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Court ruling jeopardises Egypt parliamentary elections

Court ruling jeopardises Egypt parliamentary elections

Egypt's Supreme Court has ruled part of an election law unconstitutional, possibly delaying parliamentary polls which begin this month. The ruling referred to sections of the law on division of electoral districts. Egypt has been without its main parliament chamber since 2012 when it was dissolved by a court ruling. The elections are the final step...

215 Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged in Egypt

215 Muslim Brotherhood supporters charged in Egypt

Egypt has charged 215 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood with forming a militant group. The country's chief prosecutor accused the group - known as the Helwan Brigades - of killing six policemen and possessing weapons and ammunition. More than half of those charged are already in custody. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members have been arrested...

Egypt calls for UN action in Libya

Egypt called yesterday for a UN-backed international intervention in Libya after launching air strikes on Islamic State group targets in the country following the jihadists' beheadings of Egyptian Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said "there is no choice" but to create a global coalition to confront the extremists in Libya, in an interview aired by France's Europe 1 radio. Egypt's top diplomat was in New York to secure backing for military intervention from UN Security Council members and to demand "full...

21 Christian captives 'killed by IS'

21 Christian captives 'killed by IS'

A video has emerged showing the beheadings purportedly of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya. The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls, being forced to the ground and then decapitated. Egypt reserves the right to respond in any way it sees fit, its President Abdel Fattah...

Egypt court frees Al Jazeera journalists on bail

Egypt court frees Al Jazeera journalists on bail

A court in Egypt has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried for allegedly aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were imprisoned in June along with their Australian colleague, Peter Greste. But their convictions for spreading false news to help a terrorist group were overturned on...

Egypt halts matches after 22 killed in football riot

Egypt halts matches after 22 killed in football riot

The Egyptian authorities have suspended football league matches indefinitely after clashes at a stadium in Cairo left at least 22 people dead. People were crushed after police fired tear gas at supporters of Zamalek who were trying to force their way in for a match against city rivals ENPPI. The fans blamed the authorities for...

Egyptian military kills 47 militants in the Sinai

Egyptian military kills 47 militants in the Sinai

Egyptian security forces killed 47 Islamic militants in the country's Northern Sinai on Friday in one of the biggest operations in the region in months, Reuters quotes local security sources. Apache helicopters killed 27 militants from the Sinai Province group, which pledges allegiance to Islamic State, the ultra-hard line militants who have seized swathes...

Egypt sentences 230 anti-Mubarak activists to life

Egypt sentences 230 anti-Mubarak activists to life

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced to life 230 activists from the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak, including leading campaigner Ahmed Douma, judicial sources said. Thirty-nine other defendants, all minors, were sentenced to 10 years in prison. All 269 defendants were found guilty of taking part in clashes with security forces near Cairo's Tahrir...

183 Brotherhood supporters get death sentence in Egypt

183 Brotherhood supporters get death sentence in Egypt

An Egyptian court sentenced 183 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday on charges of killing police officers, part of a sustained crackdown by authorities on Islamists. The men were convicted of playing a role in the killings of 16 policemen in the town of Kardasa in August 2013 during the...

26 killed as attacks rock Egypt’s Sinai

26 killed as attacks rock Egypt’s Sinai

Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb late on Thursday killing at least 26 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The deadly assaults were swiftly claimed by the Egyptian affiliate of the Daesh group that has captured chunks of territory in Syria and Iraq. Jihadists have regularly attacked...

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