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Al-Azhar's Grand Imam seeks to balance tradition and modernity

Cairo - Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, who had a historic meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, has been on a mission to update Islamic thought while championing classical scholarship against jihadist ideologues.

Azhar imam to urge tolerance in historic pope meeting

Cairo - The deputy of Al-Azhar's grand imam in Egypt said on Sunday the top Muslim cleric will bear a message of tolerance when he meets Pope Francis in Rome.

Search on for clues in EgyptAir crash

Cairo - Egypt enlisted a submersible Sunday to search the Mediterranean seabed for the black boxes of EgyptAir MS804, hoping the recorders would determine whether the plane crash was an accident or attack.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Cairo - Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers as to why it crashed.

'Smoke on board' EgyptAir plane before crash

Cairo - Smoke was detected inside an EgyptAir plane shortly before it plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, investigators said Saturday, offering clues but no answers about why it crashed.

Plane crash prolongs Egypt's economic misery

Cairo - Egypt's latest air disaster is another crushing blow to a country whose tourism-dependent economy is struggling to recover from years of jihadist attacks and political turmoil, analysts said.

The disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804: A timeline

Cairo - Below is a timeline of the main developments since an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the sea on Thursday with 66 people aboard.All times are GMT, except where stated.

Air-sea search intensifies for missing EgyptAir plane

Cairo - A massive search was under way Thursday for the wreckage of an EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board, in what the Egyptian authorities said may have been an act of terrorism.

EgyptAir Paris to Cairo flight disappears from radar: Airline

Cairo - A search and rescue operation was under way Thursday after an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with 66 people on board vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo, the airline said.

Kerry meets Sisi as Egypt seeks MidEast peace role

Cairo - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after Egypt called for a renewal of the Middle East peace process.

Egypt sentences 6 inmates for beating jailed Frenchman to death

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Sunday handed down seven-year prison sentences to six men convicted of beating to death a jailed Frenchman in 2013, while his family and the defence have blamed the authorities.

Egypt jails 152 over anti-government protests

Cairo - Egyptian courts have handed out jail sentences on the weekend to 152 people for taking part in unlicensed anti-government protests, judicial officials and lawyers said on Sunday.

Egypt court jails 51 for protests over Saudi island deal

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 51 people to two years in prison for protests against the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial officials and lawyers said.

Op-Ed: The easy way to search the Panama Papers — Without the hype

Sydney - Have suspicions that your local duly elected, taxpayer-funded saint may be a less saintly than it appears? Think your employer is living remarkably well in a few extra mansions? Just search the Panama Papers. It’s easy.

At least 81 injured in downtown Cairo fire

Cairo - At least 81 people including firefighters suffered minor injuries on Monday when a fire spread quickly through a commercial area in downtown Cairo, Egyptian officials said.

Egyptologists differ on Tut tomb 'hidden chambers'

Cairo - Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden chambers which a British archaeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti's remains.

Gunmen kill eight Egyptian policemen south of Cairo

Cairo - Gunmen shot dead eight plainclothed Egyptian policemen in the Helwan district south of Cairo, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Egypt's Sisi ignores criticism, vaunts economic achievements

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vaunted on Thursday his "unprecedented" economic achievements, ignoring mounting criticism by opponents and the press after police raided a journalists' union to arrest two reporters.

Op-Ed: It's Tom and Jerry, not Sisi regime, behind Egypt violence

Cairo - Egypt's Interior Ministry is under fire for police brutality and other abuses but the head of the State Information Service (SIS) Salah Abdel Sadek blamed violence in Egypt on Tom and Jerry cartoons, violent video games and movies.

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.
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