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Egyptian police die in mortar attack

WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG Thirteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a mortar attack in Sinai, the country’s Interior Ministry said via Facebook on Saturday. The mortar round targeted a checkpoint in al-Arish, according to the ministry. In a statement posted online, ISIS claimed responsibility. Egyptian state media reported that “security forces are currently undertaking operations to catch the armed ...

Egypt: Officials claim mistaken identity after toddler sentenced to life

Family members of a 3-year-old Egyptian boy who was sentenced last week to life in prison say they feel relieved after receiving assurances from officials that neither the boy nor his father will be arrested. The boy’s father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, has returned to the family home in the southern Egyptian province of Fayyoum after nearly 18 months on the ...

Egypt’s Sisi tells interior minister to crack down on abuses by police

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the interior minister on Friday to crack down on police abuse and to submit proposals to parliament to achieve this goal, the presidency said, as anger mounts over alleged police brutality. Their meeting came a day after a police officer shot dead a man in the street, angering hundreds of people who protested in ...

How Egypt’s most famous jailed couple celebrated Valentine’s Day

It’s not unusual for a woman to receive a bouquet of roses from her husband on Valentine’s Day. What is unusual is to receive them in a court holding cell after a couple has spent months apart in separate jails. The wife and husband in this instance are Aya Hegazi and Mohamed Hassanein, the founders of the Belady Foundation, an ...

Despite the failed revolution, Egypt’s iron-fisted ruler won’t last

Egyptians have always been ill-served, at best, and brutalized, at worst, by their leaders, whether Ottoman, British, Nasserist or under President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. So instead of asking why Egypt’s revolution of five years ago failed, let’s point a finger at the sorry parade of post-revolutionary leaders who have presumed to lead but failed just as their predecessors did. ...

Bunge wants resolution on Egypt wheat shipment

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. International food commodities trader Bunge said it still intended to deliver a cargo of wheat to Egypt after the government rejected it in a case closely watched in the grain market. The New York-listed company this week ...

Thousands of doctors in Egypt protest after police accused of attack on two medics

Thousands of doctors in Egypt have staged a rare protest against police abuses after accusations that two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo hospital. The doctors’ union also voted to offer free services in public hospitals and to call a partial strike in two weeks time unless the officers involved are held accountable, measures are taken to ...

Teen tourist who scaled a pyramid banned from Egypt for life

A German tourist who illegally scaled an ancient pyramid to take death-defying selfies has been banned from the country for life. Andrej Ciesielski caused outrage when he climbed the 4500-year-old Cheops pyramid at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. His intention was to take photos on the top of the ancient tomb, which he did, and posted to his Instagram account. “It ...

Egypt fills its prisons, but don’t worry, it’ll make more

Egypt’s worsening human rights abuses are not going unnoticed. People are being assaulted on many fronts, from travel restrictions and false imprisonment to limits on freedom of expression, torture and killings. In an example of this trend, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree Jan. 13 designating 100 acres of land for construction of the new Giza Central Prison, a huge ...

Ancient 4,500-year-old boat discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists from the Charles University in Prague have unearthed a 4,500-year-old 59-foot boat at a site in Egypt. While working at the site of the Abusir necropolis near Cairo the archaeologists discovered 4,500-year-old wooden planks that formed part of the boat. The boat’s size, alongside additional clues such as a bowl bearing the name of king Huni of the Third ...