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Al-Azhar says met French far-right head to 'show true Islam'

Cairo - Al-Azhar, the highest seat in Sunni Islam, on Friday defended its meeting with France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen as an opportunity to show her the religion's "true face".

Morsi, secular camp in dock for 'insulting' Egypt judiciary

Cairo - Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Saturday alongside several secular figures behind Egypt's 2011 uprising, underlining a crackdown on all forms of dissent.

Lost remains of ancient Egyptian temple found at bottom of quarry

Luxor - Archaeologists excavating an ancient quarry at Gebel el Silsila, dating back to the New Kingdom and Roman eras of Egypt's past, have unearthed the lost temple of Kheny.

Egypt death sentence for Morsi, 100 others alarms U.S., EU

Cairo - The United States and Europe expressed alarm at death sentences for Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and dozens of others, a verdict experts called a declaration of "total war" on his Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt hangs six convicted Islamist militants

Cairo - Egyptian authorities on Sunday hanged six men convicted of killing soldiers, police said, ignoring appeals to spare them amid allegations two of them had been in custody at the time of their alleged crimes.

Morsi verdict alarms US, experts see 'war' on Brotherhood

Cairo - The United States expressed alarm Sunday at death sentences for Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and dozens of others, a verdict experts called a declaration of "total war" on his Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's Morsi: From election triumph to death sentence

Cairo - Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to death on Saturday, was Egypt's first democratically elected president until the army overthrew him after a year of tumultuous rule sparked mass street protests.

Gunmen shoot dead three Egypt judges in Sinai: Police

Cairo - Gunmen shot dead three Egyptian judges Saturday in the strife-torn Sinai Peninsula, where security forces are battling an Islamist insurgency spearheaded by an affiliate of the Islamic State group, police said.

Egypt sentences deposed Islamist president Morsi to death

Cairo - An Egyptian court sentenced deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Saturday for his role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

Cairo blasts strain Egypt's bomb squad

Cairo - Egyptian bomb disposal expert Diaa Fathy had long predicted he would die in a flash, before that fateful day in January when a bomb exploded on a busy road leading to the pyramids.

Egypt's Morsi faces death penalty in spy, jailbreak trials

Cairo - Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, already jailed for 20 years for inciting violence against protesters, faces the death penalty Saturday for espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after his overthrow.

Egypt hosts meeting to plan intervention in Libya

Tripoli - An unpublicized meeting of Arab military chiefs of staff will take place in Cairo on May 18 and is designed to coordinate plans for an intervention in Libya. France and Italy may also play a part in any intervention.

School children jailed for making fun of Islamic State

Four school children in Egypt are facing up to five years in jail, while a fifth child is on the run. A school teacher is also facing seven years in jail. The crime? Making fun of the Islamic State.

Egypt court sentences Mubarak to three years for corruption

Cairo - An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on corruption accusations, after he was cleared of murder charges in another case.

Secular TV station challenges religious orthodoxy in Middle East

The Middle East now has its first truly secular media station. has launched an online secular news service to provide people across the region with a viewing experience that is free from religious and government interference.

Egypt jails 69 Islamists for torching church

Cairo - An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

For desperate migrants, shipwrecks a risk worth taking

Alexandria - Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat knows his two daughters may drown trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. But he says leaving them behind would be an even worse fate.

Egypt's Morsi jailed for 20 years over protester deaths

Cairo - An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced ex-president Mohamed Morsi to 20 years over abuses of protesters but acquitted him of charges that would have seen the Islamist leader face the death penalty.

Egypt court sentences 11 to death over 2012 football riot

Cairo - An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced 11 football fans to death after a retrial over a 2012 stadium riot in the canal city of Port Said that left 74 people dead.

Egypt's Morsi faces possible death penalty in first verdict

Cairo - Egypt's ex-president Mohamed Morsi faces being sentenced to death Tuesday on charges of inciting the killing of protestors in the first verdict against him nearly two years after his fall from power.
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