An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece on Thursday, with Athens saying the plane swerved in mid-air before plunging from cruising height and vanishing.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Attacking journalists and prosecuting critical voices fuels violent extremism rather than preventing it, the United States told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday in a thinly veiled warning to Egypt, which chaired the meeting. “Arresting journalists, sentencing reporters to death, treating media as an enemy of the state – such […]
Representatives for the FBI said that the bureau had offered both Egyptian and Russian crash investigators forensic assistance and other investigative help, but as of Thursday its offers had not been accepted.
In a gruesome replay of beheadings of captive Christians, an Islamic State video disseminated on social media Sunday purportedly shows the point-blank shootings and decapitations of two groups of Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Six policemen were killed Tuesday when a bomb blast tore through their armored vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula, security officials said — the second such deadly attack this month. Egyptian security forces have recently stepped up their offensive against armed Islamist groups in the Sinai, raiding hideouts […]
By Laura King and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — An hours-long power outage in the Egyptian capital and elsewhere in the country on Thursday stranded commuters, disrupted TV broadcasts, and trapped a small but unlucky cohort in elevators as daytime temperatures topped 100 degrees. Compounding the misery, the outage shut down water supplies […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Egypt’s battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula heated up Tuesday when a security convoy was ambushed, killing 11 members of the nation’s security forces and wounding four more, the state news agency reported. The attack came two days after Egyptian forces raided a village in the northern […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times A leading international human rights group asserted Tuesday that Egyptian authorities likely committed crimes against humanity in the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators last August, most of them supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt sharply disputed the findings of New York-based Human Rights […]
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Life in the battered Gaza Strip began returning to normal Wednesday as a ceasefire held for a second day and Egyptian mediators engaged in shuttle diplomacy on extending the truce. Shops, banks and markets reopened around the devastated enclave where residents seemed more confident that the 72-hour ceasefire, which […]
dpa Cairo (dpa) — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday announced plans for a major upgrade of the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. The project will involve digging 35 kilometres of a new parallel canal and widening the existing canal along a further 37 kilometres, […]
Cairo (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday discussed proposals for a Gaza ceasefire with Egypt, as both sides voiced guarded hopes of ending the bloodshed. Kerry, who arrived late Monday in the wake of growing casualties from the Israeli-Hamas conflict, held talks in Cairo on Monday with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, […]
Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Washington’s top diplomat is to head to the Middle East on Tuesday to throw his weight behind diplomatic efforts to end a devastating week-long conflict between ally Israel and its Islamist foe Hamas. With Israel’s punishing air campaign in its seventh day, the death toll in Gaza hit 177, […]
By Amro Hassan and Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Police and soldiers clamped a tight security lid on sensitive sites in the capital and elsewhere on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Scattered clashes between protesters and security forces left at least one demonstrator dead, state media […]
By Laura King and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — A series of bomb blasts near Egypt’s presidential palace killed two senior police officials and injured 10 other people on Monday, officials and media reports said, two days after another deadly explosion struck the capital. The three bombings occurred on a tensely symbolic day: […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Striking a defiant tone amid a cascade of international criticism, President Abdel Fattah Sisi declared Tuesday that he would not intercede in the case of three journalists from the broadcaster Al Jazeera, who were sentenced a day earlier to lengthy prison terms. The sentencing of the three […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Sunday’s hours-long visit to Cairo by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, the highest-level American official to meet with newly inaugurated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, was a study in nuance. On the one hand, Kerry telegraphed concern over the Cairo government’s crackdown on dissidents of […]
By Amro Hassan and Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Monday sentenced three journalists for the Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera to between seven and 10 years in prison on terrorism-related charges, stunning their supporters and raising an immediate outcry from human rights advocates. The harsh sentence came only a day after […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — In the first such verdict under Egypt’s new president, a criminal court on Wednesday handed down a 15-year prison sentence against one of the leading figures of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. The heavy jail term for activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was arrested in November on […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Spurred by a widely shared video said to show a mob sexual assault on a woman in Tahrir Square, President Abdel Fattah Sisi pledged Tuesday to take “all necessary measures” to combat such attacks and ordered vigorous enforcement of a new law that for the first time […]
By Nehal el-Sherif and Pol O Gradaigh CAIRO — New Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has asked outgoing premier Ibrahim Mehleb to form a new government, local media reported Monday. Mehleb confirmed his reappointment to reporters at the cabinet headquarters, saying he had not yet started consultations on ministerial appointments, independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported. The […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — To the volley of a 21-gun salute, Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, was inaugurated Sunday in a day of triumphal ceremonies, formally assuming leadership of a nation plagued by political turmoil and economic woes. El-Sissi’s swearing-in took place at the Supreme Constitutional Court, the same venue as […]