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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.

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.

Egyptian Nobel prize winning chemist Zewail dies aged 70

Cairo - Nobel prize-winning Egyptian chemist Ahmad Zewail, who served as a science and technology advisor to US President Barack Obama, has died in the United States at the age of 70, Egypt's presidency announced.

Retrial row halts extradition of ex-CIA agent from Portugal

Lisbon - Portugal has put the brakes on the extradition to Italy of a former CIA agent over her role in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian imam who claimed he was subsequently tortured.

Egypt education system under spotlight as exams leaked

Cairo - High school finals are always a terrifying prospect for Egyptian students. After cheat sheets were leaked this year, the exams turned into a nightmare for Mariam Khaled.She had gone home to sleep after finishing an exam.

Egypt Christians look to new law to end discrimination

Minya - On a recent Sunday in southern Egypt, dozens of Coptic Christians gathered for mass next to the charred remains of a wooden structure they once used as a chapel.

Solar Impulse 2 leaves Egypt for final leg of world tour

Cairo - The first solar-powered plane to circle the world took off from Cairo on Sunday for Abu Dhabi, in the final leg of its journey.Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard was behind the controls of Solar Impulse 2, which can fly for days on only energy from the sun.

Solar Impulse 2 embarks on world tour final leg

Cairo - A sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy was due to depart from Cairo early Sunday on the last leg of its journey.

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire: Report

New York - An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported.

World touring solar plane's final leg to UAE delayed

Cairo - The final leg of an unprecedented world tour by a solar-powered plane was postponed Saturday due to the pilot's health, he said in a message on Twitter.The Solar Impulse 2 had been scheduled to leave Cairo for Abu Dhabi."I'm sick. Stomach upset.

Word 'fire' heard on voice recorder of doomed EgyptAir

Cairo - The word "fire" is heard on the cockpit voice recorder of EgyptAir 804 before the plane crashed into the Mediterranean in May, an Egyptian-led investigative committee said Saturday.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Egypt in penultimate stop of world tour

Cairo - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo on Wednesday for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world.

Liberal hopes dashed as post-Islamist Egypt turns conservative

Cairo - When Egypt's military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, Egyptians like Nabil dared to hope that their conservative country was on the brink of change.

'Unprecedented spike' in Egypt forced disappearances

London - Egyptian police have been implicated in an "unprecedented spike" in enforced disappearances since early 2015 aimed at quashing dissent, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.

Egypt foreign minister meets Israel PM in rare visit

Jerusalem - Egypt's foreign minister met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday on reviving peace efforts with the Palestinians, the first such visit in nearly a decade and the latest sign of warming ties.

Dentist breaks ground for Egyptian women as pundit

Cairo - Manar Sarhan disinfects her hands after filling a patient's tooth, readying to catch the Euro 2016 match and analyse it for a newspaper as Egypt's first woman in mainstream football punditry.

'Probable' EgyptAir debris washes up on Israeli beach

Jerusalem - Aircraft debris believed to have come from an EgyptAir crash in May has washed up on a beach near Tel Aviv, an official in the Israeli premier's office said on Friday.

More time needed to reach conclusions on EgyptAir crash, committee says

Cairo - Experts investigating the EgyptAir plane crash in May need more time to analyse and match the information gathered before they can reach "very basic conclusions," the Egyptian-led investigative committee said Tuesday.

Turkey's Erdogan rules out Egypt thaw despite diplomatic blitz

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday ruled out a reconciliation with Egypt, despite a diplomatic blitz that has seen Ankara mend fences with Russia and Israel.

Egypt priest killed in IS-claimed attack

Cairo - An Egyptian Coptic priest was shot dead Thursday in the Sinai Peninsula where authorities are battling a jihadist insurgency, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

EgyptAir black box confirms smoke on board: Probe

Cairo - Data from one of the black boxes of a crashed EgyptAir plane showed smoke alarms had sounded on board, while soot was found on the wreckage, an Egyptian-led investigative committee said Wednesday.

EgyptAir black box flight recorder 'has been repaired'

Cairo - One of the two black box flight recorders from the EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Mediterranean last month has been repaired, Egypt's investigation commission said Tuesday, prompting hopes it could provide clues on why the aircraft went down.

Turkey in new quest to patch up with regional foes

Ankara - Reaching out to Russia and working to normalise ties with Israel, Turkey is moving to mend fences and restore its waning regional clout by returning to a policy known as "zero problems with neighbours".

Egypt court quashes handover of Red Sea islands to Saudi

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Tuesday quashed a government decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said, overruling a deal that had sparked public outrage.

Families of EgyptAir crash victims to get compensation

Cairo - EgyptAir said Monday advance compensation payments of $25,000 will be offered to families of the 66 people killed when one of its planes crashed into the Mediterranean last month.

Egypt's Morsi sentenced to life in espionage trial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison in an espionage trial in which six of his co-defendants were handed death penalties.
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