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Macron rejects calls to get tough with Egypt's Sisi on rights

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday rejected criticism of his close ties with visiting Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying that to take a tougher line on respect for human rights would be "counterproductive".

Egypt jihadist returned from Libya back on trial: media

Apo - An Egyptian jihadist captured in Libya and returned to Cairo was put on trial again Tuesday over five terror attacks, including one for which he has already received a death sentence in absentia, according to local media.

Egypt condemns man to death for Cairo church attack

Apo - An Egyptian man was sentenced Sunday to death by hanging for a deadly attack on a Cairo church in 2017 claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, a judicial source said.

Egyptologist in Canada presents theory of two queen rule before Tutankhamun

Montr - Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt, came to power only after two of his sisters jointly held the throne, according to an Egyptologist at Canada's Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM).

Thousands-year-old Egypt sarcophagus to be opened on live TV

New York - A sarcophagus believed to contain an Egyptian nobleman will be opened on live TV during a special broadcast by the American channel Discovery.

Grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar calls polygamy an 'injustice'

Apo - The grand imam of Egypt's famed Al-Azhar institution, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, has described polygamy as an "injustice" for women.

'Respect' for Luxembourg PM after he challenges Arab leaders on gay rights

Apo - Several top European politicians backed Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Thursday after he told Arab leaders he was gay and could be condemned to death in some of their countries, reportedly prompting an "icy silence" from some of those prese...

Toll from Egypt train crash rises to 22: health minister

Apo - The death toll from a crash and fire at Cairo's main railway station rose to 22, Egypt's health minister said Thursday, adding that six of the wounded were in a critical condition.

Macron 'deplores' 11 deaths in 'yellow vest' protests

Apo - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he "deplores" the deaths during "yellow vest" demonstrations of 11 people, which he said were not caused by French security forces.

Egypt's ancient temples rescued from the Nile 50 years ago

Paris - One of the world's biggest archaeological rescue operations was successfully concluded 50 years ago after a massive ancient Egyptian temple complex was dismantled and hoisted to higher ground to prevent its flooding by the damming of the Nile River.

Egypt security forces kill 11 suspected jihadists in Sinai

Apo - Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula as they press a campaign against Islamist militants in the area, a security source said Monday.

Jailed Egyptian photographer wins UN press freedom prize

Paris - Detained Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, will be awarded UNESCO's World Press Freedom Prize, the United Nations' cultural body said Monday.

EgyptAir to resume Moscow flights, halted after attack

Apo - Egypt's national carrier EgyptAir said Friday it would resume direct flights between Cairo and Moscow, three years after they were halted following the bombing of a Russian charter jet over the Sinai.

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 opposition urges boycott of presidential election

Cairo - Opposition parties and figures in Egypt called Tuesday for a boycott of the March presidential election in which incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks set to romp to victory.

Egypt court upholds 5-year jail term for 'icon of revolution'

Cairo - An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a five-year jail term for Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and opponent of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for holding a protest deemed illegal.

Ceremony marks 75 years since El Alamein battle as Egypt mourns

El Hammam - Delegates from former foes Saturday marked 75 years since the pivotal WWII battle of El Alamein that saw the Allies turn the tables in North Africa, as host country Egypt mourned the killing of dozens of its policemen.

Italy grants ex-CIA spies partial pardon over rendition of imam

Rome - Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday reduced the sentences of two former CIA agents, including a station chief, over the kidnapping and extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian imam in 2003.

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