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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.

Apr 7, 2015

Insight – In Egypt, ex-military men fire up Islamist insurgency

CAIRO (Reuters) – A small but highly dangerous succession of former Egyptian army officers are joining Islamist militant groups, complicating President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s efforts to counter what he calls an existential threat from extremism.

These men are raising the stakes in an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

Apr 7, 2015

In Egypt, ex-military men fire up Islamist insurgency

CAIRO (Reuters) – A small but highly dangerous succession of former Egyptian army officers are joining Islamist militant groups, complicating President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s efforts to counter what he calls an existential threat from extremism.

These men are raising the stakes in an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

Apr 5, 2015

Yemen’s Houthis ready for talks if air strikes stop: senior member

CAIRO (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthis are ready to sit down for peace talks as long as a Saudi-led air campaign is halted and the negotiations are overseen by “non-aggressive” parties, a senior Houthi member said.

Saleh al-Sammad, who was an adviser to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, also told Reuters in emailed answers that Yemenis reject the return of Hadi, who escaped to Saudi Arabia after Shi’ite Houthi fighters edged closer to his southern base of Aden last month.

Mar 29, 2015

Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 29 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia
accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday,
telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for
the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian
leader Bashar al-Assad.

In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the
gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of
regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

Mar 29, 2015

Arab summit to announce unified force to counter security threats

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 29 (Reuters) – Arab leaders at
a summit in Egypt will announce the formation of a unified
regional force to counter growing security threats, according to
a draft of the final communique, as conflicts rage from Yemen to
Libya.

The summit will also call on Iranian-allied Houthi fighters,
who have made rapid advances in Yemen, to leave that country’s
capital and hand over their arms to “legitimate” authorities,
said the draft, obtained by Reuters.

Mar 28, 2015

Libya tells Arab summit arms embargo must be lifted to fight IS

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Libya told an Arab summit on Saturday that a U.N. arms embargo on the country must be lifted to help prevent the advance of Islamic State militants.

“I say to those who oppose or delay the arming of the Libyan army that you are giving an opportunity to Daesh terrorists to flourish in Libya and to spread beyond it,” said Aqila Saleh, president of Libya’s internationally-recognized parliament, using a derogatory Arabic term for Islamic State.

Mar 25, 2015

Arab leaders confronted with multiple crises at summit

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab leaders meeting at a summit this week face rapidly deteriorating conflicts in Yemen and Libya, but have yet to agree on a concrete plan to counter a growing threat from Islamist militant groups and regional chaos.

Yemen’s crisis will be high on the agenda at the March 28-29 Arab League meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, after the country’s foreign minister called on Arab states to intervene militarily.

Mar 19, 2015

What can $300 billion buy in Egypt? A new capital or a pipedream

CAIRO, March 19 (Reuters) – It is a project as ambitious as
Egypt’s ancient pyramids.

Built from scratch to escape Cairo’s choking pollution, a
planned new capital will feature an airport larger than London’s
Heathrow, a building taller than Paris’s Eiffel Tower and more
than 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of boulevards, avenues and streets.