Egypt

EgyptAir Hijack Ends With Passengers Freed Unharmed, Suspect Arrested

By Yiannis Kourtoglou and Nadia El Gowely LARNACA, Cyprus/CAIRO, March 29  – An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt, who was arrested after giving himself up. The passengers and crew were unharmed. Eighty-one

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Egyptair Plane Hijacked to Cyprus, Most Passengers Freed

By Yiannis Kourtoglou LARNACA, Cyprus, March 29 – An Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus by a man apparently distressed over a family matter. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except four foreign passengers and

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Egypt’s Sisi Sacks Top Auditor Who Alleged Mass State Corruption

By Omar Fahmy CAIRO, March 28 – President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday sacked Egypt‘s top auditor who had stirred controversy by publicly concluding that government corruption had cost the country billions of dollars. Hesham Geneina came under heavy fire from senior officials and pro-government media after he alleged widespread graft in newspaper interviews at

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Human Rights on Trial in Egypt as NGO Funding Case Revived

By Lin Noueihed and Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, March 27 – Egypt has launched a new crackdown on human rights groups, questioning staff and ordering asset freezes over accusations they took foreign funding to destabilise the country after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Egyptian rights activists say they are facing the worst

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Egypt President Vows to Find and Punish Killers of Italian Student

ROME, March 16  – Egypt will spare no effort to find and punish those who tortured and killed an Italian student in Cairo, the country’s president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said an interview published on Wednesday. Giulio Regeni, 28, a Cambridge University researcher, was found in a ditch on the outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 3. His body

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How Egypt Is Struggling To End Corruption In Wheat

By Eric Knecht CAIRO, March 15 – When Egyptian lawyer Ahmed Gad stepped out of a cafe on the outskirts of Cairo to take a call last October, a gunman on the back of a motorcycle trained a semi-automatic rifle on him and opened fire. Three bullets ripped into Gad’s right side before his attackers

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As Hard Times Hit, Egyptians At Last Find Fault With Sisi

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, March 11 – “Your exellency: you are not working,” television presenter Azza al-Hemawy said, looking into the camera but addressing the Egyptian president. “Not one single issue has been solved since you took over.” After years of hearing little but enthusiastic applause for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and vilification of his enemies,

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Egyptian Leftist Sabahy Eyes United Opposition to Challenge Sisi

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Lin Noueihed CAIRO, March 10 (Reuters) – A prominent opponent of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt’s fragmented pro-democracy opposition parties had “failed” the country and he vowed to forge a new movement able to provide a genuine alternative to the current government. Hamdeen Sabahy, like many other leftists and nationalists,

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