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Egypt executes Libyan militant for deadly police attack

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Libyan militant Abdel Rahim al-Mismari is responsible for the attack south of Cairo in October 2017

IMF approves $5.2-billion, 1-year loan program for Egypt

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund's new loan for Egypt comes on top of $2.8 billion in emergency aid approved in May 2020

NEARLY EMPTY. A view of the area around Bab Zuweila (background), one of the remaining gates in the walls of the old medieval city of Egypt's capital Cairo, on April 24, 2020. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Egypt cleans up for return of tourists

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Egypt looks to slowly open up to tourists in the summer season, promising 'exemplary sanitary conditions'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 25, 2020 Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo, as protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. - Hotels have ramped up hygiene, archaeological sites have been sanitised and beaches cleaned up -- Egypt is gearing up to welcome back tourists kept away by the coronavirus pandemic. Egypt has since March halted air traffic and shuttered archaeological sites, museums and hotels to stem the spread of COVID-19. The North African country, like elsewhere, has in recent weeks started loosening confinement measures as it looks to slowly open up to tourists in the summer season. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

UAE backs Egypt peace initiative in Libya

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:34 PM

UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash says the initiative 'strengthens the Arab and international momentum for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops, and the return to a political track'

Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. - Forces backing Libya's unity government said they had reseized the capital Tripoli International Airport, held since 2019 by rival forces backing Khalifa Haftar, the latest in a string of defeats for the eastern-based military commander. Libya's main civilian airport, lying on key highway on the capital's southern edges, had been closed since being heavily damaged in 2014 clashes. (Photo by - / AFP)

IMF approves $2.77-billion emergency virus loan for Egypt

May 12, 2020 - 7:25 AM

The International Monetary Fund says Egypt's economy had seen a 'remarkable turnaround' prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but that progress is now threatened

ECONOMIC BLOW. Egyptians look at traditional lanterns sold during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo's Sayeda Zainab neighborhood on April 19, 2020. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Egypt reopens slowly to revive pandemic-hit economy

May 06, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The Egyptian government gradually loosens coronavirus measures, but tourism – its biggest cash cow – is reeling from the crisis

This picture taken on April 24, 2020 on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan shows a view of the area around Bab Zuweila (background), one of the remaining gates in the walls of the old medieval city of Egypt's capital Cairo, almost empty due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

Egypt seeks aid from IMF amid virus-inflicted downturn

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:10 AM

(UPDATED) Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli does not specify the size of the one-year financial aid package the government is seeking from the International Monetary Fund

Egyptians look at traditional lanterns known in Arabic as "Fanous" sold during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo's Sayeda Zainab neighbourhood, on April 19, 2020. - From cancelled iftar feasts to suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for a bleak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. Ramadan is a period for both self reflection and socialising. Believers fast from dawn to dusk and then gather around a family or community meal each evening of Islam's holiest month, which begins later this week and ends with Eid al-Fitr festivities. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

Coronavirus turns health workers in Egypt into 'outcasts'

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:24 AM

'We're exhausted. Have mercy on us. Our spirits have been destroyed.'

PROJECTION. The Great Pyramids are lit up with a laser projection reading, 'Stay Home on the Giza plateau outside the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt's fragile tourism sector braces for coronavirus impact

Mar 10, 2020 - 2:30 PM

There are fears that Egypt's tourism industry – key to the country's economy – may suffer due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

Tourists visit the Karnak Temple Complex in Egypt's southern city of Luxor, on March 8, 2020. - Egyptian crew and foreign passengers on a Nile cruise ship on which 45 suspected novel coronavirus cases had been detected disembarked Sunday in the southern city of Luxor. The health ministry said the cases would be quarantined even though 11 of them had tested negative in follow-up tests. The "A Sara" docked in Luxor days after authorities were alerted that a foreign tourist who had previously disembarked had contracted the virus and infected others onboard. (Photo by - / AFP)

Tourist in Egypt becomes 1st confirmed coronavirus death in Africa

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The tourist, who arrived from Germany a week ago, died after having refused to be transferred to an isolation ward

CROWDED. Egyptians bound for GCC countries gather in front of the Central Public Health Laboratories in downtown Cairo as they wait to get tested for coronavirus on March 8, 2020. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Feb 25, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Egypt's former longtime president had long been battling an illness and was recently admitted to a Cairo military hospital's intensive care unit

EGYPT'S LONGTIME LEADER. A file photo taken on March 24, 2008, shows Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arriving in Moscow for official business. File photo by Dima Korotayev/AFP

Egypt confirms 1st coronavirus case

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Egyptian authorities have notified the World Health Organization and the patient has been placed in quarantined isolation in hospital

CHECK. An Egyptian Quarantine Authority employee holds out a health form to be filled in by incoming travelers at Cairo International Airport on February 1, 2020, amidst efforts to detect possible cases of SARS-like 'Wuhan coronavirus' (novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV). Photo by AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(10th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/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

Egypt road accidents kill 28 including tourists

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:06 AM

A bus transporting textile workers collides with a car, while two more buses carrying tourists ram into a truck

RESCUE. A handout picture released by the Suez Governorate Media Office on December 28, 2019 shows paramedics transporting one of the victims who were injured in a bus cash on the road to the Ain Sokhna resort east of the Egyptian capital Cairo , upon arrival at Suez General Hospital. Photo by Suez Governorate Media Office/AFP

Egypt discreetly marks Suez Canal's 150th anniversary

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The man-made canal was excavated between 1859 and 1869, in an ambitious project to connect the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, and cut shipping times for growing international trade from Europe to Asia

VITAL WATERWAY. File photo of a convoy of ships passing through Suez Canal. Photo by Igor Grochev/Shutterstock

Egypt unveils trove of ancient coffins excavated in Luxor

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:00 PM

'This is the first discovery in Asasif by dedicated Egyptian hands, comprised of archaeologists, conservationists and workers,' says Mostafa al-Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities

RARE TROVE. Egyptian archeologist open a wooden coffin belonging to a man in front Hatshepsut Temple at Valley of the Kings in Luxor on October 19, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt detains award-winning rights lawyer

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Mahienour El-Massry, a political activist and human rights defender, is 'arrested as soon as she left the State Security Prosecutor's headquarters in Cairo'

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

Son of Egypt's Morsi dies of heart attack at 25 – lawyer

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Abdullah Morsi suffers the fatal cardiac arrest while at the wheel of his car

ABDULLAH MORSI. Abdullah Mohamed Morsi, son of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi attends a press conference in Cairo on July 22, 2013. File photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

'Nightmare' as Egypt aided China to detain Uighurs

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Egypt and China sign a security memorandum focusing on 'combating terrorism' ahead of raids in Egypt in which Uighurs are questioned by Chinese officials

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

Christine Allado cast as Tzipporah in 'The Prince of Egypt' West End

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'The Prince of Egypt' is scheduled to open in February 2020 at the Dominion Theatre in London

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Erdogan says Egyptian ex-president Morsi was 'killed'

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ALLY. This hand out picture taken and released by the Turkish Prime minister's press office on September 30, 2012 shows Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi (L) listening to Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference in Ankara. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRIME MINISTER OFFICE / YASIN BULBUL

Egypt accuses U.N. of seeking to 'politicize' Morsi death

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez says he condemns 'in the strongest terms' Rupert Colville's call for an independent investigation into Mohamed Morsi's death

MORSI SUPPORTERS. A person flashes Rabia sign (four-fingered hand sign by pro-Morsi supporters), during the symbolic funeral ceremony of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on June 18,2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul. Photo by AFP

Egypt's former president Morsi quietly buried in Cairo

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The Islamist leader is buried at a cemetery in eastern Cairo's Medinat Nasr

LAID TO REST. This picture shows a general view of the Al-Wafaa Wa al-Amal cemetery after the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was buried, in Nasr city district, east of the capital Cairo on June 18, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Egypt former president Morsi dies after falling ill in court

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:28 AM

(UPDATED) In a strongly worded statement, Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to open a probe into Mohamed Morsi's death

EX-PRESIDENT. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died on June 17, 2019, in a Cairo hospital after fainting in a court session, a judicial and security source said. File photo by STR/AFP

Egypt kills 14 suspected militants in raid after Sinai attack

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The attack on June 5 claimed by the Islamic State group leaves dead 8 policemen southwest of El-Arish, capital of North Sinai, and 5 militants are killed in exchanges of fire that ensued

Egypt unfreezes assets of Mubarak-era interior minister

May 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Habib al-Adly was sentenced in April 2017 to 7 years in prison for embezzling about $122 million

Blast hits Egypt tourist bus

May 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Images circulating online show some of the bus' windows shattered

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

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'The principle of African solutions to African problems is the only way to deal with common challenges facing us,' Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says in his opening remarks

ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI. Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi give a joint press conference with the Ivorian president at the presidential palace in Abidjan, on April 11. Photo by Issoue Sanogo/AFP

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 urged to reveal whereabouts of missing deportees

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Human Rights Watch says those deported are now 'at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment in Egypt' and 'could face severe torture and unfair trials'

FUNERAL. Egyptian soldiers stand guard outside the Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi Mosque, during the funeral of Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who died hours after a powerful explosion hit his convoy yesterday, in the capital Cairo on June 30, 2015. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Hamas backs Egypt proposal for calm on Israel border – officials

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

There is no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the potential agreement

IN GAZA. A man stares at building that collapsed from reported Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist freed from jail

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The photographer, widely known as Shawkan, faces 5 years of strict supervision and will be required to spend every night sleeping at his local police station, but he vows to resume his work

FREED. Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, carries a camera at his home in the capital Cairo on March 4, 2019. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

800 Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:23 PM

it is the first permission granted for the Muslim umrah pilgrimage since the start of Egyptian military operations in northern Sinai in 2014

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca.  More than 1.8 million faithful from around the world have been attending the annual pilgrimage which officially ends on September 15.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

Fiery crash at Cairo train station kills 20

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:19 PM

After the accident, the cabinet announces that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has accepted the resignation of Transport Minister Hisham Arafat

DEADLY CRASH. Fire fighters and onlookers gather at the scene of a fiery train crash at the Egyptian capital Cairo's main railway station on February 27, 2019. Photo by Stringer/AFP

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 unveils more than 40 ancient mummies

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

An archaeologist says 12 children and 6 animals were among the mummies, while the rest were adult men and women

This picture taken on February 2, 2019 shows newly-discovered mummies wrapped in linen found in burial chambers dating to the Ptolemaic era (323-30 BC) at the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel in Egypt's southern Minya province, about 340 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. - Egypt's Antiquities Minister said on February 2 that a joint mission from the ministry and Minya University's Archaeological Studies Research Centre found upon a collection of Ptolemaic burial chambers engraved in rock and filled with a large number of mummies of different sizes and genders. The minister added that the newly discovered tombs may be a familial grave for a family from the elite middle class. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP)

Egypt university expels female student for hugging male friend

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:24 PM

The university says hugging between unmarried men and women violates 'the values and principles of society'

Vietnamese relatives of bus blast victims arrive in Egypt

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:59 PM

A group of 5, which included family members, arrives in the capital two days after a blast hit a tour bus killing 3 Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide

EGYPT BUS BLAST. Vietnam's ambassador to Egypt (C) arrives outside the hospital where Vietnamese victims of an attack on a tourist bus where taken in Al-Haram district in the Egyptian capital Cairo's western twin city of Giza on December 28, 2018. Photo by AFP

Tourists throng Egypt pyramids after bombing, but future clouded

Dec 30, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Egyptians working at the world-famous tourist site are concerned the bombing's aftermath may affect their livelihoods

THRIVING AGAIN. Tourists gather at the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on December 29, 2018. Photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Egypt kills 40 'terrorists' in crackdown after Giza attack

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The suspects are killed in separate raids in the Giza governorate – the scene of a deadly bombing on Friday – and in the restive Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry says

TOURIST BUS BOMBING. This picture taken on December 28, 2018 shows a tourist bus which was attacked being towed away from the scene, in Giza province, south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old,' says Egypt's antiquities minister

At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM

'The terrible global assault on journalists that has intensified in the past few years shows no sign of abating,' says Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon