Mohamed Morsi - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mohamed Morsi Hamas leader announces arrest in shooting of commander GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' newly elected supreme leader on Thursday announced the arrest of the man believed responsible for the mysterious shooting death of one of his organization's top military commanders in March, a breakthrough in a case that has embarrassed and shocked the Islamic militant group. Hamas hopes the arrest will shore up its sta... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:43:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:43:00Z IS leader in Egypt vows to step up attacks on Christians CAIRO (AP) — The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt vowed to escalate attacks against Christians, urging Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and western embassies as they are targets of their group's militants. "Targeting the churches is part of our war on infidels," the unidentified leader said in a lengthy interview published by th... Fri, 05 May 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-05-05T17:52:00Z 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 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 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 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 Trump has embraced autocratic leaders without hesitation WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump congratulated Turkey's president for sweeping up more power. Trump hailed Egypt's strongman as a "fantastic guy." When China's president visited the United States, Trump cited a burgeoning friendship and made no public mention of Beijing's dismal human rights record. Since taking office, Trump has displayed a strik... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:50:00 GMT 2017-04-19T13:50:00Z For Trump, no qualms in embracing autocratic leaders WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump congratulated Turkey's president for sweeping up more power. He hailed Egypt's strongman leader as a "fantastic guy." When China's president visited, Trump touted a burgeoning friendship and made no public mention of Beijing's dismal human rights record. Since taking office, Trump has displayed a striking willingne... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-04-18T22:36:00Z 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 Suicide bombers kill 44 at Palm Sunday services in Egypt TANTA, Egypt (AP) — Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government that led the president to call for a three-month state of emergency. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence, adding to fears that ex... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-10T00:07:00Z 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 Roadside bomb, sniper kill 4 policemen in Egypt's Sinai EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A pair of attacks by suspected Islamic militants on Saturday killed four policemen and injured six others in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to security officials, bringing to 16 the number of policemen and soldiers known to have been slain in the area in three days. They said three policemen were killed wh... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:33:00 GMT 2017-03-25T16:33:00Z Egypt says Sinai fighting kills 12 security forces CAIRO (AP) — Militants killed 10 Egyptian soldiers and two policemen in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, underscoring the challenge security forces face in combatting an Islamic State affiliate in the restive area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip. Army spokesman Tamer el-Rifai said the troops were carrying out a raid in which they killed 15 militants a... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:32:00 GMT 2017-03-23T17:32:00Z 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 Egypt's Mubarak acquitted in final ruling on 2011 deaths CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top appeals court issued a final ruling Thursday that effectively acquits former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. The Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by prosecutors, allowing an acquittal verdict from 2014 to stand. The judge also rejected... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:28:00 GMT 2017-03-02T18:28:00Z IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-02-27T23:19:00Z Britain agrees $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt on visit LONDON (AP) — Britain on Saturday finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt, where Boris Johnson was on his first visit to the country as Foreign Secretary and as a human rights organization urged him to speak about what they described as "appalling" abuses. In a statement, the Foreign Office said Johnson and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi discuss... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:20:00 GMT 2017-02-25T20:20:00Z Christians flee Egypt's Sinai after militant killings EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the community. The militants stormed the home of Ka... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-02-24T19:07:00Z Hamas names shadowy militant as new leader in Gaza GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has named a shadowy militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, an official media outlet confirmed on Monday, placing one of the Islamic militant group's most hard-line figures in charge of its core power base. The appointment of Yehiya Sinwar, who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap after two decades... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-02-13T15:27:00Z Egypt's el-Sissi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president said Tuesday he was alarmed by his country's high divorce rate, suggesting a ground-breaking legislation to delegalize divorces verbally declared by Muslim men to their spouses, the latest foray by the general-turned-president into thorny social and cultural issues in the most populous Arab nation. In a televised address dur... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:33:00 GMT 2017-01-24T16:33:00Z Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Sinai killings by police CAIRO (AP) — Egypt must launch an independent and thorough investigation into the recent killing of 10 men by security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Amnesty International said on Monday. The government announced earlier this month that the 10 had been killed in a shootout in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish. But in a Monday statement, the London-based advocacy group repe... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:49:00 GMT 2017-01-23T19:49:00Z Egypt court strikes down islands deal in blow to president CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Gulf patron. The decision to transfer the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir, announced alongside a Saudi aid package last ye... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:20:00 GMT 2017-01-16T15:20:00Z Activist behind Egypt's 2011 uprising released from prison CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian activist behind the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak was released from prison Thursday after serving a three-year sentence for violating a ban on unauthorized protests. Ahmed Maher, who returned to his Cairo home, will remain under surveillance for three years as part of his sentence, his lawyer, Tarek al-Awadi, tol... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:33:00 GMT 2017-01-05T10:33:00Z Suspect in Egypt chapel bombing had 2014 run-in with police CAIRO (AP) — The young man suspected of blowing himself up inside a Cairo chapel during Sunday Mass, killing at least 25 people, had been arrested and beaten by police two years ago after allegedly taking part in an Islamist demonstration, his lawyer said Monday. If independently confirmed, Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mustafa would be the latest Egyptian to b... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:56:00 GMT 2016-12-12T21:56:00Z Bomb kills 25 at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral CAIRO (AP) — Sunday morning Mass was drawing to a close at the chapel next to St. Mark's Cathedral, the seat of Egypt's ancient Coptic Orthodox Church, when Magdy Ramzy said there suddenly was a "shattering explosion like nothing I had ever heard before." A bomb ripped through the chapel in the cathedral complex in central Cairo, killing 25 people and wou... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:22:00 GMT 2016-12-11T19:22:00Z Bombing on Cairo road to pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police CAIRO (AP) — A bombing on a main Cairo road leading to the Giza pyramids killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, the deadliest attack on security forces in the capital in more than six months. The bombing, near a mosque on a wide avenue often used by tour buses, hit a police checkpoint, smashing several cars and blowing the windows out of p... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:34:00 GMT 2016-12-09T13:34:00Z Egypt activist says she was arrested in NGO funding case CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation of the country's top rights campaigners for illegally receiving foreign funds. Her arrest has had a chilling effect on Egyptian rights activists who fear they will be next. As she was being away led by police, Azza Solim... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:47:00 GMT 2016-12-07T19:47:00Z