CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt replaced its interior minister on Thursday with a retired general who has experience combating religious extremism as the country fights radical Islamist militants seeking to topple the Cairo government.
Egypt has been grappling with rising Islamist militancy since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted freely elected President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s cabinet approved a long-awaited draft law on investment on Wednesday, aimed at making deals less vulnerable to legal disputes or changes in government, and reducing stifling bureaucracy.
The government is seeking to address foreign business concerns before an investment conference in Sharm el-Sheikh set for mid-March, when Egypt hopes to secure domestic and foreign investment of up to $12 billion.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s air force bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday, a day after the group released a video showed the beheading of 21 Egyptians there, marking an escalation in Cairo’s battle against militants.
It was the first time Egypt confirmed launching air strikes against the group in neighbouring Libya, showing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is ready to expand his fight against Islamist militancy beyond Egypt’s borders.
CAIRO, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund
said on Wednesday that Egypt’s structural and monetary reforms
were starting to produce a turnaround in the economy, which has
been hit by persistent turmoil since 2011.
The uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak four years ago hit
the economy hard, discouraging investors and tourists and
slashing growth to below 2 percent in 2010/2011.
SANAA (Reuters) – When Yemen’s Houthi fighters scaled the rooftops surrounding former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s home, killed his guards and put him under house arrest, they left no doubt that negotiating a political settlement with them would be difficult.
The actions of the Shi’ite Muslim fighters have drawn criticism from across Yemen’s political spectrum, especially after their declaration on Friday that they were dismissing the national assembly and would form a new government.
CAIRO (Reuters) – United by a deep hostility towards Islamists, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Russia’s Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday they were both committed to fighting the threat of terrorism.
The general and the former KGB officer found common ground on security at talks in Cairo that signalled a rapprochement between their two countries, at a time when relations between Egypt and the United States have cooled.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called the leaders of Gulf Arab states to reassure them of strong Egyptian-Gulf ties after a leaked audio recording that purports to show him and senior aides being derisive of their rich Gulf donors.
Mekameleen, a pro-Islamist TV channel that aired the tape at the weekend, ran subtitles to identify the detailed conversations heard as being between Sisi and two of his senior staff on how to get Gulf states to funnel them more money.
SANAA (Reuters) – The leader of Yemen’s Houthis who control the capital Sanaa said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and urged all factions to work together to solve the crisis.
Abdel-Malek al-Houthi’s conciliatory remarks in a televised speech came less than an hour after his supporters released Hadi’s chief of staff, whom they seized last week in an attempt to gain leverage in a dispute with Hadi over the constitution.
By Yara Bayoumy and Mohammed Ghobari
SANAA, Jan 27(Reuters) – A Yemeni rights group said on
Tuesday a sixth grade student aged about 12 was killed in a U.S.
drone strike east of the capital Sanaa, an assertion that could
raise fresh concern over Washington’s campaign against suspected
The group said Mohammed Saleh Qayed Taeiman was one of three
people reported killed in Monday’s drone strike.
It said his father and older brother were killed in a 2011 drone
strike, and a third brother was wounded in another drone attack.
SANAA (Reuters) – A CIA drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda militants on Monday, officials said, in a sign U.S. security operations would continue despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government quit on Thursday in a confrontation with an Iranian-allied armed group, depriving Washington of a staunch ally in its campaign against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).