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Egypt launches massive security operation against Islamic State militants

Egypt has begun a massive security operation involving land, sea and air forces in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the epicentre of an Islamic insurgency spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. The operation, announced in a televised statement by army spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Rifaai, began early on Friday and covers central Sinai and areas ...

Back off Cyprus gas or face confrontation, Egypt warns Turkey

Turkey will face a confrontation with Egypt if it does not respect Cairo’s rights for gas exploration won in a deal with Greek Cyprus, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid warned on Tuesday. The maritime border demarcation deal in question was signed in 2013 between Egypt and Cyprus, and gives Cairo access to an area of the East ...

Egypt’s President Moves To Curb Opposition As Election Nears

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has moved toward assuring victory in the upcoming March election with most of his potential opponents bowing out or facing arrest. The election has called into question the reforms sparked by protests during the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square seven years ago. Jane Arraf, NPR correspondent based in Cairo tells WBUR’s Here & Now that the current political climate ...

A dinosaur discovery in Egypt has revealed an ancient link between Africa and Europe

Dinosaurs in North Africa were much more closely related to dinosaurs in Europe and Asia than those in southern part of the continent, according to a recent discovery of dinosaur fossil in the Sahara desert of Egypt. It is the first substantial dinosaur skeleton discovery from continental Africa for the time period of the last 30 million years of the ...

7 Years After Arab Spring, Egypt Faces Fresh Political Challenge

CAIRO —  Seven years after ebullient crowds demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to overthrow longtime President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt’s second revolution in 60 years, the country is facing more sober political, economic and security choices, as it prepares for a fresh presidential election in March. That vote will be, for the most part, a referendum on the popularity of ...

Egyptian politician emerges as sole election challenger to Sisi

Mousa Mostafa Mousa leads the Ghad party, which had endorsed Sisi for a second term and even organized events to help nominate the former military commander as recently as last week. Mousa said he would mount a full challenge to Sisi, though opposition activists, journalists, and analysts took to Twitter to dismiss him as a dummy candidate, standing only to ...

With dissent crushed, Egypt’s presidential campaign is a subdued affair

outsized posters of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stare down on empty rooms inside the headquarters of a campaign for the Egyptian president’s second term in power. Egypt’s presidential election is two months away, but the repurposed five-room apartment that serves as the movement’s hub stands silent, except for the hum of traffic from the street outside, a bustling two-lane artery for Cairo’s Tahrir ...

Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian presidential race

The Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali has quit the race, becoming the latest would-be candidate who either has bowed out or been forced to abandon a challenge to the president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, before the March election. Ali, a prominent socialist, had entered the race as a symbol of Egypt’s leftist revolutionary politics, but on Wednesday he told ...

In Cairo, Pence praises the friendship and partnership between the U.S. and Egypt

CAIRO — On Saturday, the first day of the federal government shutdown, Vice President Pence arrived here in the late afternoon to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, whom he praised and repeatedly called a “friend” of the United States. The leaders spent roughly four hours together and delivered brief statements before a small group of reporters who are traveling ...

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 ...