Egypt

Egypt’s top public prosecutor has been killed

Egypt’s top public prosecutor has been killed in a powerful bombing that hit his convoy in Cairo following jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists. The health ministry and senior officials including justice minister Ahmed al-Zind said that Hisham Barakat died in hospital several hours after the Monday morning bombing in the upscale district ...

Egypt’s top public prosecutor killed in a powerful bombing in Cairo

Egypt’s top public prosecutor has been killed in a powerful bombing that hit his convoy in Cairo following jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists. The health ministry and senior officials including justice minister Ahmed al-Zind said that Hisham Barakat died in hospital several hours after the Monday morning bombing in the upscale district ...

German authorities have released al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

German authorities have released al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour without charge, after he was detained on Saturday by police at Berlin’s Tegel airport on an Egyptian arrest warrant. A spokesman for the state prosecutor said there were “political and diplomatic concerns that could not be ignored” in addition to the legal aspects of the case. These concerns, he said, were discussed ...

Egyptian army is digging a trench along the border with Gaza to prevent smuggling

The Egyptian army is digging a trench in northern Sinai along the border with Gaza in an effort to prevent smuggling, security sources said on Monday, as the government steps up activities to prevent militant attacks that often target security forces. Egypt had already doubled to one kilometre (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone on its border ...

Egypt court upholds death sentence against ex-president Morsi

  A Cairo court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death and to life in jail in two different trials, as Egyptian courts continue to rule in cases against alleged supporters of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails.The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Morsi and five others, including top Brotherhood figures Mohamed Badie, Saad El-Katatni ...

Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador over displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. officials did not intend to meet the group although they had met some Brotherhood figures that came to Washington in January. ...

Syrian opposition factions will gather in the Egypt to form a new coalition

Syrian opposition factions will gather in the Egyptian capital for talks aimed at forming a new coalition as an alternative to an exiled Western-back alliance. More than 200 figures from the armed and civilian opposition factions are to attend the June 8-9 gathering and discuss a roadmap aimed at ending the four-year war in Syria. The new grouping would offer ...

Egyptian army destroyed more than 500 underground tunnels into Gaza Strip

The Egyptian army says it has destroyed the openings of more than 500 underground tunnels during a six-month military operation on its eastern borders with the Gaza Strip. The spokesperson for Egypt’s army spoke to the state-owned daily al-Ahram in an interview published on Monday, saying that the military has discovered the openings of 521 underground tunnels connecting Egypt with ...

Merkel to meet Egyptian president amid rights criticism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel still plans to meet Egypt’s president when he visits next month, her spokesman said Wednesday, after Germany’s parliament speaker called off his talks citing rights violations. The parliament speaker, Norbert Lammert, said on Tuesday that he had written to the Egyptian ambassador in Berlin cancelling his meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi due to human rights ...

Egypt resumes trial of ABM defendants, without executed six

An Egyptian civilian court on Tuesday resumed the trial of 213 alleged members of the Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group, in the absence of six of the defendants, executed two days earlier in a different case. During Tuesday’s session, the judge received a note from the prison authorities, officially informing the court of the execution. Tuesday’s case is related ...

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