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Mar 19, 2014

Two Egyptian army officers killed in shootout with militants

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two Egyptian army officers were killed on Wednesday in a shootout with members of a Sinai-based Islamist militant group, the Interior Ministry said.

It said five militants were killed and four arrested when the military and police raided a bomb and weapons storage facility. The fighters belonged to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, one of Egypt’s most active militant organizations, the ministry said.

Mar 18, 2014

Egyptian court jails policeman linked to Islamist deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) – A Cairo court sentenced a police officer to 10 years in prison with labor on Tuesday in connection with the deaths of 37 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters last year, judicial sources and the state news agency said.

Three other policemen were given one-year suspended sentences, they said.

The Interior Ministry said at the time that the Islamists had died during an attempted prison break after being suffocated by tear gas. However, a legal source said the men had died from asphyxiation in the back of a crammed police van while they were being moved to a jail on the outskirts of Cairo.

Mar 13, 2014

Egyptian candidate questions Sisi’s commitment to democracy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi says he doubts Egypt’s army chief will bring democracy if elected, citing alleged rights abuses since he toppled the country’s first democratically chosen leader.

Sabahi endorsed Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last July, but argues that the repression Egypt suffered under autocrat Hosni Mubarak still taints the political landscape three years after his fall.

Mar 12, 2014

Telecom Egypt expects mobile licence in March or April

CAIRO, March 12 (Reuters) – Egypt’s landline monopoly
Telecom Egypt expects a newly-formed government to
grant it a licence to provide mobile services this month or
next, the state-controlled company’s chief executive said on
Wednesday.

Telecom Egypt has been relying on its data business to boost
revenue and has been waiting to launch a new mobile operation
that would complement its existing joint venture with Vodafone
and rival the sector’s two other players.

Mar 11, 2014

Egypt’s Moussa: political future possible for Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian leaders should leave the door open for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to re-enter politics if the group accepts the constitution, former foreign minister and presidential candidate Amr Moussa said in a rare call for reconciliation.

Moderation has not exactly been in style in Egyptian politics since army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July after mass protests against his rule.

Mar 4, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi signals he will run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signalled on Tuesday that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the “majority” of Egyptians who want him to do so, state news agency MENA reported.

Sisi, who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, said “official procedures” concerning his candidacy were expected in coming days.

Mar 4, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi gives clearest sign he will run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sent the clearest signal yet that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the demands of the “majority”, the state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

Sisi, who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, in July, said “official procedures” concerning his candidacy were expected in coming days.

Feb 19, 2014

From desert hideout, shadowy Ansar militants rattle Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – A shadowy Islamist militant group based in the remote Sinai desert is emerging as a major threat to Egypt’s stability, and there are no signs that the army-backed government has devised an effective strategy to contain it.

With assassinations, suicide bombings and shootings, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has earned a spot on the global jihad map and its bloody campaign spreading across Egypt is cause for alarm in the West, which sees the biggest Arab nation as a strategic partner.

Feb 18, 2014

Egypt militants warn tourists to leave or face attack

CAIRO (Reuters) – A militant Islamist group has warned tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any who stay in the country after February 20, raising the prospect of a new front in a fast-growing insurgency.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two South Korean tourists and an Egyptian on Sunday, made the statement on an affiliated Twitter account.

Feb 17, 2014

Suspected Egyptian militants raise stakes in insurgency

CAIRO (Reuters) – The bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt by suspected Muslim militants marks a strategic shift to soft targets that could devastate an economy already reeling from political turmoil.

The assailants, who killed two South Koreans and an Egyptian on Sunday, chose their area of operation shrewdly – a poorly guarded buffer zone in the south Sinai between Egypt and Israel.