Egypt

British woman can adopt girl found in box in Egypt, judge rules

A British woman can adopt a girl who was abandoned in a cardboard box on a street in Egypt shortly after birth, a high court judge has decided. Ms Justice Russell ruled that the woman, an NHS administrator, can bring up the six-year-old in the UK, despite objections from Egyptian authorities. The judge revealed details in a written ruling on ...

Archaeologists uncover ‘lost city’ in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient ‘city’ and cemetery once used by officials tasked with building royal tombs. The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said that the find in the ancient city of Abydos dates back to the Early Dynastic Period, more than 4,500 years ago. 3,200-YEAR-OLD MUMMY DISCOVERED IN EGYPTIAN TOMB Hani Aboul-Azm, a ministry official, says around 15 large ...

Egyptian ex-president Mohamed Morsy’s death sentence overturned

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG An Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence handed to ousted President Mohamed Morsy. The Court of Cassation overturned the May 2015 sentence and ordered a new trial. Morsy had been sentenced to death over a jailbreak during the chaos of the 2011 Arab Spring protests. Morsy and the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood ...

Egyptian pilots flying Russian choppers in Syria

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s secret decision to intervene militarily in the Syrian war on the side of the Syrian President Bashar Assad is revealed here by DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources. The precise details of that intervention vary from source to source. 1. According to one version, a group of Egyptian helicopter pilots – 18, according to one estimate – ...

Egypt and Tunisia take divergent paths

IT HAS been five years since Egypt and Tunisia underwent regime change, and both countries are still suffering from low economic growth, large fiscal deficits, high unemployment, and rising public debts. Having failed to institute reforms on their own, both have turned to the International Monetary Fund, which entered into an arrangement with Tunisia in 2013 and has just approved a $12 ...

Egypt’s Sisi expresses support for Syria’s military

Egyptian leader says his priority is to support “national armies”, noting a solution must be “political” in Syria. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says he supports the Syrian military – a position at odds with his country’s Gulf benefactors such as Saudi Arabia. The former army chief, who has overseen a warming of ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main ...

Egypt court overturns Mohamed Morsi’s life sentence

Egypt’s Court of Cassation orders retrial in the case for deposed president who had a death sentence overturned earlier. Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi has had a life sentence overturned by the country’s Court of Cassation, which ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, had ...

Currency drop hits Egypt’s medicine supplies, angering public

Pharmacies across Egypt are running short of medicines, some of them life-savers, as a plunge in the value of the Egyptian pound coupled with strict government price caps has made scores of products unprofitable to produce or import. The shortages include some cancer treatments as well as basic items like insulin, tetanus shots and contraceptive pills. Unable to raise prices ...

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

On the 39th anniversary of Sadat’s speech in Jerusalem, the two countries have never been closer, analysts say. Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached “full partnership and unbreakable alliance”, analysts say. Although many Egyptians continue to regard Israel as a threat and sympathise with the ...

Egypt hands journalist union head two years in prison

The ruling on against Yahia Kallash, head of the country’s press union, and two others comes after a seven-month trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the head of a journalists union and two board members to two years in prison for harbouring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news, judicial sources said. Yahiya Kallash, president of the  Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, Gamal ...

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