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30 die in Egypt bus crash

30 die in Egypt bus crash

At least thirty people died in a bus crash in southern Egypt early on Monday, security sources said. More than a dozen were also injured when two buses collided on a desert highway outside the town of Edfu, north of Aswan, the sources said. A third bus then smashed into the wreckage, the sources...

Donors gather for Gaza aid summit

Donors gather for Gaza aid summit

Diplomats are set to meet in Egypt to discuss aid required to rebuild Gaza following a 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants. At least 100,000 people in Gaza have lost their homes due to the war damage, and much of the territory's infrastructure has been destroyed. The Palestinian Authority is appealing for $4bn (£2.5bn)...

Kerry rallies support for US 'war' on IS

Kerry rallies support for US 'war' on IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday Egypt was on the frontline against "terrorism" after meeting its leadership to garner support to fight jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Egypt's formidable army is unlikely to take part in a military coalition against the Islamic State jihadists, but it has closely cooperated with the United...

Kerry visits Egypt for coalition talks on IS

Kerry visits Egypt for coalition talks on IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Egypt on Saturday amid US attempts to form a broad coalition to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants. Kerry will meet Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on the latest leg of his Middle East tour.

UAE, Egypt behind Libya airstrikes: US

US officials have claimed the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were behind several air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya last week, in what would be an escalation of a regional power-play between Islamists and opposing governments across the Middle East. UAE pilots flying out of Egyptian airbases allegedly twice targeted Islamist fighters vying to take control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, last week, several US officials claimed to the New York Times, and later to the AFP news agency....

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

Egypt has brokered an agreement on a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, senior Palestinian officials have said. Hamas negotiator Moussa Abu Marzouk said the deal to end seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead would be announced shortly. The Palestinians said Israel had agreed to ease...

Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. The strikes in the southern town of Rafah came just hours after Israel bombed an apartment tower in Gaza City, collapsing the 12-story...

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza ceasefire

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza ceasefire

Egypt has called for an open-ended cease-fire in Gaza, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The foreign ministry statement Saturday came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. A temporary cease-fire collapsed earlier this week, bringing the Cairo talks so a halt. More than 2,090...

Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary...

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce. As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza. There were no more reports of violence overnight, and the two sides were expected to continue indirect talks...

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