Cairo Governorate
Arab FMs affirm Jerusalem as future Palestinian capital
Egyptian singer gets six-months jail term for insulting the Nile
Egypt Islamist party backs Sisi re-election bid
Sissi’s last real challenger quits Egypt presidential race
Egypt's President Sisi says will stand for re-election
Egypt singer detained over racy music video — judiciary
Egypt's Sisi reelected with 92% of vote: state media
2018-03-30 05:54:17 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, state media reported on Thursday citing preliminary results. Some 23 million of the 6rcent of the vote, state media reported on Thursday citing preliminary results.0 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday, state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm, and the official MENA news agency reported   Read More ...
Egypt heads to polls to choose between Sisi and 'rival'
2018-03-26 21:10:40 Cairo, Egypt | AFP |Egyptians headed to the polls Monday in a presidential election to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a little-known politician who has struggled to make the case he is a serious contender. Polling stations opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) for the three-day vote, in which Sisi is all but guaranteed to win a second four-year term   Read More ...
Egypt filmmakers defy taboos of conservative society
2018-03-12 16:31:57 CAIRO, Egypt — Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most dynamic movie industries in the world. The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivaled those of Western movies at the time   Read More ...
Egypt court sentences 10 to death on terror-related charges
2018-03-12 06:03:23 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 10 people to death and five others to life in prison for forming a “terrorist cell” to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions. The State-run MENA news agency says the defendants are affiliated with the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and are accused of aiming to assault security personnel and state institutions, target Egypt's Christian minority and disrupt public order   Read More ...
Egypt army says 16 Islamic State terrorists killed in Sinai operation
2018-03-11 14:19:32 CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s military said Sunday 16 jihadists, an officer and a soldier were killed in the past four days during a major military operation against Islamic State group terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula. The army launched a sweeping campaign after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is running in elections for his second term this month, gave it a three-month deadline to crush IS in Sinai   Read More ...
Arab FMs affirm Jerusalem as future Palestinian capital
2018-03-08 07:16:28 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Arab foreign ministers insisted on Wednesday that Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state, even as the US prepares to move its embassy there in a step that has angered the Arab world. A ministerial meeting held in the Egyptian capital Cairo brought together foreign ministers from the Arab League member-states. It came amid a wave of anger at US President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there, sparking protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the time   Read More ...
Four soldiers, 10 jihadists killed in Egypt Sinai campaign
2018-03-05 00:08:22 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s military said on Sunday four soldiers and 10 jihadists were killed in a military operation in Sinai against Islamic State group jihadists. The deaths raise military casualties to at least 16 dead, along with more than 100 jihadists, since the start of the operation on February 9, according to previous army tolls. The army launched the campaign after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections for his second term this month, gave them a three month deadline to crush IS in Sinai   Read More ...
Egypt court voids rulings on Saudi island transfer
2018-03-04 06:02:32 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s constitutional court on Saturday voided contradictory lower court rulings on the controversial transfer of two islands to Saudi Arabia, state media reported. The ruling on the transfer of the Tiran and Sanafir islands in the Red Sea, which sparked protests in Egypt, effectively ends legal challenges to the deal, already ratified by the government. The ruling comes a day before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Egypt for a two day visit, the first leg of a foreign tour   Read More ...
Media under official scrutiny ahead of Egypt poll
2018-03-03 09:12:50 CAIRO, Egypt — Media in Egypt faces increased scrutiny and restrictions by authorities ahead of a presidential election this month incumbent Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi will dominate, critics say. The president, addressing media, warned on Thursday against “defamation” of security forces, a day after his prosecution warned it would take legal action against “false news.” Egypt ranks 161 out of 180 countries in press freedoms according to watchdog Reporters Without Borders’ 2017 Press Freedoms Index   Read More ...
Egypt’s chief prosecutor wants close monitoring of the media
2018-02-28 21:35:25 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday reminded his staff to closely monitor the media and start legal action against any outlet that disrupts security or hurts national interests, according to a statement issued by his office. Nabil Sadeq’s statement says “forces of evil” — one of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s hallmark phrases — have recently been trying to hurt the nation’s safety and security and spread false news in the media and social media sites   Read More ...
Egyptian singer gets six-months jail term for insulting the Nile
2018-02-27 19:27:23 CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian court sentenced pop star Sherine to six months in prison on Tuesday for suggesting drinking from the Nile River leads to illness, although she will remain free pending an appeal. Sherine Abdel Wahab, known simply as Sherine, had apologized after being caught on tape joking with concert goers that Nile water could give them parasites. The Cairo misdemeanor court convicted her of having spread “false news   Read More ...
Campaigning for Egypt’s presidential vote underway
2018-02-26 06:14:46 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Campaigning began in Egypt’s presidential elections this weekend, a contest pitting a little-known, face-saving candidate against the incumbent, general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is virtually certain to win. Set for almost a month, campaigning ends on March 23 and the vote is staggered over three days — March 26-28 — apparently to secure a decent turnout for an election whose result most agree is a foregone conclusion and accord it some measure of respectability   Read More ...
Egypt presidential race starts with Sisi favourite to win
2018-02-24 18:05:59 Cairo, EGYPT | AFP | Campaigning began in Egypt’s presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likely to romp to victory in the absence of a serious challenger in the two-candidate race. The former army chief will face the head of the liberal Ghad party, Mussa Mustapha Mussa, after the other potential contenders withdrew or were arrested ahead of the March 26-28 polls   Read More ...
Egypt presidential race starts with Sissi favorite to win
2018-02-24 14:25:51 CAIRO, Egypt — Campaigning began in Egypt’s presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, likely to romp to victory in the absence of a serious challenger in the two-candidate race. The former army chief will face the head of the liberal Ghad party, Mussa Mustapha Mussa, after the other potential contenders withdrew or were arrested ahead of the March 26-28 polls   Read More ...
Old Kingdom Pharaonic tomb discovered in Egypt's Giza(1/5)
2018-02-05 03:30:23 An archeologist works at a newly discovered tomb on the Giza plateau on the southern outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, on Feb. 3, 2018. An Egyptian archaeological mission has discovered an Old Kingdom tomb of a lady called "Hetpet" who was a top official in the royal palace during the end of the Fifth Dynasty, according to Egyptian authorities Saturday. (Xinhua/Ahmed   Read More ...
Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo
2018-02-03 21:00:03 Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the country's famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said Saturday, the latest discovery that authorities hope will help revive the country's staggering tourism sector. The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza's western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom   Read More ...
Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo
2018-02-03 15:02:10 CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo. Egypt's Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery Saturday and said the tomb likely belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt. The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes. Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the archaeological mission, says the scenes depict a monkey — at the time commonly kept as domestic animals — reaping fruit and another dancing before an orchestra   Read More ...
Egypt opposition urges boycott of presidential election
2018-01-31 03:05:05 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Opposition parties and figures in Egypt called Tuesday for a boycott of the March presidential election in which incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks set to romp to victory. Branding the poll a “charade”, the coalition of eight parties and 150 public figures announced a campaign under the slogan “Stay at home” ahead of voting on March 26-28   Read More ...
Egyptians urged to boycott vote after withdrawals
2018-01-29 18:11:29 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Five Egyptian public figures, including two former presidential hopefuls, called Sunday for voters to boycott the March presidential election after the withdrawal of all candidates but the incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi, who has been in power since 2014, appears set to run unopposed after all other presidential hopefuls were either jailed or announced they would not take part in the election on March 26-28   Read More ...
Egypt Islamist party backs Sisi re-election bid
2018-01-29 12:09:14 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist Al-Nour party has decided to support President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his bid to be re-elected in March, the party said on Sunday. Sisi, who has been in power since 2014, appears set to run unopposed after all other presidential hopefuls announced they would not take part in the election on March 26-28   Read More ...
Colossus of ancient Egyptian King Ramses moved to new home(1/3)
2018-01-26 09:30:24 The Statue of King Ramses II is seen on the way to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 25, 2018. Egypt moved an 83-tonne, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo’s new Grand Egyptian Museum on Thursday in a complex operation undertaken by army engineers and specialist contractors. (Photo/Agencies)   Read More ...
Sissi’s last real challenger quits Egypt presidential race
2018-01-25 01:19:01 CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — A rights lawyer seen as the last real challenger to Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday quit the race to be president, the latest in a string of potential candidates to withdraw or be jailed. Sissi, who has ruled the North African country with an iron fist since being elected in 2014, earlier in the day became the only candidate so far to formally submit his bid to stand in the election   Read More ...
After rival accused of crimes, Egypt’s Sissi registers candidacy for reelection
2018-01-24 18:27:17 CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday formally submitted his candidacy for presidential elections in March that he looks certain to dominate as a string of potential challengers have dropped out. Sissi, who was elected president in 2014 a year after heading the military ouster of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi, on Friday confirmed he would be seeking a second four-year term   Read More ...
Egypt gets biggest FDI deal since pound float, minister says
2018-01-23 18:21:28 CAIRO Egypt secured its biggest non-oil foreign direct investment deal since it floated the pound, Investment Minister Sahar Nasr said, as Dubai-based Al Ghurair Group agreed to put $333 million into a new sugar factory and farm. Canal Sugar Co., a subsidiary of the conglomerate, will hold a 33 per cent stake in the project about 165 miles (265 kilometres) south of Cairo, rising to 51 per cent when it is finished in three years, the government said on Monday   Read More ...
Egypt's President Sisi says will stand for re-election
2018-01-20 06:04:27 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Friday he would stand in a presidential election due to take place in March. “I announce to you in the honesty and transparency which we are used to… my candidacy for the post of president of the republic,” Sisi said at a conference in Cairo, broadcast live on state television   Read More ...
Football boss Mansour says to stand for Egypt president
2018-01-14 00:04:43 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | The head of Egypt’s legendary Zamalek football club, Mortada Mansour, said Saturday he would be standing in the presidential election in March. “I will be a candidate in the presidential election and I will start to collect sponsors,” he wrote on Facebook. He also confirmed his intention to run on a television show, saying he “had to gather about 25,000 signatures in 15 provinces in just 10 days”   Read More ...
Arab foreign ministers to meet on Trump’s Jerusalem move
2018-01-10 17:23:30 CAIRO, Egypt — Arab foreign ministers will meet early next month to discuss steps against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Arab League said Wednesday. The meeting of the League’s Council will be held on February 1 in Cairo, its general secretariat said in a memo obtained by AFP. President Trump’s controversial decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked protests in Arab and Muslim countries and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution   Read More ...
Surge in foreign fund inflows sets stage for Egyptian boom
2018-01-07 18:09:48 CAIRO, DUBAI Encouraged by Egypt’s economic reforms, a major gas find, streamlined business rules and a devalued currency, investors are increasingly optimistic about prospects for the country after years of political turmoil. Foreign holdings of Treasury bills hit a record high in December, foreign inflows into the stock market last year were the highest since 2010 and direct investment by foreign firms and private equity funds is on the rise again   Read More ...
Clashes in Cairo after detainee dies at police station
2018-01-06 21:30:37 CAIRO (AFP) - Clashes erupted between Egyptian protesters and policemen on Saturday outside a Cairo police station over the death of a young man in custody, security sources said. Nine people were injured and 20 people arrested in the overnight scuffle in Cairo's working class neighbourhood of Moqattam, they said. The security sources said a young man nicknamed Afroto, who was arrested on Friday for alleged drug trafficking, died after a violent brawl with other detainees   Read More ...
Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year
2018-01-05 13:46:22 Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah A mural of Egypt and Liverpool soccer star Mohamed Salah is seen as people sit outside a coffee shop in Cairo, Egypt , Reuters Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday, finishing ahead of his Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   Read More ...
Egypt Copts to celebrate Christmas after bloody year
2018-01-05 09:14:00 CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Police in Egypt are boosting security around churches as Coptic Christians prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Sunday after a year of deadly terror attacks targeting the ancient community. More than 100 Christians have been killed in the spate of violence, including a shooting at a church south of Cairo just last week claimed by the Islamic State group   Read More ...
Egypt singer detained over racy music video — judiciary
2018-01-05 08:14:49 CAIRO, Egypt — Prosecutors in Egypt have detained a female singer for four days for “incitement to debauchery” after an online video clip sparked controversy, a judicial source said on Tuesday. Leila Amer appeared at the end of December in a music video called “Boss Omek” (“Look at your mother”) which includes sensual bellydancing and suggestive gestures. Musicians’ union president Hany Shaker, a male singer known for his conservative views, last week announced on the private channel Dream TV that Amer had been expelled from the union   Read More ...
Two Christians killed in New Year attack on Egypt liquor store
2018-01-01 15:11:16 CAIRO, Egypt — A gunman killed two Copts celebrating the New Year in an Egyptian alcohol shop early on Monday, judicial and security sources said, the latest deadly violence against the Christian minority. The shooting came just three days after a gunman, identified as a wanted jihadist, killed nine people in an attack on a church south of the capital. An assailant rode up in the back of a motorcycle taxi and opened fire on the liquor store in Cairo’s twin city Giza at around 1:30 a   Read More ...
Egypt Sentences Ex-President Mohamed Mursi, 19 Others To Three Years In Jail For Insulting Judiciary
2017-12-30 13:05:29 Cairo, Egypt: A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary. Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds   Read More ...
Islamic State claims deadly attack on Egypt church
2017-12-29 22:15:35 CAIRO, Egypt — The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for an attack Friday on a church south of Cairo that left at least nine people dead. A “security detachment” carried out the attack on the Saint Mina Coptic church in the district of Helwan, IS said in a statement via its propaganda agency Amaq. The attack was carried out by a gunman on a motorcycle who opened fire outside the church and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, Egyptian authorities said   Read More ...
Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church
2017-12-29 19:03:38 CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people in the latest apparent jihadist attack on Egypt's Christian minority. The attacker targeted the Saint Mina Coptic church in the district of Helwan, just south of Cairo. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the gunman was shot dead after killing nine people and wounding others, including a police officer   Read More ...
Gunman attacks church near Cairo, shot dead: police
2017-12-29 15:02:04 CAIRO (AFP) - A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday and was shot dead by policemen, police officials said. The gunman wounded five security guards outside the church and then tried to storm the building when police shot him dead, the officials said. The officials said they were searching for a possible second gunman who may have escaped   Read More ...
Egypt: 5 killed in gun attack at a Coptic church near Cairo
2017-12-29 12:45:25 At least five people have been killed in a gun attack at a Coptic Christian church near the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Egypt's Interior Ministry says two people were among the dead, as well as one of two attackers. The second assailant is said to have fled the scene. More to follow   Read More ...
Helwan: Gunman launches deadly attack on Marmina Church
2017-12-29 11:42:44 At least five people have been killed after a gunman opened fire on a Coptic church near the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Egypt's health ministry said. The attacker wounded five security guards before trying to enter Marmina Church in Helwan City, south of Cairo, on Friday. Security forces later killed the gunman. Local reports said there was a second attacker, and claimed that policemen were among the victims   Read More ...
ISIS Claims Kabul Bombings: Propaganda Agency
2017-12-28 12:09:49 Cairo, Egypt: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite cultural centre in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Thursday that killed about 40 people. The extremist group said it targeted the centre with three bombs followed by a suicide bombing, in a statement on its propaganda outlet Amaq. (This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed   Read More ...