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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.

Mar 17, 2015

Egyptian policeman charged over shooting of protester

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian police officer was charged on Tuesday over the shooting of a young mother at a protest in central Cairo after a photograph of her bleeding to death that went viral caused an international outcry.

Shaimaa Sabbagh, 32, was shot at a march marking the anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The public prosecutor said in a statement she was killed by an officer who fired birdshot to try to disperse the protest.

Mar 17, 2015

Egyptian policeman accused over fatal shooting of woman protester

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian police officer was charged on Tuesday over the fatal shooting of Shaimaa Sabbagh, a woman protester whose death caused international outrage when footage of it spread online in January.

Sabbagh was shot in Cairo during protests a day before the anniversary of the uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The public prosecutor referred the case for trial in a criminal court, a rare action against a member of the security forces.

Mar 12, 2015

Egypt’s Salafist Nour Party says it is committed to running in election

ABU HOMOS, Egypt (Reuters) – Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist Nour party says it is committed to participating in elections, in a boost to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose crackdown on critics has stifled much of Egypt’s political opposition.

A parliamentary election, originally set for this month but now deferred for legal changes, is meant to be the last stage of a political road map that Sisi announced after he, as army chief, ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Mar 6, 2015

Egyptian strikes kill 25 militants in two days: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian air strikes have killed 25 militants in North Sinai over the last two days, security sources said, targeting an insurgency that seeks to topple the Cairo government.

North Sinai is the epicenter of an Islamist insurrection that has killed hundreds of police and soldiers since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

Mar 5, 2015

Egypt names new interior minister to combat religious extremism

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.

Mar 4, 2015

Egypt’s cabinet approves long-awaited investment law

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.

Feb 16, 2015

Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after 21 Egyptians beheaded

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.

Feb 11, 2015

IMF says Egypt’s reforms starting to spur turnaround in economy

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.