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Three Egyptian troops killed in anti-militant operation in Sinai

Monday, 19 February 2018

Egypt’s military says three troops, including an officer, were killed in restive Sinai in fighting with militants.They are the first casualties Egypt has announced from an offensive Cairo launched on February 9.Military spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said Monday that two other officers and a conscript were wounded in the fighting, part of the sweep aiming to end a years-long insurgency by Islamic militants.He says four militants were also killed.The operation covers north and central Sinai and ...

Egypt continues Sinai crackdown as 28 militants killed, 126 arrested

Monday, 12 February 2018

Egyptian security forces killed 28 militants and arrested 126 in a continuing crackdown in Sinai, the army said in a statement carried by State TV on Monday. Egypt's air force also destroyed 60 militant targets, the statement said, part of a campaign to crush Islamist insurgents blamed for a string of attacks. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is seeking re-election in March, ordered the armed forces in November to defeat militants within three months after an attack on a mosque killed more ...

Ancient Egyptian priestess’ tomb discovery shows significance of monkeys

Sunday, 4 February 2018

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. It likely belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists believe was close ...

Arab foreign ministers seek ‘multilateral’ process to revive Mideast peace talks

Friday, 2 February 2018

Arab foreign ministers on Thursday called for the creation of a UN-backed “multilateral mechanism” to help revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The appeal was issued at the end of a two-day meeting to discuss US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which has sparked Arab anger. Trump’s decision also to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv triggered deadly clashes in Palestinian ...

Egyptian court sentences 16 over Church raid

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

An Egyptian court on Wednesday gave 15 people one-year suspended jail sentences over a December attack on an unlicensed Coptic Church in a village south of Cairo, judicial sources said. The perpetrators were each fined 500 Egyptian pounds ($28) on charges of inciting sectarian strife, harming national unity and vandalizing private property. They can appeal. Owner fined The Giza misdemeanor court also fined the owner of the building, a Christian man, 360,000 Egyptian pounds ($20,500) for turning ...

Egypt's finance minister: Budget deficit at 9.4 pct/GDP in 2017-18

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Egypt’s budget deficit for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is expected to reach 9.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), up from previous projections of about nine percent, the deputy finance minister told Reuters on Tuesday. The rise is due to an increase in global oil prices and high local interest rates, Mohamed Meait said.

Meet the man who aims to run against Egypt’s Sisi in the presidential elections

Monday, 29 January 2018

The higher committee of Egypt’s el-Ghad party has officially nominated its chairman Moussa Mostafa Moussa to run against President Abdelfattah el-Sisi in the upcoming presidential elections. The party announced that Moussa was able to get signatures from 20 members of parliament supporting his election. As well as being the chairman of the el-Ghad party which was founded by Ayman Noor, Moussa is also the president of the Egyptian Council of Arab Tribes. He was suspended from the party in ...

Egypt to pour new housing into seemingly sated market

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Egypt’s government plans to pour tens of thousands of new housing units onto the market in each of the next few years, but it’s not clear how easily the country can absorb them. The authorities say they want to reduce crowding in Egypt’s congested cities and provide homes for the poor but many analysts say the new residences are priced way beyond the means of most Egyptians and a good share of them will remain unsold. The government is undeterred, however, and is moving full ...

Egypt army says ex-military chief Sami Anan’s presidential bid is ‘incitement’

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The Egyptian army announced in a statement that former military chief of staff and presidential candidate Sami Anan has been summoned over ‘violations’. They added that Anan allegedly forged his end of army service document therefore his decision to run in the elections amounts to incitement against the military. They did not give any further details on the kind of violations he committed. Egyptian Election Commission excluded ex-military Chief Sami Anan from candidates’ ...

More than 1,000 Egyptian medical students receive ‘zero’ on their final exam

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Around 1,200 students in their sixth year of medical school at Mansoura University received a score of zero on their surgery exam.The decision was made after the university created a committee to investigate the reasons why students refused to answer the exam questions, saying that the questions were too difficult.The students collectively left the exam rooms, gathering on campus and demanding a rewrite of the exam. This was rejected by the university and the Ministry of Higher Education.The ...

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