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Destroyed Gaza airport symbolises grounded peace hopes

Rafah - The opening of the Palestinians' first airport, in the presence of US president Bill Clinton, was a symbol of the hopes for independence and peace kindled by the Oslo accords.

Egypt potter creates vases from clay and passion

Shamma - As a law student in Egypt's Menufiya province, Mustafa al-Agoury was simply looking for a job to get him through his last year of classes.

Egypt's shrinking 'Pharaonic Sea' has fishermen worried

Menuf - Egypt's shrinking freshwater "Pharaonic Sea" has residents in its nearly 50 surrounding fishing villages worried.

Sisi, Egypt's undisputed leader and 'father figure'

Cairo - With his trademark black sunglasses and blanket media presence, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, elected this week to a second term in office, projects an air of benign paternalism.

Policeman dead in pre-election bombing in Egypt's Alexandria

Alexandria - A policeman was killed in a bomb attack Saturday targeting the security chief of Egypt's Alexandria, officials said, two days before the start of presidential election.

Egyptian telcoms undergoing major transformation

Cairo - The U.S. company Avaya has begun working with Intraconsult Telecom, based in Egypt, to help organizations in the North African country achieve their digital transformation objectives.

In Egypt's impoverished south, Sisi is voters' only choice

Qena - In the Egyptian village of Abu Shosha, far south of Cairo, residents hit hard by economic hardships are planning to vote for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in elections starting on Monday.

Egypt sees tourism rebound ahead of vote

Hurgada - Egypt is seeing a promising rebound in tourism following devastating jihadist attacks, in welcome news to the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he seeks re-election this month.

4 soldiers, 10 jihadists killed in Egypt Sinai campaign

Cairo - Egypt's military said on Sunday four soldiers and 10 jihadists were killed in a military operation in Sinai against Islamic State group jihadists.

Egypt's Sisi warns 'defaming' army is treason

El Hammam - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told media on Thursday they should prevent defamation of the military, which he warned would be seen as "high treason" amid a campaign to crush Sinai jihadists.

10 killed as Egypt trains collide: health ministry

Egypt - At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded Wednesday as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country's railways, the health ministry said.

Egypt freezes assets of leading government critic

Cairo - Egypt has frozen the assets of leading government critic Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, arrested earlier this month over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Sunday.

Egypt presidential race starts with Sisi favourite to win

Cairo - Campaigning began in Egypt's presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likely to romp to victory in the absence of a serious challenger in the two-candidate race.

Sports academy in Egypt gives Syrian children hope

Alexandria - When Amir al-Awad fled Syria for Egypt, he intended to cross the Mediterranean for a European country.

Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai campaign

Cairo - Egypt said Monday three of its soldiers had been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group.Four "extremists" were also killed, the military said in a statement.

Egypt arrests ex-presidential candidate Abul Fotouh: officials

Cairo - Egyptian police arrested on Wednesday a leading government critic and party leader Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, security officials said, while prosecutors remanded into custody another leading dissident.

Egypt remands in custody aide to barred presidential challenger

Cairo - Egypt's military prosecution has ordered a former anti-corruption chief detained for two weeks after he suggested a sidelined presidential candidate possessed damning material against leading officials, state media reported Wednesday.

Tillerson says 'too early' for direct talks with N. Korea

Cairo - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday it was "too early" to discuss direct negotiations with North Korea, after Vice President Mike Pence said the US was open to talks.

US envoy Tillerson in Egypt at start of Mideast tour

Cairo - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks Monday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the start of a Middle East tour.Tillerson landed in Cairo late Sunday and had dinner with Shoukry.

Egypt army kills 16 jihadists in Sinai

Cairo - Egypt's army said Sunday it had killed 16 jihadists and detained 34 more in the Sinai Peninsula since launching a major operation against them on Friday.
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