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.
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.
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.