Egypt

Egyptian actors’ Syria visit sparks uproar at home

Cairo: An Egyptian delegation of film actors and directors this week visited the Syrian capital Damascus, triggering uproar at home. The visitors included celebrated actors Elham Shahin and Farouq Al Feshawi as well as filmmakers Omar Abdul Aziz and Mohsen Fouda, who also heads the Egyptian Actors ‘Association. The trip came days after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al ...

Hamas’ new policy document brings the group closer to Egypt

mas’ founding charter, which was published in 1988, defines Hamas “as a universal Islamic movement and one of the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” Consequently, Hamas has been tied to the Brotherhood for the past 29 years In its new Document of General Principles and Policies announced May 1 from Doha, Qatar, many articles that were included initially ...

Egypt and Syria have been “disappearing” their citizens. This is why countries do it.

Human rights organizations recently reported that activists in Egypt have disappeared after they were stopped at government checkpoints. In Syria, the regime has disappeared thousands in the midst of its brutal civil war. Repressive states in the Middle East have increasingly added the “disappearing” of regime opponents to their means of violence. Enforced disappearance is the state’s refusal to acknowledge ...

Egypt Issues Law Allowing President to Appoint Judges

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system. Parliament passed the amendments on Wednesday but some judges had called on Sisi to hold off on ratifying them, calling the amendments an unconstitutional ...

Pope Francis in Egypt: ‘No to every form of violence’

An Egyptian army vehicle is stationed outside of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in central Cairo. The Pope’s visit comes nearly three weeks after the Palm Sunday bombing of two Coptic churches, brazen strikes that left at least 45 people dead. Hide Caption 5 of 9 Photos: Pope Francis visits Egypt Pope Francis greets Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam ...

Palm Sunday bombing suspect surrenders to Egyptian authorities

A man suspected in one of the two Palm Sunday bombings of Coptic Christian churches in northern Egypt has turned himself in to authorities. Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Hussein is believed to have played a role in the bombing of St. George Church in the city of Tanta that killed 27 and injured 78, according to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. He turned ...

Gunmen Kill Police Officer Near St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt

CAIRO — Gunmen attacked a checkpoint near the iconic St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, killing one police officer and wounding four others on Tuesday evening, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting through its Amaq news agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist ...

Saudi Aramco to resume oil product shipments to Egypt soon

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian state oil company Aramco will resume oil product shipments to Egypt some six months after suddenly halting them, the Egyptian Petroleum Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry said in a statement it was working out a timetable with Aramco for the resumption of shipments and that commercial reasons related to global oil prices and reduced ...

‘We want bread’: subsidy cut sparks protests across Egypt

Some of Egypt’s major cities have been paralysed by rare protests in response to a cut in bread subsidies. The country’s ministry of supply reduced the state-sponsored provision of bread of up to 4,000 to 500 loaves per bakery, according to local news reports. The move is designed to replace an earlier and more controversial proposal to cut the supply ...

Egypt’s Christians are being driven out – will the world notice?

A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice. “Americans need to know that one of the oldest Christian communities in the world is under threat from being completely pushed out of Egypt,” which would be disastrous ...

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