Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Trump Praises Sisi, Says He Hopes to Visit Egypt

RIYADH, May 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he hoped to visit Cairo soon, praising President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after a meeting in Saudi Arabia and declaring that “safety seems to be very strong” in Egypt. Speaking through a translator, Sisi described Trump as “a unique personality that is capable of

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Egyptians Losing Patience with Sisi as Economy Deteriorates

By Lin Noueihed CAIRO, Oct 23  – A cartoon which appeared on social media shows a drowning Egyptian, only his hand protruding from the depths, waving for help. The next strips show President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi diving in, taking the drowning man’s watch and turning away. The cartoon captures the mood of desperation and anger among

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Eight Police Killed in Attack on Outskirts of Cairo: Ministry

CAIRO, May 8 – Unidentified gunmen killed eight policemen dressed in civilian clothes, including an officer, in an attack on a police vehicle in Helwan, just south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The ministry said in a statement on its official Facebook page that four gunmen with automatic weapons got out

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Egypt: A Faltering Revolution

Egypt’s security forces still haven’t got it right By H. A. Hellyer I remember all too clearly the day I met Bassem Sabry. We’d been in touch over social media for quite a while; we had many friends in common, but our paths had never crossed in person. Social media in Egypt, in 2012, was already a

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Egypt Puts on Trial 237 Activists for Protests Against Sisi

CAIRO, April 30 – Egypt put on trial 237 activists arrested for protesting against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, judicial sources said on Saturday, the first court cases after demonstrations this month. Thousands angered by Sisi’s decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia called on April 15 for his government to fall in the

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Egypt’s Security Forces Disperse Protests Against Sisi

CAIRO, April 25 – Egyptian security forces used tear gas to disperse small protests against President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Monday, witnesses said, deterring what opposition groups expected to be a day of large demonstrations against his rule. Earlier this month, thousands of Egyptians angered by Sisi’s decision to hand over two islands to

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Italy Recalls Ambassador From Egypt In Row Over Student’s Murder

By Steve Scherer ROME, April 9 – Italy recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations on Friday after Egyptian investigators in Rome failed to provide evidence needed to solve the mystery of the murder of an Italian student in Cairo. Ambassador Maurizio Massari was called to the capital for “an urgent evaluation” of what steps to

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Saudi King Sets Aside Frustrations with Egypt for State Visit

By Angus McDowall and Lin Noueihed RIYADH/CAIRO, April 5 – Despite years of mutual frustration and disappointment over diverging priorities, Saudi Arabia and Egypt remain fundamental to each other’s security, a message King Salman’s visit to Cairo this week is intended to reinforce. The rare foreign trip by the 80-year-old Saudi ruler will counter media

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