantastic guy' Sisi to meet Donald Trump

Apr 01, 2017 - 12:47 PM

When Sisi meets Trump on April 3 during his first state visit to Washington he will see a counterpart who better appreciates his mission to fight Islamists and jihadists

FIRST STATE VISIT. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will meet President Donald Trump during his first state visit to Washington. Sisi file photo by Alain Jocard/AFP; Trump file photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Egypt's president to visit Washington in April

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:19 PM

A statement by the presidency says the Palestinian issue will be discussed with Trump during Sisi s visit to Washington early in April

VISITING THE US. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Elysee Palace, on November 26, 2014, in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Green light given for Egypt's Mubarak to walk free

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:40 AM

An Egyptian prosecutor approves a request by Mubarak s lawyer for his release after a top court acquits him of involvement in the killing of protesters during the popular revolt in 2011

EYEING FREEDOM. This file photo taken on October 6, 2016 shows Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak waving to people from his room at the Maadi military hospital in Cairo. Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt closes offices of key anti-torture organization

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:47 PM

The El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and Violence in Cairo offers psychological rehabilitation to victims of abuses including sexual assault

Egypt agrees to UN Israel vote delay in call with Trump

Dec 23, 2016 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED The Egyptian turnaround surprises many but follows repeated expressions of admiration for Trump from Sisi

Egypt executes convicted jihadist

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Adel Habara is hanged in a Cairo prison days after a court upheld his death sentence

Sisi promises to reexamine protest law

Oct 28, 2016 - 5:21 PM

Sisi s comments come at the end of a two day youth conference an effort to reach out to young Egyptians as the country braces for austerity reforms to salvage its battered economy

AL-SISI. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2016. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Egypt foreign minister meets Israel PM in rare visit

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:49 PM

3rd UPDATE Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says Egypt remains ready to help resolve the decades old Israeli Palestinian conflict

epa05418414 Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a joint brief statement to the media at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 July 2016. Shoukry arrived in Israel to discuss an Egyptian initiative to resume the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Egypt's anti-graft tsar becomes public enemy number one

Jun 28, 2016 - 9:35 PM

Geneina is convinced that his sacking and trial is based on an erroneous media report which suggested he attributed the 600 billion figure to 2015 alone

HISHAM GENEINA. The former head of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Hisham Geneina looks after The new Cairo court postponed his trial to 21 June, Cairo, Egypt, June 7, 2016. Photo by Almasry Alyoum/EPA

EgyptAir crash: What we know so far

May 21, 2016 - 10:22 PM

French experts confirm that smoke was detected in the cabin of an EgyptAir plane that crashed into the eastern Mediterranean carrying 66 people but what brought it down remains a mystery

FOUND. A picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson on May 21, 2016 and taken from an undisclosed location reportedly shows some debris that the search teams found in the sea after the EgyptAir Airbus A320 crashed in the Mediterranean. Photo from the Egyptian military spokesperson's Facebook page / AFP

Search teams hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

May 21, 2016 - 3:32 PM

While Egypt s aviation minister has pointed to terrorism as more likely than technical failure French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault says there was absolutely no indication of why the plane went down

This handout picture taken and released by the French naval Force SIRPA Marine on May 20, in Toulon, southeastern France shows the EV Jacoubet patroller leaving to take part in a search operation of the missing EgyptAir plane. Photo by Stephane Dzioba / SIRPA Marine / AFP

Wreckage of EgyptAir plane found in Mediterranean

May 20, 2016 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED They haven t died yet No one knows We re asking for God s mercy says a woman in her 50s whose daughter had been on board

Air-sea search intensifies for missing EgyptAir plane

May 20, 2016 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED Egypt s aviation minister says while it is too soon to say why the Airbus A320 had vanished from radar screens a terrorist attack would be a more likely scenario than a technical failure

MISSING. An Egyptair plane takes off from the Charles de Gaule airport near Paris, France, May 19, 2016. According to media reports quoting Egyptair, EgyptAir Airbus A320 Flight MS804 disappeared off radar some 10 miles (16km) after entering Egypt's airspace. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

EgyptAir flight MS804 crashes in Mediterranean

May 19, 2016 - 11:25 AM

11th UPDATE The EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashes into the Mediterranean between the Greek islands and the Egyptian coast with 66 people on board

An EgyptAir Airbus A320 at Brussels Airport on 14 June, 2015. EgyptAir Flight MS804 was a similar plane. Image courtesy Lentokonefani/WikiMedia Commons

Facing criticism, Egypt's Sisi warns of 'evil' conspirators

Apr 13, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Sisi is weathering a storm of controversy over a deal that sets maritime boundaries with Saudi Arabia placing two islands in the Red Sea within the kingdom s borders

EVIL CONSPIRATORS? Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts upon his arrival at the House of Representatives of the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016. File photo by Frank Robichon/EPA

Saudi, Egypt agree to build bridge over Red Sea – king

Apr 08, 2016 - 10:10 PM

King Salman makes the announcement in televised comments after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and before representatives of the two countries began signing investment deals

BUILDING BRIDGES. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and King Salman of Saudi Arabia (L) talk during the reception ceremony in the Egyptian Presidential Palace, Cairo, Egypt, 07 April 2016.

Egypt's Sisi says Russian plane downed by 'terrorism'

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:02 AM

Previously Sisi dismisses as propaganda a claim by the Islamic State ISIS jihadist group that it downed the airliner on October 31

ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 05 November 2015. File Photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Xi signs Egypt deals as China looks to boost Mideast clout

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Analysts say the Middle Eastern region is crucial to Xi s signature foreign policy initiative – known as One Belt One Road – touted as a revival of ancient Silk Road trade routes

CHINA-EGYPT DEALS. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian presidency on January 21, 2016, shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) shaking hands with his Chinese countpart Xi Jinping in front of a plaque clebrating a Chinese industrial project in the Suez Canal during a ceremony in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by AFP.

Putin, Sisi agree 'close' security service cooperation after jet bombing – Kremlin

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:55 PM

The Kremlin says the agreement aims to put in place additional measures to assure the maximum security of air traffic between the two countries in order to reestablish it as soon as possible

NEW AGREEMENT. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) shake hands during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on February 10. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin

Sisi pledges transparent plane crash probe

Nov 11, 2015 - 10:29 PM

We will deal with this matter with utmost transparency and integrity says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi

GRIEF. Relatives grieve over the coffin of Nina Lushchenko, 60, a victim of the Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 crash, during a funeral service at a church in Veliky Novgorod on November 5, 2015 ahead of her burial. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Britain: 'High probability' ISIS bomb downed Russian jet

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:18 AM

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says the definitive cause of the crash would be determined by Egyptian Russian investigation of the wreckage

DEBRIS. A handout picture provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry press service on 02 November 2015 shows a piece of wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt, 01 November 2015. Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Emergency Ministry/Handout/EPA

US, UK say bomb may have downed Russian jet in Egypt

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:49 AM

UPDATED Britain and Ireland suspends flights to and from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh where the plane took off

DEBRIS. A handout picture provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry press service on 02 November 2015 shows a piece of wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt, 01 November 2015. Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Emergency Ministry/Handout/EPA

Egypt voters trickle in to elect new pro-Sisi parliament

Oct 19, 2015 - 8:18 AM

But with an absence of opposition parties polling has inspired none of the enthusiasm witnessed for Egypt s first democratic elections in 2011

VOTE FOR THE FUTURE. An Egyptian man casts his ballot in the Egyptian parliamentary elections at a polling station in the Giza district of the capital Cairo, on October 18, 2015. Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP