Egypt

Leading Arab Journalist Dies Aged 92

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, Feb 17 – Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, the Arab world’s best known political commentator, died on Wednesday at age 92, Egyptian state television reported. The leading Egyptian journalist rose to prominence as editor in chief of Egypt’s Al-Ahram, widely regarded as the newspaper of record in the Arab world during his tenure.

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New Daesh Franchise Threatens Egypt

By Daniel Nisman and Michael Horowitz Feb 17 – On Jan. 21, days before the fifth anniversary of Egypt’s fabled revolution, police in Cairo raided a slum in the crowded Ahram neighborhood. Booby-trapped bombs went off in a scene more reminiscent of Fallujah, Iraq, than Egypt’s capital. Six officers and three civilians were killed, and an

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Egypt: Fashion Victims

The government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sissi is increasingly concerned with how women dress BY Ruth Michaelson Gaber Nassar sits in his ornate office, behind a huge oak desk covered with piles of papers, as he explains why his university recently banned women from teaching while wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face

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Former U.N. Chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali Dies at 93

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whose term was marked by war in the former Yugoslavia, famine and genocide in Africa and confrontation with the United States, died on Tuesday. He was 93. The 15-member U.N. Security Council observed a minute’s silence after the death was announced on

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Egyptian Investigator in Italian’s Death Has Past Torture Conviction

By Haitham Ahmed and Ahmed Mohammed Hassan CAIRO, Feb 16 – A senior Egyptian police officer investigating the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni has a prior conviction in connection with the torture and killing of a detainee, according to judicial and security sources and a court document shared by rights groups. Regeni, 28, disappeared

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Egyptian Court Reverses Policeman’s Sentence for Killing Activist

CAIRO, Feb 14  – Egypt‘s highest court reversed on Sunday a 15-year jail sentence handed down by a lower court to a policeman for killing an activist in the street, judicial sources said, overturning a rare sentence against members of security forces. First Lieutenant Yaseen Hatem was charged last March with action that “led to

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Egypt Arrests Facebook Page Administrators Ahead of Revolt Anniversary

CAIRO, Jan 14 – Egyptian security forces have arrested the administrators of 47 Facebook pages that the interior ministry says are run by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, intensifying a crackdown on dissent as the fifth anniversary of a 2011 uprising approaches. The popular revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule began with marches on Jan.

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Egypt’s Parliament Meets After More Than Three-year Absence

CAIRO, Jan 10 – Egypt’s new parliament held its opening session on Sunday, state television reported, more than three years after a court dissolved the old Islamist-dominated chamber. The body is expected to choose a speaker on its first day back, and now has 15 days to approve hundreds of laws issued by executive decree

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Knife Attackers Wound Tourists in Egyptian Red Sea Resort

By Ahmed Mohamed Hassan CAIRO, Jan 9 – Suspected militants armed with knives wounded two Austrian tourists and a Swede at a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Friday evening, the interior ministry said. Security forces shot and killed at least one of the attackers after they stormed the beachside Bella

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Crafting Stability

This troubled region of ours requires lateral thinking and a new approach By Ismail Serageldin The horrors of Daesh and Al Qaeda have reached such a level of barbarity and violence that we are unable to find the right words to describe them. Today, they have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe and their affiliates are

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