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Jul 15, 2015

Special Report: Bedouins drawn into Egypt’s Islamist fight

EL-ARISH/CAIRO (Reuters) – One afternoon in mid-April, a Bedouin woman screamed inside her single-storey, stone house in the Egyptian village of al-Taweela. The screams were so loud that neighbors took notice, said Ali Abu-Freij, a resident in the northern Sinai village. He and other locals saw four men in masks speed away from the house in a Toyota Land Cruiser.

“When we went to the home to see what happened, we were surprised to find the husband tied up and saying that armed men had kidnapped his wife,” said Abu-Freij.

Jul 1, 2015

Insight – Year into Sisi’s power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

CAIRO (Reuters) – After a year in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s aura of invincibility may be fading as he comes under closer scrutiny from a public growing impatient with the same social inequalities that triggered a mass uprising in 2011.

To be sure, Sisi is still firmly in control, with security forces cracking down on dissent, and Western and Gulf Arab powers on his side, pumping billions of dollars into the economy each year to support a strategic ally.

Jul 1, 2015

Year into Sisi’s power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

CAIRO (Reuters) – After a year in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s aura of invincibility may be fading as he comes under closer scrutiny from a public growing impatient with the same social inequalities that triggered a mass uprising in 2011.

To be sure, Sisi is still firmly in control, with security forces cracking down on dissent, and Western and Gulf Arab powers on his side, pumping billions of dollars into the economy each year to support a strategic ally.

Jun 14, 2015

Egypt’s EFG-Hermes says well-capitalised, east Africa of interest

CAIRO, June 14 (Reuters) – The chief executive officer of
Egypt’s EFG-Hermes, one of the Middle East’s largest
investment banks, said on Sunday the firm was well capitalised
for future growth plans, as it launched a wholly-owned
subsidiary in leasing services.

Karim Awad also told Reuters that sub-Saharan Africa,
particularly eastern Africa, was of interest to the firm.

Jun 11, 2015

Tourist sites on alert as militants go for Egypt’s economic lifeline

CAIRO (Reuters) – After a violent campaign directed at security forces, Egyptian militants appear to be zooming in on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s most vulnerable point: the economy.

Attacks on two prime tourist sites in the space of eight days are deeply worrying for a government which has staked much of its credibility on reviving the economy after years of political turmoil.

Jun 10, 2015

Suicide bomber attacks tourist site in Luxor, four Egyptians wounded

CAIRO (Reuters) – A suicide bomber blew himself up near Egypt’s ancient Karnak temple in the southern city of Luxor on Wednesday, security sources said, a possible sign that militants are shifting focus to target the country’s economic recovery.

Although officials said no tourists were wounded, the attack at Karnak is the second in just over a week on a major tourist site in Egypt, where tourism is a vital source of income and foreign currency.

Jun 1, 2015
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Egypt deploys scholars to teach moderate Islam, but skepticism abounds

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(Students revise for a Koran verbal recital exam in one of the Al-Azhar institutes in Cairo, Egypt, May 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

In his battle against militant Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is relying not just on bomber planes and soldiers but on white-turbaned clerics from Al-Azhar, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old center for Islamic learning. He wants clerics to counter radicalism in the classroom.

May 31, 2015

Special Report: Egypt deploys scholars to teach moderate Islam, but skepticism abounds

CAIRO (Reuters) – In his battle against militant Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is relying not just on bomber planes and soldiers but on white-turbaned clerics from Al-Azhar, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old center for Islamic learning. He wants clerics to counter radicalism in the classroom.

In a televised speech in January at an Al-Azhar conference center in Cairo, Sisi called for “a religious revolution” in Islam. Radicalized thinking, he told the audience of Islamic scholars, had become “a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.”

May 20, 2015

Egypt’s judges new frontline in battle against militancy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces have grown accustomed to being targeted by Islamist militants. Now some judges are buying guns for protection after a spate of attacks which suggest that they too are on the hit list.

Militants are estimated to have killed more than 600 soldiers and police since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

May 11, 2015

Once untouchable, Egypt’s Sisi faces media attacks

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian newspapers are publishing what would have been unthinkable when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power in 2013: suggestions that he is fallible.

It is a sign that a man who enjoys cult-like support may be starting to lose some popularity as elected president.