Egypt
Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years for racy banana-eating video
Egypt star Mohamed Salah named BBC African player of the year
Putin calls for Mideast talks to resume, including on Jerusalem
Russia to ink $30B nuclear deal with Egypt, expanding its influence in the Middle East
Russia's Putin, Egypt's Sisi discuss nuclear deal, Middle East tensions
Russia’s Putin lands in Egypt in sign of growing ties
World e-waste rises 8 percent by weight in 2 years as incomes rise, prices fall: UN-backed report
2017-12-14 20:12:26 The world's e-waste -- discarded products with a battery or plug -- reached a staggering 44.7 million metric tonnes in 2016 -- up 3.3 Mt or 8 percent from 2014. In 2016 world e-waste -- everything from end-of-life refrigerators and television sets to solar panels, mobile phones and computers -- equaled in weight almost nine Great Pyramids of Giza, or 1   Read More ...
Egypt to reopen border crossing with Gaza
2017-12-14 20:06:26 Cairo: Egypt will reopen on Saturday a key border crossing with the Palestinian Gaza Strip for the first time since a deadly attack on a mosque in troubled North Sinai last month. The Egyptian authorities have decided to reopen the Rafah crossing in both directions for four days, starting Saturday, to allow passing students and sick people, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency reported on Thursday   Read More ...
Tiny inflatable robot made to explore Egyptian pyramids may uncover secrets of the ancient world
2017-12-14 17:38:17 A tiny inflatable robot may reveal the secrets to Egypt's ancient pyramids as researchers develop a new way for technology to access the hidden chambers of the ancient world. Engineers from Cairo University and the Florida-based HIP Institute are building a probe so tiny that it can enter the pyramids at Giza through a 3.5-centimetre (1.4-inch) hole drilled through a wall as part of the project ScanPyramids   Read More ...
Egypt: Al Jazeera journalist jailed another 45 days
2017-12-14 17:03:08 Egypt extended Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein's imprisonment for another 45 days on Thursday as the producer in poor health nears one year of incarceration on dubious charges. Hussein was taken by Egyptian security officers on December 20 last year and accused of reporting "false news with the aim of creating chaos". An Egyptian national, Hussein had returned to visit his family on a holiday from Qatar - where he is based - when he was arrested, interrogated, and incarcerated   Read More ...
Egypt to sign deal to help resumption of Russian flights
2017-12-14 16:40:34 CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Aviation Ministry officials say a security protocol is soon to be signed with Russia to prepare for the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt after more than a two-year hiatus. Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi headed to Moscow on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart to finalize the agreement. The aviation officials say they expect Russian flights to resume by early 2018   Read More ...
Cyprus, Egypt, Greece agree to bolster maritime security
2017-12-14 16:31:35 The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed Thursday to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.The Egyptian official said intelligence-sharing between the three countries is also a key element of cooperation aimed at heading off potential threats to security.Kammenos added that this trilateral cooperation could expand to include other neighboring countries   Read More ...
Egypt to sign deal to help resumption of Russian flights
2017-12-14 16:11:13 CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Aviation Ministry officials say a security protocol is soon to be signed with Russia to prepare for the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt after more than a two-year hiatus. Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi headed to Moscow on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart to finalize the agreement. The aviation officials say they expect Russian flights to resume by early 2018   Read More ...
Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism
2017-12-14 16:05:12 Cairo - Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Defense lawyers Zyad el-Elaimy and Ahmed Fawzy said on a Facebook posts on Wednesday that Islam Marei had been held in pre-trial detention since his June arrest   Read More ...
Cyprus, Egypt, Greece agree to bolster maritime security
2017-12-14 15:10:46 LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece have agreed to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism. Cypriot Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides and his Egyptian and Greek counterparts Sedki Sobhi and Panos Kammenos say that they're also setting up a coordinating body to oversee joint special forces exercises on ensuring the security of sea lanes in the Eastern Mediterranean   Read More ...
Cyprus, Egypt, Greece agree to bolster maritime security
2017-12-14 14:44:33 LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece have agreed to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism. Cypriot Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides and his Egyptian and Greek counterparts Sedki Sobhi and Panos Kammenos say that they're also setting up a coordinating body to oversee joint special forces exercises on ensuring the security of sea lanes in the Eastern Mediterranean   Read More ...
Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism
2017-12-14 14:38:21 CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Defense lawyers Zyad el-Elaimy and Ahmed Fawzy said in Facebook posts on Wednesday that Islam Marei had been held in pre-trial detention since his June arrest   Read More ...
Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism
2017-12-14 14:11:36 CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Defense lawyers Zyad el-Elaimy and Ahmed Fawzy said in Facebook posts on Wednesday that Islam Marei had been held in pre-trial detention since his June arrest   Read More ...
Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt's Aswan
2017-12-14 12:37:51 CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan. Thursday's statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt's ancient history. The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago   Read More ...
Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt's Aswan
2017-12-14 12:11:33 CAIRO – Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan. Thursday's statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt's ancient history. The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago   Read More ...
Egypt, Russia set to resume long-halted flights
2017-12-14 12:08:21 Cairo: Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sharif Fathi Thursday left for Moscow to sign a pact with Russian transport authorities on resuming Russian flights that has been halted since the fatal crash of a Russian passenger plane in late 2015. The visit comes three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin made a short trip Cairo where he said that his country is willing for the flight resumption soon   Read More ...
Egypt minister set to sign deal to resume Russian flights
2017-12-14 10:18:49 Egypt’s aviation minister will travel to Russia to sign protocol agreements as early as Friday to allow the resumption of Russian flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a tourist jet, Egyptian sources and Russia’s minister said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo this week to discuss resuming flights and to sign a deal for a nuclear power plant as part of growing bilateral cooperation   Read More ...
Moscow, Cairo may sign deal on Friday to resume Russian flights to Egypt: TASS
2017-12-14 08:40:51 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Egypt may sign an agreement on Friday allowing to resume Russian civilian flights to Egypt, the TASS news agency cited Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying on Thursday. Egypt’s aviation minister will travel to Russia on Thursday to sign protocol agreements to resume the flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a Russian tourist jet, two ministry sources said in Cairo   Read More ...
Russia Set to Resume Civilian Flights to Egypt for First Time Since 2015 Tourist Jet Bombing
2017-12-14 08:13:45 Russia halted civilian air traffic to Egypt in 2015 after militants detonated a bomb on a Russian Metrojet flight, downing the jet leaving from Egypt's tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and killing 224 people on board.   Read More ...
Egypt minister set to sign deal to resume Russian flights
2017-12-14 08:09:01 CAIRO - Egypt's aviation minister will travel to Russia on Thursday to sign protocol agreements to allow the resumption of Russian civilian flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a tourist jet, two ministry sources said. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his counterpart Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo this week to discuss resuming flights and to sign a deal for a nuclear power plant as part of growing bilateral cooperation   Read More ...
Beaten Egyptian not charged with attempted murder - Kuwait Times
2017-12-14 04:40:05 Beaten Egyptian not charged with attempted murder KUWAIT: Judicial sources yesterday denied reports claiming that attempted murder charges were pressed against an Egyptian man who was hospitalized after he was beaten up badly in a Shuwaikh industrial area shop recently, noting that the case is so far classified as a fight. This came in response to reports circulated on Tuesday and accusing the Egyptian man, identified as Waheed Mahmoud, of starting the fight by insulting the Kuwaiti citizen and hitting him with a screwdriver   Read More ...
Egyptian singer Shyma jailed over racy video for ‘inciting debauchery’
2017-12-14 03:15:39 A court in Cairo has sentenced a little-known Egyptian pop singer to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery” over a racy music video that featured her in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana. Shyma, a 21-year-old singer Shyma whose real name is Shaimaa Ahmed,, was also fined 10,000 pounds ($560). The director of the clip, Mohamed Gamal, received the same sentence but in absentia   Read More ...
Watchdog: Egypt remains among worst jailers of journalists
2017-12-14 01:46:24 Cairo - The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world's "worst" jailers of journalists, including Egypt, to improve press freedom conditions. Wednesday's report by the New York-based CPJ says that for a second year in a row, Egypt is in third place on the list of world's top jailers of journalists, after Turkey and China   Read More ...
Egyptian singer jailed over banana video
2017-12-13 11:22:19 Cairo: An Egyptian court has sentenced a pop singer to two years in prison on charges of inciting debauchery for her raunchy performance in a music video that has triggered an outcry in the conservative country. The Misdemeanour Court in the Cairo quarter of Al Nuzah Tuesday also ordered singer Shyma, whose real name is Shaima Ahmad, to pay a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (Dh2,070)   Read More ...
Egyptian pop star JAILED for 'suggestively' eating banana while wearing lingerie in racy music video
2017-12-13 11:18:36 A Egyptian pop star has been JAILED for two years over her latest racy music video - which shows her performing in her underwear while 'suggestively' eating a banana. MirrorOnline reported last month how Shaimaa Ahmed, better known as the artist 'Shyma', had come under fire in her home country for the promo, which also shows her licking an apple which she 'teaches' a classroom full of men   Read More ...
Egyptian pop singer sent to prison for two years over video that 'incited debauchery'
2017-12-13 11:16:47 An Egyptian pop singer has reportedly been sentenced to two years in prison over a music video that "incited debauchery". Shyma, whose real name is Shaimaa Ahmed and who was relatively unknown in Egypt until the video controversy, was also fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds (£420) by a court in Cairo, according to local media. She was found guilty of inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film   Read More ...
Egypt remains among worst jailers of journalists
2017-12-13 10:08:29 CAIRO (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world's "worst" jailers of journalists, including Egypt, from improving press freedom conditions. Wednesday's report by the New York-based CPJ says that for a second year in a row, Egypt is in third place on the list of world's top jailers of journalists, after Turkey and China   Read More ...
Egyptian singer jailed over banana video
2017-12-13 09:07:19 A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month after the video sparked outrage in the conservative country. On Tuesday, she was found guilty of inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film, local media said   Read More ...
Freed prisoner witnessed radicalization in Egyptian jails
2017-12-13 00:11:40 DUBLIN (AP) — An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces broke up a 2013 sit-in protesting the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president, and was released in October after being held in a half-dozen detention centers   Read More ...
Mummy among latest discoveries in Egyptian tombs
2017-12-13 00:02:50 A 3,500-year-old tomb is among many recent archaeological discoveries found near the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and the world-famous Valley of the Kings. RT America’s David Miller reports. Find RT America in your area: Or watch us online: Like us on Facebook.   Read More ...
Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery
2017-12-12 23:41:46 CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana. Shyma’s song, titled “I have issues”, sparked controversy on social media in the conservative country. The singer, who was fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($560), can appeal the verdict to a higher court   Read More ...
Fresh heartbreak for family of Brit woman facing death penalty in Egypt
2017-12-12 20:34:25 A British woman accused of smuggling prescription drugs into Egypt is facing fresh heartbreak after being told she could spend more time in custody before her case is heard. Laura Plummer, 33, was due to stand trial on Christmas Day, after she was arrested at an airport with 300 Tramadol pills in October. The shopping assistant, who is said to be holed up in a prison cell with up to 25 other women, claimed the pills were to help her boyfriend Omar Caboo with his back pain   Read More ...
Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video
2017-12-12 19:37:47 Cairo - An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison. The Cairo court also ordered Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shima, to pay a fine of about $560. Shima appears in the video in her underwear singing while suggestively eating an apple and a banana before a classroom of young men   Read More ...
Egypt singer jailed for 'inciting debauchery' in music video
2017-12-12 19:35:43 A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month after the video sparked outrage in the conservative country. On Tuesday, she was found guilty of inciting debauchery and publishing an indecent film, local media said   Read More ...
Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years for racy banana-eating video
2017-12-12 19:22:10 An Egyptian female pop singer was convicted Tuesday of promoting debauchery with a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison. A Cairo court also ordered Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shyma, to pay a fine of 10,000 pounds (about $560). Shyma appears in the video in her underwear singing while suggestively eating an apple and a banana before a classroom of young men   Read More ...
Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video
2017-12-12 17:45:44 CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison. The Cairo court also ordered Shaimaa Ahmed, better known by her stage name Shima, to pay a fine of 10,000 pounds (about $560). Shima appears in the video in her underwear singing while suggestively eating an apple and a banana before a classroom of young men   Read More ...
Didier Drogba: Egypt's Mohamed Salah is becoming a boss
2017-12-12 17:36:29 "I can tell by his celebrations that he knows what he's doing now, he's not going crazy but just sticking his tongue out to say 'yeah it's me'." The Ivorian believes these qualities will be key for Egypt at next year's World Cup in Russia. "He can bring a lot of his leadership and his experience, that he is learning at Liverpool and with the national team [to the team in Russia]," he continued   Read More ...
Egypt reveals discovery of ancient artifacts found in Luxor
2017-12-12 15:37:14 LUXOR, Egypt - Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored. The Ministry of Antiquities said the tombs, located in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's west bank, had been noted by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp in 1990s and were either unexcavated or had never been entered   Read More ...
Freed Irishman says Egypt's jails are ISIS breeding grounds
2017-12-12 15:10:45 DUBLIN -- An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces broke up a 2013 sit-in protesting the army's , and was released in October after being held in a half-dozen detention centers   Read More ...
Egypt star Mohamed Salah named BBC African player of the year
2017-12-12 12:04:57 Mohamed Salah won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, rewarded for a 2017 packed with sparkling displays for Liverpool, Roma and his national team. The 25-year-old Egyptian star topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and almost single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying   Read More ...
Freed prisoner witnessed radicalisation in Egyptian jails
2017-12-12 10:14:39 An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalised and adopt views of the Islamic State (IS) group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces broke up a 2013 sit-in protesting the Army’s overthrow of an elected Islamist president, and was released in October after being held in a half-dozen detention centres   Read More ...