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29 March 2018 16:57

  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, but turnout of just 40 percent dented his push for popular legitimacy. Some 23 million of the 60 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday, state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm,...

27 March 2018 15:30

  Australian academics could help unlock mysteries around ancient Egypt after discovering that a 2,500-year old coffin might contain the remains of a prestigious mummy. The University of Sydney acquired the coffin 150 years ago and a series of academics incorrectly classified it as empty. Their error was only discovered by chance late last year when more recent academics removed the lid to...

26 March 2018 15:24

Egyptians begin voting in a highly-contentious presidential election, with incumbent Abel Fattah el-Sisi almost certain to glide to victory after his military-backed administration either jailed or scared off all serious contenders. Polling stations opened at 0700 GMT on Monday for a three-day vote under tight security measures across the country. Some 60 million people are eligible to vote and official results are...

24 March 2018 17:39

  An explosion in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria has killed two people, including a policeman, the Egyptian Interior Ministry says. The explosion occurred in the district of Roshdi on Saturday when the head of the Alexandria Security Directorate was passing by. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. The blast came days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, in which President Abdel-Fattah...

24 March 2018 16:08

  An explosion in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria has killed two people, including a policeman, the Egyptian Interior Ministry says. The explosion occurred in the district of Roshdi on Saturday when the head of the Alexandria Security Directorate was passing by. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet. The blast came days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, in which President Abdel-Fattah...

11 March 2018 13:37

Fresh clashes in in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula have left 16 militants and two army forces dead. In a statement released on Sunday, Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai said two soldiers had been killed and six others injured “as a result of combat operations” in Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian warplanes also hit nine militant hideouts in northern and central Sinai and the...

10 March 2018 15:37

  An official with the Palestinian Authority (PA) says top Israeli and Saudi officials held a series of secret Egypt-brokered meetings in Cairo, last week, as more signs emerge of warming relations between the two regimes. The unnamed official, told Emirati daily Khaleej Times on Friday that the meetings were a “significant development” in the slowly warming ties between Tel Aviv and Riyadh. The talks...

5 March 2018 16:30

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have reportedly set up a joint fund worth more than $10 billion to develop a megacity and business zone planned to be built by Riyadh on more than 1,000 square kilometers of land in the southern Sinai Peninsula. The deal was reached late Sunday during a visit to Cairo by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, an...

5 March 2018 8:43

  Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has finally begun his tour of Egypt a day after the North African country ignored public discontent and cleared all legal hurdles impeding the transfer of two Red Sea islands to the kingdom. Bin Salam was greeted in Cairo airport on Sunday by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the incumbent president who heavily counts on Saudi support to...

4 March 2018 12:44

  Egyptian forces have killed 10 terrorists over the last 48 hours and detained around 250 people suspected of extremist activities in the northern and central parts of the Sinai Peninsula, the army said in a statement on Sunday. The major anti-terror offensive in the area started on February 9. According to the statement the army has also destroyed several explosive devices, weapon...

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