Egypt

Underground metro goes off rail, crashes in wall in Egypt

An underground train came off the rails on Sunday and crashed into a wall, seriously injuring the driver. The metro line, which links El-Ataba square near downtown Cairo to the upscale district of Heliopolis, had no passengers at the time of the crash, the company running the metro said. The train was coming out of maintenance on a branch line ...

Can Egypt tackle its terrorism problem?

The Egyptian government led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seems to be unable to deal with the growing, non-stop Islamist insurgency on its territory. Almost every day there are reports of army operations against Sinai-based terrorists and/or terrorist attacks against security personnel, government structures or civilian targets. On Tuesday, assailants shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Qalyubia ...

H5N1 avian flu have been surging in Egypt

Cases of H5N1 avian flu have been surging in Egypt since the fall. Egypt has now passed Indonesia as the country with the most human cases in total since the virus was first found in Hong Kong almost 20 years ago. About a third of the 336 cases Egypt has reported to the World Health Organization since 2006 have been ...

Two bomb attacks in Egypt’s Sinai killed at least 13 and wounded dozens

Two separate bomb attacks targeting security forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens on Sunday, the latest in a wave of violence in a region hit by an Islamist insurgency. Egypt’s military said a roadside bomb detonated by militants killed six soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on an armored military vehicle ...

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed an agreement on sharing the Nile River water

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday signed an initial agreement on sharing water from the Nile River that runs through the three countries, as Addis Ababa presses ahead with its construction of a massive new dam it hopes will help alleviate the country’s power shortages. The dam had been an issue of contention among the three countries, with Egypt concerned it would reduce its ...

Egypt has handed down death sentences to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood

An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement and 13 others, state media has reported. Mohammed Badie and the other key members of the group were found guilty of planning attacks against the state. Badie is embroiled in several trials and has been sentenced to death before, although the sentences were later ...

Egypt unveiled $45 billion plan to build a new capital

Over the weekend, Egypt unveiled plans to build a wholly new capital. The new city would lie somewhere to Cairo’s east, closer to the Red Sea. It would sprawl across some 150 square miles and potentially be home to as many as 7 million people. Projected to cost $45 billion, it was announced at a summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El-Sheikh aimed at boosting ...

Egypt’s president boisterous after billions of dollars in deals signed at economic conference

Egypt’s president claimed broad support from the international community for his vision of the future on Sunday, in a boisterous speech to an investor conference that saw billions pledged to boost an economy left battered by four years of turmoil following a popular uprising. A jubilant Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi acknowledged Egypt’s road to recovery will be long and costly, but described ...

Egypt Basks in World Support at Investor Conference

Egypt’s president claimed broad support from the international community for his vision of the future on Sunday, in a boisterous speech to an investor conference that saw billions pledged to boost an economy left battered by four years of turmoil following a popular uprising. A jubilant Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi acknowledged Egypt’s road to recovery will be long and costly, but described ...

Egypt Deports Australian Journalist Jailed With 2 Al Jazeera Colleagues

The Egyptian authorities have deported an Australian television journalist jailed for more than a year on politicized charges about the content of his work. The Australian, Peter Greste, is one of three journalists for Al Jazeera’s English-language affiliate jailed on allegations of reporting false news in a conspiracy with the Muslim Brotherhood to destabilize the country. The other two, along ...

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