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Egypt court sentences seven to hang for shooting officer in 2013

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced seven men to hang for killing a police general in the unrest following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Migrant disasters in the Mediterranean

Cairo - The migrant disaster off Egypt this week adds to a relentless loss of life in the Mediterranean, where a single catastrophe killed some 800 people in April 2015.Following are despairing milestones in the ongoing migrant crisis.

At least 162 bodies recovered from Egypt migrant shipwreck

Cairo - Rescuers recovered at least 162 bodies from a migrant shipwreck off Egypt's coast by Friday evening, as the search for victims entered its third day.

Dreams of migrants on doomed boat end in tragedy

Rosetta - Mutwali Mohamed watched helplessly as his wife and son slipped under the waves after the crowded migrant boat they boarded capsized off Egypt's coast on its voyage to Italy.

Dozens more feared dead in Egypt migrant boat tragedy

Rosetta - Rescuers brought more bodies to shore on Thursday a day after a boat crowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Egypt, drowning at least 51 people.

Boat with up to 450 migrants capsizes off Egypt, 42 drowned

Rosetta - A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on Wednesday, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.

Migrant boat capsizes off Egypt, killing at least 30

Cairo - A boat carrying migrants capsized Wednesday in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast, killing 30 people and triggering an operation in which another 150 were rescued, officials said.

Sunni Islam riven anew by ancient dispute

Cairo - An old rift at the heart of Sunni Islam that once saw clerics brawl outside a mosque in medieval Baghdad has emerged again, only this time they are fighting it out on social media.

Egyptian mothers need breast exam to get subsidized baby formula

Cairo - As part of the requirements of the recent IMF subsidies on various products had to be reduced or eliminated. This has had a drastic effect on the availability of baby formula in Egypt and created difficulties for many mothers.

Op-Ed: IMF loan provisions may cause social unrest in Egypt

Cairo - Egypt has recently been able to negotiate a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over three years. While Egypt is in dire need of the funds it comes with austerity policies that could cause social unrest within the country.

Egypt investigated Italian Regeni before kidnap, killing

Cairo - Egyptian police investigated Italian student Giulio Regeni days before his abduction, torture and murder but dropped the probe after assessing he posed no threat, Egyptian and Italian prosecutors said Friday.

IMF loan comes with policies that will hurt many Egyptians

Cairo - The Egyptian economy has done poorly during the presidency of Abdel el-Sisi. The IMF is coming to the rescue with a three year loan package of $12 billion.

Fight against sexual harassment in Egypt bearing fruit

Cairo - Eight years after the first woman in Egypt won a conviction against a man for sexual harassment, activists and lawyers see progress in transforming attitudes and more harassers being jailed.

In Egypt, ecstatic pilgrims start journey to Mecca

Cairo - Pilgrims have been saying their farewells at Cairo airport before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj in the tradition, they believe, of the Prophet Mohammed and Abraham before him.

Egypt's Sisi says Putin ready to host Mideast peace talks

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said his Russian counterpart and close ally Vladimir Putin wants to host an Israeli-Palestinian summit to revive peace talks, in an interview published Monday.

Egypt state TV takes anchorwomen off air until they lose weight

Cairo - Egypt's state-run television has taken several anchorwomen off the air until they lose weight, the broadcaster's chief told AFP, drawing criticism from rights groups but also praise from some commentators.

Egypt eyes tough reforms in last-ditch bid to save economy

Cairo - Egypt hopes a $12-billion financing deal with the IMF will usher in an economic turnaround but real progress hinges on a tough reform package avoided for decades to stave off unrest.

Jailed Egypt photographer says he's been 'forgotten'

Cairo - Shouting to make himself heard from the soundproof glass dock during a break in his trial, Egyptian photographer Mahmoud Abdel Shakour said he feels he has been "forgotten" in prison.

Egypt reaches deal with IMF for loan of $12 billion over 3 years

Cairo - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced it had reached a deal with Egyptian authorities for a $12 billion loan over a period of three years. Egypt has been facing a dollar shortage, falling foreign reserves and a battered economy.

Nobel prize-winning chemist buried with military honours in Egypt

Cairo - Nobel prize-winning Egyptian-American chemist Ahmed Zewail was given a state funeral with military honours on Sunday in Cairo attended by Egypt's president and top officials.
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