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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.