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Egypt police trap and kill top militants: govt

Cairo – Egyptian police have killed two leaders of the Hasam militia in a shootout after intercepting them as they relocated to a new hideout on Cairo’s outskirts, the government said Tuesday. The interior ministry said the two militants were “prominent leaders” of the Hasam group – an extremist movement the government accuses of having links to the outlawed Muslim ...

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam starts filling

“The land has become very dry,” observes Mahmoud Abo Khokha, a farmer from Al Monofeyya governorate, in Egypt’s Nile delta. “Drought is no longer predictable; it used to hit a certain 15 winter days. The whole year’s crops could be destroyed because of one week’s drought.” Like most farmers round here, he blames Ethiopia. They are under the impression that a ...

Egypt court refers death verdicts against 12 members of Muslim Brotherhood to Grand Mufti

An Egyptian court has referred the cases of twelve members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Grand Mufti, the country’s highest Islamic legal official, which is the first step towards imposing a death sentence. The defendants are accused of storming the Matai police station and killing deputy chief Mustafa Al-Atar. The Minya Criminal Court has also set August 7 as ...

Egypt: Cops kill 6 IS sympathizers in shootout

CAIRO — Egyptian police killed six people who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State terror group’s beliefs when a gunfight erupted Monday during a raid on their Nile valley hideout, the government said. The militants opened fire on the police as they approached the hideout in Dairut, a town in the southern province of Assiut, the interior ministry said in ...

Abbas to meet with Egypt’s Sissi amid reports of Hamas deal

palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Cairo over the weekend to meet with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for “urgent” talks, the PA’s envoy to Egypt said Tuesday, amid tensions over Egypt’s involvement in an internal Palestinian rift. In addition, Jamal al-Shobaki said that the two leaders will discuss US efforts to revive peace talks between Israel and the ...

Egypt extends state of emergency; bomb kills three

CAIRO/ISMAILIA: Egypt’s Parliament Tuesday approved an extension of a nationwide state of emergency until the end of September as a police officer and two conscripts were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai where Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency. Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, giving the authorities greater powers to crack down on what ...

Country’s warplanes hit arms convoy from Libya

Egyptian warplanes struck a convoy of 12 vehicles about to be driven across the border from Libya carrying weapons and ammunition, the military said on Tuesday. The military said in a statement that it had acted on“intelligence indicating a number of criminal elements had gathered to cross the border into Egypt using a number of four-wheel-drive vehicles”. An official in ...

EGYPT: PRESIDENT ABDEL-FATTAH EL-SISSI IS BULLYING RIVALS SUCH AS KHALED ALI AHEAD OF HIS RE-ELECTION BID

If Khaled Ali is worried, he isn’t showing it. Sitting behind a wooden desk in his office in downtown Cairo, the prominent human rights attorney is discussing his case with the calm remove of a lawyer defending his client. Only this time, Ali is the one on trial. In May, Egyptian authorities arrested Ali, a possible presidential candidate in the ...

Egypt islands deal with Saudi pits government against courts

CAIRO — The past week’s tempestuous parliament approval of a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is putting Egypt’s government at odds with the judiciary and providing the country’s battered opposition with a nationalist cause to whip up at a time of growing economic distress. The surprise 2016 deal to hand over the islands of Tiran and ...

Egypt is blocking access to news sites on an ‘unprecedented level’

First published on ISS Today This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical tectonics start to shift, both in Africa and the Middle East, the two neighbours are increasingly finding themselves on different sides of a number of crucial issues. The most obvious dispute centres around ...