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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 ...

Egypt says finishes work on New Suez Canal

Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said on Wednesday, a project President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and a major chance to stimulate an economy suffering double-digit unemployment. The army led work 11 months ago on the $8-billion (£5.1 billion) canal, flanking the existing, 145-year-old waterway and part of a larger ...

Egyptian Security forces are on high alert along Sinai Gaza border

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’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 ...