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Tear gas, arrests as Egypt protesters defy ban

Cairo - Egyptian police fired tear gas at protesters in Cairo who defied government warnings and held a rally Monday calling for the "downfall" of the regime, quickly scattering them and making arrests.

Egypt warns of firm action against protesters

Cairo - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his interior minister warned Sunday on the eve of planned anti-government demonstrations that security forces would deal firmly with protesters.

Egypt court postpones Morsi espionage verdict

Cairo - An Egyptian court postponed on Saturday its verdict and sentence in the trial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who is charged with spying for Qatar.

Dozens of arrests in Egypt ahead of anti-government protest

Cairo - Egypt has arrested dozens of activists ahead of an anti-government demonstration planned for Monday, a group of lawyers said.

Blocks showing Queen Hatshepsut as a woman unearthed

Ancient Egypt was a male-dominated world ruled by men, so much so that very few women ever rose to power. One such woman, Hatshepsut, was able to commandeer the throne of Egypt, and in the latter part of her reign, ruled as a man.

Egypt cuts TV host's jail term over 'women are adulterous' slur

Cairo - A Cairo court on Wednesday reduced to three months a three-year sentence for a man imprisoned for saying many women in Egypt are adulterous, a judicial official said.

France's Hollande in Egypt visit dogged by rights criticism

Cairo - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday human rights should be respected in the fight against "terrorism" after a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was overshadowed by claims of rights abuses.

France's Hollande begins two-day visit to Egypt

Cairo - French President Francois Hollande arrived in Cairo on Sunday for a two-day visit seen as a boost for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with security and economic cooperation on the table.

Egypt turns over 2 strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Cairo - The Egyptian cabinet announced that technical work on the maritime boundary between Egypt and Saudi Arabia showed that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir were both within Saudi territorial waters.

Egypt says Italian request for phone records in Regeni probe 'unconstitutional'

Cairo - Egypt's assistant state prosecutor said on Saturday Italy had demanded thousands of phone records to investigate the murder of student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, charging that the request was unconstitutional.

King Salman announces Saudi-Egypt bridge in rare Cairo visit

Cairo - Saudi King Salman on Friday announced plans to build a bridge over the Red Sea to Egypt, in a lavish show of support for the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

U.S. Republicans back Egypt's Sisi despite rights concerns

Cairo - A US Republican delegation visiting Cairo on Sunday said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the "right man at the right time" for Egypt even as Washington criticises alleged rights abuses in the country.

Egypt forms team to keep probing Italian's murder

Cairo - Egypt's state prosecutor ordered Wednesday the formation of an investigating team to probe the brutal murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni, after Rome cast doubt on Cairo's explanation of his death.

Hijacked EgyptAir plane 'carried 21 foreigners including 8 Americans'

Cairo - A hijacked EgyptAir plane diverted to Cyprus on Tuesday carried 21 foreigners including eight Americans, four Dutch citizens, four Britons and a French citizen, an Egyptian civil aviation ministry statement said.

Egypt police link killed gang members to murder of Italian student

Egypt - Egyptian police said Thursday they had found those responsible for the murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni, after killing four members of a criminal gang and finding the victim's wallet at one of their apartments.

African, Arab defence ministers focus on terrorism at Egypt meet

Sharm Al Shaikh - Defence ministers and officials of 27 African and Arab countries began a two-day meeting in Egypt on Thursday that will explore military and counter-terrorism cooperation.

Scans of Tutankhamun tomb show '90% chance' of hidden chambers

Cairo - Radar scans of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun in the ancient necropolis of Luxor showed a "90 percent" chance of two hidden chambers, possibly containing organic material, Egypt's antiquities minister said Thursday.

Italy offers to help Egypt probe murder

Cairo - Italy's chief prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone on Monday offered Rome's assistance in the Egyptian investigation into the murder of an Italian graduate student after his abduction in Cairo.

Egyptian court gives man jailtime for comments about wives

Over the weekend, a popular Facebook user was sentenced to three years in prison after he asserted that many women in Egypt were unfaithful.

Arab League declares Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terror' group

Cairo - Arab League foreign ministers on Friday declared Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah a "terrorist" group, after Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies adopted the same stance.
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