Egypt

Egypt’s top Islamic authority clashes with president over ‘I divorce you’ law

CAIRO — Egypt’s top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. It marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years. The Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar — ...

Sudan president accuses Egypt of backing opponents

DUBAI – Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir accused the Egyptian government of harbouring and backing Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops, in remarks broadcast on Sunday. In his first such accusation against Cairo, Bashir said in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiya that Sudanese opposition figures were “backed by Egyptian intelligence services”. “We raise this issue every time when we meet Egyptian ...

Hamas leader praises Egypt after Gaza return

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya returned to Gaza Friday after five months abroad, an AFP reporter said, praising improving ties with neighbours Egypt. Haniya, Gaza head of the Islamist movement, left in September to perform the Muslim hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, returning via Gulf countries and Egypt, where he sought to mend frayed relations. “The movement’s delegation completed a successful ...

Egypt 1 Uganda 0: Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny tastes AFCON 2017 success

Substitute Abdallah El Said struck an 89th-minute winner to seal a 1-0 victory over Uganda and boost Egypt’s hopes of reaching the African Nations Cup knockout stages. El Said’s effort means Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and his team-mates will head into Wednesday’s final Group D clash with already-qualified Ghana needing just a point to progress, while Uganda are eliminated. Egypt made ...

Gunmen kill eight Egyptian police in attack on al-Naqab checkpoint, interior ministry says

Gunmen killed eight police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in south-west Egypt, the interior ministry said. Two of the attackers were killed when security forces fought back, and three other security personnel were injured. The attack took place on al-Naqab checkpoint, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from el-Kharga city, the capital of the ...

Egyptian Court Blocks Plan to Transfer Two Islands to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday upheld a ruling that said the government cannot transfer control of two key Red Sea islands to its main financial backer, Saudi Arabia, deepening a rift between the two Middle Eastern countries. The alliance between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two of the most influential Sunni countries in the world, has been tense for ...

Foreigners can repatriate profits soon, says Egypt Central Bank governor

Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tarek Amer said on Friday that foreign investors would be able to repatriate profits and capital “in the coming period” now that the country’s foreign reserves had recovered, state news agency MENA reported. Speaking at a conference held by investment bank EFG Hermes, Amer said the banking sector had secured inflows of between $7.5 billion ...

Egypt’s most famed mom dies at 82

Cairo: Veteran Egyptian actress Kareema Mukhtar, best known for playing the caring mother in dozens of television, cinema and stage productions, died on Thursday night, state television reported. She was 82. Mukhtar, who launched an acting career in the 1950s, died in a Cairo hospital after months of bad health, the broadcaster added. Her death came a few days before ...

Nine Terrorists Killed as Army Foils Attack in Egypt

Cairo:At least nine terrorists were killed and 16 others injured as Egypt’s army foiled an attack on number of security checkpoints in North Sinai, military officials said. The attack, which took place yesterday, targeted different army checkpoints at the same time. The attackers used cars carrying explosives, motorcycles and electronic weapons, military spokesperson colonel Tamer el-Refa’e said in a statement. ...

Egypt official accused of corruption ‘kills himself’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A top Egyptian government official has killed himself in jail after being arrested in connection with a corruption investigation, reports say. Wael Shalaby was a former secretary general of Egypt’s administrative courts system. He resigned on Saturday, a day before his arrest. The public prosecutor said his arrest was part of an inquiry into accusations of ...

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