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IS Sinai hotel attack toll rises to seven

Cairo - The death toll from a gun and bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has risen to seven, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

Four Egyptians killed in attack on Sinai hotel

Cairo - Two suicide bombers and a gunman killed four people, including a judge, in an assault on Tuesday on a north Sinai hotel hosting judges overseeing Egypt's parliamentary polls, the government said.

Egyptians vote again to elect new parliament

Cairo - Egyptians voted Sunday across 13 of the country's 27 provinces in the second phase of parliamentary elections after a low turnout marred the first stage in the absence of any opposition.

Top Egypt cleric urges disassociating Islam from attacks

Egypt - Egypt's top Muslim cleric issued an impassioned appeal Saturday to disassociate Islam from extremist attacks, saying Muslims themselves had suffered most from "the catastrophe of terrorism.

Islamic State group says bomb downed Russian plane

Cairo - The Islamic State group said Wednesday it had smuggled a bomb on board a Russian airliner that went down last month, after discovering a "way to compromise the security" at an Egyptian airport.

Egypt boosts airport security after Russia plane crash

Cairo - Egypt said on Tuesday it is bolstering security at airports over the possibility that a Russian plane that took off from a Sinai resort was brought down by a bomb.

Senior Muslim cleric urges anti-IS ideological battle

Cairo - A leading Sunni Muslim cleric called Monday for an ideological battle against Islamic State group militants, including the deployment and training of moderate clerics in Europe to counter extremist thought.

Top Sunni Muslim cleric condemns 'hateful' Paris attacks

Cairo - The head of Sunni Islam's leading seat of learning, Cairo's Al-Azhar, on Saturday condemned "hateful" attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people and urged global unity against extremism.

Russian jet crash puts Sharm resort staff on 'unpaid leave'

Sharm Al Shaikh - The Russian plane crash in Egypt has forced Sharm el-Sheikh hotels to send dozens of staff on "unpaid leave" as tourist numbers dwindle, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk within months.

Egypt to send Russian plane recording abroad for analysis

Cairo - A recording from Russian Airbus A321 which caught a sound before the plane disintegrated in midair will be sent abroad for analysis, Egypt's civil aviation minister was quoted as saying Friday.

Sharm nightspots deserted as tourists vanish from Egyptian resort

Sharm Al Shaikh - Usually buzzing with foreigners on holiday, Sharm el-Sheikh's tourist nightspots have been deserted after thousands left the Egyptian resort following the crash of a Russian airliner.

Sisi pledges transparent plane crash probe

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged a transparent probe into the Russian plane crash and cautioned against hasty conclusions, during a visit Wednesday to the airport from where the doomed aircraft took off.

Egypt military frees prominent activist reporter Bahgat: NGO

Cairo - Egypt's military on Tuesday freed prominent rights defender and reporter Hossam Bahgat, a day after his detention sparked calls for his release from the United Nations, a rights activist told AFP.

Russia sees possible 'terror' link in Egypt jet crash

Sharm Al Shaikh - Moscow acknowledged on Monday for the first time a terrorist attack could have caused last month's Russian plane crash in Egypt, as thousands more tourists were evacuated from the country.

Thousands more foreign tourists fly home after Egypt crash

Sharm Al Shaikh - Thousands more foreign tourists flew home from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh Monday after the downing of a Russian airliner claimed by jihadists, as police killed a top militant in the capital.

Egypt police kill leading Islamic State militant in Cairo

Cairo - Egyptian police said on Monday they killed a top Islamic State group operative in the capital implicated in a string of attacks including the murders of a Croat and an American.

Russia, Britain ramp up efforts to return stuck Egypt tourists

Sharm Al Shaikh - Moscow and London ramped up efforts Sunday to bring home thousands of tourists stranded in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort following the crash of a Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt says no theory yet in Russian plane crash probe

Cairo - Egypt pushed back Saturday against international suspicions that a bomb downed a Russian plane in the Sinai, as investigators said the cause of the crash that killed 224 was still unknown.

Egypt scanning for Nefertiti's tomb encouraging: Minister

Cairo - Infra-red scanning of King Tutankhamun's tomb could support a British archeologist's theory that Queen Nefertiti -- or another ancient Egyptian royal -- is also buried there, Egypt's antiquities minister said Thursday.

Explosion might have brought down Russian jetliner over Sinai

London - Britain confirmed Wednesday that the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt after taking off the Sinai Peninsula might have been brought down by an explosive device.
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