Egypt

Egypt’s Agriculture Minister has been arrested over a corruption charges

Agriculture Minister of Egypt, Salah El Din Mahmoud Helal has been arrested as part of a corruption charges on Monday after his resignation. The prime minister’s office said in the statement released earlier on Monday that Salah El Din Mahmoud Helal’s resignation had been accepted on the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, but did not mention the reason of his resignation. It ...

Israeli Officials expressed Concerned About Gas Discovery in Egypt

Israeli officials expressed concern that the discovery of an extensive gas field off the coast of Egypt could upend Israeli development of its energy resources. The Italian energy company Eni SpA on Sunday announced the discovery of the largest gas field in the Mediterranean, threatening a deal between the Israeli government and developers that was based on expectations of substantial ...

“Supergiant” natural gas field has been discovered in Egypt’s coast

The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced on Sunday that it has discovered a “supergiant” natural gas field off Egypt’s coast. The field was 1,450m (4,757 feet) beneath the surface and covered 100 sq km (39 sq miles) according to Eni. It could hold possibly 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent, the company said. It is ...

Egypt has approved new anti-terrorism laws

Egypt has approved new anti-terrorism laws in order to fight a spreading jihadist insurgency. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed to bring in new law against terrorism after the car bomb of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat in late June. The new law establish special courts and offer additional protection from legal consequences for military and police officers who have used force. They also impose the death penalty for ...

Military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya

The spokesman of Egypt’s armed forces says a military aircraft crashed near the border with Libya because of a technical failure while on a counterterrorism mission, killing four crew members and wounding two. Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir says on his Facebook page that the aircraft crashed Thursday during a joint air and ground mission southeast of the Siwa oasis, near ...

Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate published a photograph it said showed the beheaded body of a Croatian hostage

: Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate published a photograph it said showed the beheaded body of a Croatian hostage it had threatened to kill last week, the SITE monitoring service reported on Wednesday. The authenticity of the picture could not be immediately independently verified. It carried a caption that said: “killing of the Croatian hostage, due to his country’s participation in ...

21 died from heatwave as high as 47ºC in Egypt

21 people have died and 66 others were hospitalized with exhaustion as increasing temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt according to the health ministry. All victims died on Sunday as the temperature soared as high as 47ºC (117 ºF). The ministry said in a statement that 15 people died in Cairo, 4 in the Delta province of Qalibiya and 2 in Upper ...

Egypt celebrates new Suez Canal and the Army is ready

Egypt will open an expansion to the Suez Canal to great fanfare on Thursday, the first of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s plans to revitalise the country’s economy after years of damaging political turmoil. World leaders, including dignitaries from neighbouring Arab nations such as King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Western countries such as French President Francois Hollande, are expected to ...

Kerry says US, Egypt return to ‘stronger base’ in ties

The United States and Egypt are returning to a ‘stronger base’ in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. “Egypt remains vital … to engagement and stability in the region as a whole,” said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009. ...

Egypt and Saudi Arabia sign pact to boost military ties

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a pact in Cairo Thursday aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies. Relations have warmed since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with Saudi Arabia offering billions in aid to Egypt and Cairo participating in a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. On Thursday, a Saudi ...