Egypt Society & Culture
Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army
Italian police take computer of Cambridge tutor in Egypt murder case
Egypt Copts hold Christmas mass under tight security
Clashes in Cairo after detainee dies at police station
S. African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured: ministry official
1 killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash
Prominent Egyptian activist acquitted of illegal protest
2018-01-15 18:08:20 Cairo - An appeals court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has acquitted a prominent activist and rights lawyer of charges of taking part in an illegal demonstration. Mahienour el-Masry was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last month over participating last year in a protest against the government's transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia   Read More ...
Egyptian orthodox christians celebrate Christmas eve
2018-01-15 17:08:07 (6 Jan 2018) Coptic Christians in Cairo celebrated Christmas on Saturday by attending Christmas Mass amid tight security. Tens of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed across Egypt to protect minority Christians and their churches on the eve of Orthodox Christmas. The overwhelming majority of Egypt's Christians are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which celebrates Christmas on January 7. The latest deadly attack against Christians was on December 29, when a militant opened fire outside a suburban Cairo church, killing at least nine people. A local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for most attacks on Christians   Read More ...
Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid
2018-01-15 14:48:04 CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy but is widely expected to run and easily win a ballot slated for March 26-28. Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, whose uncle led a sweeping economic liberalisation programme and opened ties with Israel before his assassination in 1981, had previously said he was mulling a run   Read More ...
Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid
2018-01-15 14:43:33 CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy but is widely expected to run and easily win a ballot slated for March 26-28. Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, whose uncle led a sweeping economic liberalization program and opened ties with Israel before his assassination in 1981, had previously said he was mulling a run   Read More ...
Prominent Egyptian activist acquitted of illegal protest
2018-01-14 11:06:08 CAIRO (AP) — An appeals court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has acquitted a prominent activist and rights lawyer of charges of taking part in an illegal demonstration. Mahienour el-Masry was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last month over participating last year in a protest against the government's transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia   Read More ...
Prominent Egyptian activist acquitted of illegal protest
2018-01-14 11:05:00 CAIRO (AP) — An appeals court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has acquitted a prominent activist and rights lawyer of charges of taking part in an illegal demonstration. Mahienour el-Masry was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last month over participating last year in a protest against the government's transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia   Read More ...
Prominent Egyptian activist acquitted of illegal protest
2018-01-14 10:39:44 CAIRO – An appeals court in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has acquitted a prominent activist and rights lawyer of charges of taking part in an illegal demonstration. Mahienour el-Masry was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last month over participating last year in a protest against the government's transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia   Read More ...
Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army: Palestinians
2018-01-13 23:30:36 GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP) - A fisherman from the Gaza Strip was shot dead by the Egyptian army overnight for unclear reasons, Palestinian officials said Saturday, calling for an immediate investigation into the incident. Medical sources in Gaza said that Abdullah Zeidan, 33, from the Shati refugee camp, was shot in the chest by Egyptian forces near the naval border with Egypt in the south of the coastal enclave   Read More ...
'Shot dead by Egyptian navy': Gaza fisherman buried
2018-01-13 18:00:07 A funeral procession has carried Abdullah Zidan’s body through Gaza a day after he was allegedly shot dead by Egyptian naval forces. Palestinian authorities claim the 33-year-old was in their own waters, near the southern border town Rafah, when his boat came under fire. It is not clear whether he was attempting to cross into Egyptian waters. Fishermen from Gaza are known to bring in catch from Egyptian territory as a way of sidestepping restrictions imposed by an Israeli naval blockade   Read More ...
Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army
2018-01-13 14:15:51 GAZA CITY — A fisherman from the Gaza Strip was shot dead by the Egyptian army overnight for unclear reasons, Palestinians said Saturday, calling for an immediate investigation into the incident. Medical sources in Gaza said that Abdullah Zeidan, 33, from the Shati refugee camp, was shot in the chest by Egyptian forces near the naval border with Egypt in the south of the coastal enclave   Read More ...
Italian police take computer of Cambridge tutor in Egypt murder case
2018-01-11 03:45:25 ROME (REUTERS) - Italian magistrates investigating the murder of a graduate student in Cairo two years ago have seized the computer and cell phone of his Cambridge University tutor, the prosecutors' office in Rome said on Wednesday. Giulio Regeni was tortured and killed while carrying out research in Egypt. Italian magistrates have worked with their Egyptian counterparts to try to solve the crime, but have often expressed frustration over the slow pace of the investigation   Read More ...
Italian police take computer of Cambridge tutor in Egypt murder case
2018-01-10 22:48:32 ROME (Reuters) - Italian magistrates investigating the murder of a graduate student in Cairo two years ago have seized the computer and cell phone of his Cambridge University tutor, the prosecutors' office in Rome said on Wednesday. Giulio Regeni was tortured and killed while carrying out research in Egypt. Italian magistrates have worked with their Egyptian counterparts to try to solve the crime, but have often expressed frustration over the slow pace of the investigation   Read More ...
Italian police take computer of Cambridge tutor in Egypt murder case
2018-01-10 22:30:31 ROME: Italian magistrates investigating the murder of a graduate student in Cairo two years ago have seized the computer and cell phone of his Cambridge University tutor, the prosecutors' office in Rome said on Wednesday. Giulio Regeni was tortured and killed while carrying out research in Egypt. Italian magistrates have worked with their Egyptian counterparts to try to solve the crime, but have often expressed frustration over the slow pace of the investigation   Read More ...
Egypt sentences 23 to life in prison over 2013 violence
2018-01-09 19:41:24 Cairo - An Egyptian court has sentenced 23 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on charges linked to the unrest that followed the 2013 military overthrow of an elected Islamist president. The court sentenced another 223 defendants to 15 years on similar charges, which included belonging to a terrorist group, murder and planning attacks against the state. Another 22 got three years, and 109 were acquitted   Read More ...
Egypt sentences 23 to life in prison over 2013 violence
2018-01-09 18:14:38 CAIRO – An Egyptian court has sentenced 23 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on charges linked to the unrest that followed the 2013 military overthrow of an elected Islamist president. The court sentenced another 223 defendants to 15 years on similar charges, which included belonging to a terrorist group, murder and planning attacks against the state. Another 22 got three years, and 109 were acquitted   Read More ...
Egypt sentences 23 to life in prison over 2013 violence
2018-01-09 18:12:17 CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 23 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on charges linked to the unrest that followed the 2013 military overthrow of an elected Islamist president. The court sentenced another 223 defendants to 15 years on similar charges, which included belonging to a terrorist group, murder and planning attacks against the state. Another 22 got three years, and 109 were acquitted   Read More ...
Egypt police detained after custody death triggers protests
2018-01-08 20:11:52 Prosecutors in Egypt's capital Cairo have ordered the detention of two police officers after the death of a prisoner triggered violent protests. On Saturday, people tried to storm a police station in the Moqattam district where 22-year-old Mohammed Abdul Hakim was held on drugs charges. His family say he was tortured to death there. Security sources say he fell ill while in custody and died in hospital   Read More ...
Christians in Egypt celebrate Christmas after year marred by violence
2018-01-07 19:34:14 Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians -- joined by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi -- packed into the heavily fortified Christ’s Nativity Cathedral for Christmas Eve Mass Saturday after a violent year in which they were repeatedly targeted by Islamic State militants. In Cairo and across much of the Muslim majority country, soldiers in full combat gear joined the police in protecting churches, most of which are now equipped with metal detectors   Read More ...
Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody year
2018-01-07 10:30:35 NATIVITY OF CHRIST CATHEDRAL (EGYPT) (AFP) - Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt's newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists. Police had bolstered security around the country's churches for days, especially at the cathedral east of Cairo where President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to pay his respects to the ancient community   Read More ...
Egypt Copts hold Christmas mass under tight security
2018-01-07 08:30:23 NATIVITY OF CHRIST CATHEDRAL (EGYPT) (AFP) - Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians held a Christmas Eve mass on Saturday at a massive new cathedral east of Cairo amid tight security after a year of deadly jihadist attacks on the community. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave a short speech before the liturgy, which was led by Pope Tawadros II, wishing the Christians a merry Christmas and telling them that the country would prevail over the jihadists   Read More ...
Egyptian Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody year
2018-01-06 22:14:15 EGYPT — Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt’s newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists. Police had bolstered security around the country’s churches for days, especially at the cathedral east of Cairo where President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi came to pay his respects to the ancient community   Read More ...
Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody year
2018-01-06 22:02:03 NATIVITY OF CHRIST CATHEDRAL: Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt's newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday (Jan 6) for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by militants . Police had bolstered security around the country's churches for days, especially at the cathedral east of Cairo where President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to pay his respects to the ancient community   Read More ...
Egypt Copts hold Christmas mass under tight security
2018-01-06 21:41:20 Nativity of Christ Cathedral (Egypt) (AFP) - Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians held a Christmas Eve mass on Saturday at a massive new cathedral east of Cairo amid tight security after a year of deadly jihadist attacks on the community. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave a short speech before the liturgy, which was led by Pope Tawadros II, wishing the Christians a merry Christmas and telling them that the country would prevail over the jihadists   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 ...
Egypt tightens security ahead of Coptic Christmas
2018-01-06 16:35:19 CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of soldiers and police have been deployed across Egypt to protect minority Christians and their churches on the eve of Orthodox Christmas. The overwhelming majority of Egypt's Christians are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7. The Coptic pontiff, Pope Tawadros II, will lead Christmas Mass later Saturday at an unfinished cathedral in Egypt's new Administrative Capital, a multi-billion dollar, under-construction project east of Cairo   Read More ...
Egypt tightens security ahead of Coptic Christmas
2018-01-06 16:10:22 CAIRO – Tens of thousands of soldiers and police have been deployed across Egypt to protect minority Christians and their churches on the eve of Orthodox Christmas. The overwhelming majority of Egypt's Christians are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7. The Coptic pontiff, Pope Tawadros II, will lead Christmas Mass later Saturday at an unfinished cathedral in Egypt's new Administrative Capital, a multi-billion dollar, under-construction project east of Cairo   Read More ...
Several Australians on board in fatal Egypt hot air balloon crash
2018-01-06 00:48:12 Cairo: A number of Australians were involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed. It is not known if any Australian nationals were among the 12 people injured when the balloon crashed in high winds. One passenger, a South African citizen, died. "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to several Australians involved in a hot air ballooning accident in Luxor, Egypt," a spokeswoman said on Saturday   Read More ...
Several Australians on board in fatal Egypt hot air balloon crash
2018-01-06 00:32:08 Cairo: A number of Australians were involved in a fatal hot air balloon crash near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed. It is not known if any Australian nationals were among the 12 people injured when the balloon crashed in high winds. One passenger, a South African citizen, died. "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to several Australians involved in a hot air ballooning accident in Luxor, Egypt," a spokeswoman said on Saturday   Read More ...
Woman killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash
2018-01-05 20:00:32 A 36-year-old woman has died and a dozen other tourists injured in a hot air balloon crash in Egypt. A hot air balloon carrying tourists of different nationalities has crashed near the Egyptian city of Luxor. About 20 people were on board when the accident occurred on Friday. Officials said the pilot lost control after strong winds forced the balloon off course around 45 minutes into the flight   Read More ...
Hot air balloon crash: One South African dead, two injured in Egypt
2018-01-05 18:38:37 Pretoria – Three South Africans were aboard the sightseeing hot air balloon, which crashed in Luxor, Egypt on Friday, killing one tourist and injuring seven, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has confirmed. Dirco's Nelson Kgwete confirmed in a statement that the man who had died was 34 years old. His name cannot be confirmed yet. The remaining two South African citizens - both 24-year-old women - sustained injuries, but were said to be in stable conditions   Read More ...
S. African tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash, 12 injured: ministry official
2018-01-05 18:02:19 A South African tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured when a hot air balloon crashed near Egypt's ancient city of Luxor on Friday, a health ministry official said. Sharif Wadie, the assistant health minister in charge of emergency services, told AFP there were no other casualties but did not elaborate on the extent of the passengers' injuries. The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear   Read More ...
Tourist killed in hot air balloon crash in Egypt
2018-01-05 16:15:28 (CNN)A hot air balloon with 20 people crashed Friday in Egypt's ancient city of Luxor, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen others, according to Egypt's Civil Aviation Authority and a hot air balloon company. At least one tourist was killed, according to a statement from the government agency, which referred to the incident as a hard landing   Read More ...
Egypt say 3 policemen killed in northern Sinai: officials
2018-01-05 12:38:14 El Arish - Egyptian security officials say three policemen and a civilian have been killed in the restive northern Sinai peninsula where Islamic militants are active. The officials said on Thursday that the policemen, who were riding a car outside the town of el-Arish, were killed in an ambush by militants in the area. They added that the militants also killed a civilian and wounded another   Read More ...
Egypt arrests 75 over corruption charges, some officials
2018-01-05 12:11:23 CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have arrested 75 people including government officials and foreigners over an array of corruption-related charges. The country's anti-corruption Administrative Control Authority said in a Thursday statement that the arrests come in the wake of a 14-months-long investigation that revealed the defendants' involvement with several "organized gangs." The statement, carried by state-run news agency MENA, says the defendants were found to be involved in acts of bribery, profiteering, forging official documents, facilitating illegal migration and human trafficking, as well as misappropriating private and public funds   Read More ...
One tourist killed, 12 injured in air balloon crash in Egypt
2018-01-05 12:09:29 A tourist was killed and 12 other people injured in a hot air balloon crash near Luxor in Egypt today, state-run news agency MENA reported. The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians on board, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, this is according to MENA. In 2015, at least 19 people, most of them Asian and European tourists, died near Luxor when a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed after a mid-air gas explosion   Read More ...
Tourist hot air balloon in deadly crash in Egypt
2018-01-05 12:08:26 LUXOR, Egypt -- Egyptian officials say a sightseeing balloon carrying foreign tourists over the southern city of Luxor has crash landed, killing one tourist and injuring seven. The officials say Friday's incident was caused by strong winds that forced the balloon off its course above the city's pharaonic temples and tombs. A 36-year-old South African woman was killed in the crash, an official at Egypt's Ministry of Health told CBS News, and two other passengers were in critical condition   Read More ...
Woman killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash
2018-01-05 11:37:37 Holidaymakers of different nationalities, as well as Egyptian nationals, were on board the sightseeing balloon when it crash landed in western Luxor, according to state news agency MENA. Officials said the pilot lost control after strong winds forced the balloon off course around 45 minutes into the flight. Egypt's health ministry confirmed the death of a South African tourist and the number of those injured but did not give further details   Read More ...
One tourist killed, 12 injured in air balloon crash in Egypt
2018-01-05 10:48:04 CAIRO (Reuters) - A tourist was killed and 12 other people injured when a hot air balloon carrying tourists of various nationalities crashed near Luxor in Egypt on Friday, state-run news agency MENA reported. The crash, to the west of the city of Luxor, happened due to bad weather conditions, the news agency said. The health ministry identified the dead person as a 36-year-old woman   Read More ...
One tourist killed, 12 injured in hot-air balloon crash in Egypt
2018-01-05 09:45:21 CAIRO (REUTERS) - A tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured in a hot air balloon crash near Luxor in Egypt on Friday (Jan 5), state-run news agency MENA reported. The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians onboard, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, MENA said. The health ministry said a woman was killed and 12 people injured but gave no other details   Read More ...
One tourist killed, 12 injured in air balloon crash in Egypt
2018-01-05 09:41:13 CAIRO - A tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured in a hot air balloon crash near Luxor in Egypt on Friday, state-run news agency MENA reported. The balloon, with tourists from different nationalities and Egyptians onboard, crashed to the west of the city of Luxor, MENA said. The health ministry said a woman was killed and 12 people injured but gave no other details   Read More ...