Egypt

Ethiopia rejects Egypt’s request to include WB in GERD talks

CAIRO – 21 January 2018: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn asserted on Sunday, a day after finishing his official visit to Cairo, that Ethiopia will not accept Egypt’s request to include the World Bank in the tripartite technical committee’s talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA). Desalegn said that Ethiopia will not ...

Egyptian navy fatally shoots Palestinian fisherman at sea

GAZA – The Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the Gaza Ministry said on Saturday. Egyptian officials had no immediate comment on the incident which happened late on Friday after dark near the southern border-town Rafah, according to Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra. It could not be confirmed whether the fisherman was ...

What Egypt needs to do to keep the money flowing to its economy ahead of March’s election

Egypt is still grappling with domestic tensions, and has the uncertainty of a presidential election on the horizon. Investors, however, appear unfazed, and are betting that a host of economic reforms and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) funding program will pay off. Foreign investment into Egypt’s stock market recently hit the highest level since 2010, and direct investment is also ...

Explosion in Egypt’s Sinai kills six soldiers: army

Cairo – Six Egyptian soldiers died when their vehicle exploded during a raid against “terrorists” in restless North Sinai province, the army said Thursday. “An officer and five soldiers died when an explosive device blew up their vehicle during a raid on a terrorist den,” spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said in a statement. In a separate operation, three jihadists were killed, ...

Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church

A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people before policemen shot him dead, officials and state media said. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the gunman who was shot dead had killed nine people and wounded others, including a police officer. The gunman had tried to storm the ...

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

Russia and Egypt signed a deal on Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break, officials announced. Moscow suspended flights to Egypt after a bomb by the local Islamic State affiliate brought down a Russian airliner over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. ...

In Snub to U.S., Russia and Egypt Move Toward Deal on Air Bases

Egypt, in what appeared to be a snub to the Trump administration, has reached a preliminary agreement to allow Russian military jets to use its airspace and bases, both sides said Thursday. If finalized, the agreement would give Russia its deepest presence in Egypt since 1973, when Cairo expelled the military of the Soviet Union and instead became Washington’s closest ...

Egyptian women participate in UNWG’s annual international bazaar

CAIRO – 22 November 2017: Egypt’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva participated in the annual international bazaar organized by United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) on Wednesday. Different countries’ missions presented their national products and foods at the bazaar and allocated the revenues to finance charity projects for children. The Egyptian mission showcased the products of families, supervised ...

UPDATE: 29 detained in Egypt on charges espionage for Turkey

CAIRO – 22 November 2017: General Prosecutor Nabil Ahmed Sadeq has ordered the arrest and imprisonment of 29 defendants for 15 days pending investigations by the Supreme State Security Prosecution, revealed by Egypt’s General Intelligence Service (GIS). The defendants have been accused of conspiring with Turkey with the aim to harm national interests, join terrorist organizations, conduct overseas calls without ...

Sister’s ‘nightmare’ as Hull woman jailed in Egypt faces agonising wait for court hearing

The family of a Hull woman accused of smuggling prescription drugs into Egypt have spoken of their “nightmare” as she waits for a hearing in the Crown Court. Laura Plummer, 33, has already spent more than a month in police custody in Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport for carrying 300 tramadol pills. She claimed the strong painkillers were ...

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