Cairo - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Cairo Likely presidential candidate in Egypt ordered detained CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the detention for one day of an opposition leader widely tipped to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in 2018 elections following a complaint that he made an obscene finger gesture on the street outside a Cairo courtroom in January, according to one of his lawyers. Rights lawyer Khaled Ali, 44, u... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:01:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:01:00Z Egypt refers militants to military trial over church attacks CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 48 suspected Islamic militants to a military trial over their alleged participation in deadly attacks targeting Christian churches. The attacks on a church in Cairo and two north of the Egyptian capital took place between December and April, leaving at least 75 people, mostly Christians, dead and scores wounded. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 13:53:00 GMT 2017-05-21T13:53:00Z Egypt says Trump called el-Sissi ahead of Saudi summit CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says U.S. President Donald Trump has called his Egyptian counterpart to express his commitment to further "robust strategic relations" and partnership between the two countries. The office of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Trump also noted in the call on Monday night that he looks forward to meeting el-Sissi during the Arab-Islamic-American summit in... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:55:00Z Egypt calls for lifting of arms embargo on Libya CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reiterated a call on the international community to lift an arms embargo on Libya on Saturday, which would allow weapons to be delivered legally to a powerful general he backs in the fractured country's east. After meeting Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter in Cairo, el-Sissi, himself a former general, said ... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:09:00Z Experts meet in Egypt over moving King Tut artifacts CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists and conservation experts met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamun's throne, chests and bed from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to a new one being built on the other side of the Egyptian capital. The meeting, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, brought together experts fr... Mon, 08 May 2017 02:30:00 GMT 2017-05-08T02:30:00Z 10 Things to Know for Monday 1. EMMANUEL MACRON BECOMES FRANCE'S YOUNGEST PRESIDENT The pro-European centrist's resounding victory dashes far-right rival Marine Le Pen's hopes of riding the populist wave that swept Donald Trump into the White House. 2. TEXAS GOVERNOR SIGNS BAN ON "SANCTUARY CITIES" The law allows police to ask about a person's ... Mon, 08 May 2017 01:25:00 GMT 2017-05-08T01:25:00Z Gunmen kill 3 police in Egypt's capital CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen attacked a police patrol in Cairo, killing three policemen and wounding five before fleeing the scene, Egypt's Interior Ministry said Tuesday. The attack late Monday was claimed by a shadowy group known as Hasm, or "Decisiveness," which the government suspects is linked to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The minis... Tue, 02 May 2017 16:04:00 GMT 2017-05-02T16:04:00Z Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country's tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants. Military helicopters flew overhead and ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-04-29T21:41:00Z The Latest: Pope urges Egypt's clergy to remain positive CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local): 5 p.m. Pope Francis has left Egypt at the end of a historic, two-day visit defined by calls for Christian-Muslim unity against religious militancy. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saw the Catholic pontiff off at Cairo Airport on Saturday. The v... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:10:00 GMT 2017-04-29T15:10:00Z Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo CAIRO (AP) — Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis zoomed around the Cairo sports stadium ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-04-29T13:11:00Z In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world's most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy. Brushing off security concerns after a series of attacks by Islamic militants on Egypt's C... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-04-28T21:03:00Z The Latest: Pope, Coptic patriarch to try to heal schism CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Pope Francis and the Coptic Orthodox pope, Tawadros II, are pledging they won't require faithful who switch churches to get re-baptized. The two popes signed a joint declaration on Friday, at the end of their meeting at the Orthodox P... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:13:00Z Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt's Muslim leaders. Security has been tightened, with shops ordered closed and police conducting door-to-door checks in... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:47:00 GMT 2017-04-27T07:47:00Z Egypt steps up security ahead of pope's visit CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has heightened security in the area around the Vatican residence in Cairo ahead of Pope Francis' visit this weekend, which comes weeks after suicide attacks on two churches killed dozens of people. In Zamalek, a wealthy neighborhood on a Nile island, police have been conducting door-to-door checks, searching passers-by and instructing b... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-04-25T15:46:00Z Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace." In a videotaped message in Italian released by the Vatican on Tuesday, Francis says he hopes the pilgrimage will be "an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East." T... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:18:00 GMT 2017-04-25T12:18:00Z Egypt sentences 20 to death in police killings CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday upheld death sentences against 20 suspected Islamists convicted of murder in the deaths of 15 people, including 11 police, during an attack on a police station in 2013. The ruling by the Cairo Criminal Court awaits approval by the grand mufti, the country's highest Islamic authority, and a final verdict will be del... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:34:00 GMT 2017-04-24T13:34:00Z Egypt beefs up security outside churches ahead of Easter CAIRO (AP) — Outside of Cairo's St. Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, a dozen high-ranking police officers are stationed on all entrances, searching cars and scanning the area, as security measures are visibly beefed up outside churches before Easter prayers on Sunday. The usually festive occasion is tainted with fearful apprehension... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:31:00 GMT 2017-04-12T20:31:00Z Attacks test Egypt's president who orders state of emergency CAIRO (AP) — Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sought to ease public anger and take a tougher stand against Islamic extremists after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed 45 people. A day after the Palm Sunday bloodshed, the Interior Ministry said it killed seven Islamic ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:41:00 GMT 2017-04-11T00:41:00Z The Latest: Germany urges Egyptian religious solidarity CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Sunday's deadly church bombings in Egypt (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Germany says Muslims in Egypt should show solidarity with their Christian compatriots. A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the suicide bombings that killed 45 people Sunday Steffen Seibert t... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-04-10T18:00:00Z The Latest: US official condemns 'barbaric attacks' in Egypt CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the bombing of two churches in Egypt (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The U.S. State Department is condemning in the strongest terms what it calls the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Egypt. Bombs at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt killed more than 40 people and wounded... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:17:00Z A timeline of recent attacks on Egypt's Christians CAIRO (AP) — Sunday's bombings of two Coptic churches in separate cities claimed by the Islamic State group are the latest attacks on Egypt's embattled Christian minority, increasingly targeted by IS and affiliated militants. The Copts have long been a favored target of extremists — they were struck with a similar church bombing just weeks before the cou... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:38:00 GMT 2017-04-09T17:38:00Z Pope on Palm Sunday decries suffering from war, terrorism VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried a deadly attack on a Coptic church in Egypt during Palm Sunday celebrations, just weeks before his planned visit to Cairo. The pontiff expressed his "deep condolences" to the Coptic patriarch, Tawadros II, calling him "my brother," to the Coptic church and "all of the dear Egyptian nation," and said he was praying for the de... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:36:00 GMT 2017-04-09T11:36:00Z Egyptians recount sexual harassment, angering conservatives CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian women and girls have come out to denounce sexual harassment and share personal stories about it on social media, breaking a taboo and raising the ire of some in the country's conservative majority. In posts on Facebook and Twitter from the weekend to Wednesday, rare, candid stories focused on women's first experiences of ... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:49:00 GMT 2017-04-07T09:49:00Z Slain student's parents ask pope to raise case in Egypt ROME (AP) — The family of an Italian graduate student tortured to death in Egypt is urging Pope Francis to seek information about the case during his upcoming visit to Cairo. The parents of Giulio Regeni made the appeal Monday at the Italian Senate on the same day the Vatican released details of Francis' April 28-29 trip, which includes a meeting with Egyptian President Abde... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-04-03T18:25:00Z Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention CAIRO (AP) — Far from the cameras that followed him closely over six years of legal wrangling, Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak quietly returned home to his family on Friday after winning acquittals and release from a Cairo hospital where he has been detained for years. The 88-year-old onetime autocratic ruler now walks free, acquitted over his role... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:48:00 GMT 2017-03-24T17:48:00Z Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president CAIRO (AP) — Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home. — Oct. 15 1981: Mubarak takes office after his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, is assassinated by Islamic militants during a military parade. Mubarak, Sadat's vice-president, survives with a minor hand injury. — Mubara... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:31:00 GMT 2017-03-24T15:31:00Z Egyptian, Palestinian leaders meet for reconciliation talks CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian and Palestinian leaders held talks in Cairo on Monday in what Egyptian media reports have called a "reconciliation" meeting. Relations between Cairo and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been tense over a range of issues, including Egypt's contacts with Gaza's Hamas rulers and other factions that are at odds with Abbas' Palestinian Authority. ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:26:00 GMT 2017-03-20T13:26:00Z Prosecutor orders release of Egypt's ousted leader Mubarak CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak was ordered to be freed from detention on Monday, according to the prosecutor who signed his release order. The decision ends nearly six years of legal proceedings against Mubarak and seems certain to revive the ongoing debate over whether the goals of the 2011 uprising that ended his reign were ever realized. ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-03-13T18:40:00Z Egypt pardons 203 people jailed for illegal protests CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Monday pardoned more than 200 people convicted and jailed for their participation in illegal protests. The pardon of the 203 prisoners by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi did not cover any of the iconic, secular activists jailed for violating the 2013 protests law, which has effectively ended street activism in Egypt except for demonstrations... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:11:00 GMT 2017-03-13T15:11:00Z Vatican confirms papal trip to Egypt under study VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is confirming a papal trip to Egypt is under consideration but that no dates or itinerary have been finalized. The statement Saturday by spokesman Greg Burke came after Italy's state-run RAI reported Francis would visit Cairo's Al-Azhar, the leading center of learning of Sunni Islam, on May 20-21. The Vat... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:25:00 GMT 2017-03-11T15:25:00Z