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Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said. The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip....

Egypt court sentences 188 to death

Egypt court sentences 188 to death

More than 180 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to death in Egypt over a 2013 attack on a police station near Cairo. The attack took place on the same day as Egyptian security forces broke up protest camps set up by Brotherhood supporters, leaving hundreds dead. Egypt has been fiercely criticised...

Egypt anger as Mubarak cleared

Egypt anger as Mubarak cleared

Egyptian police have used tear gas to disperse protesters angry that charges against ex-President Hosni Mubarak over killings during the uprising three years ago have been dropped. About 2,000 people massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 revolution. One person was reported killed in the clashes. Mubarak was originally sentenced to life...

Hosni Mubarak cleared in murder case

Hosni Mubarak cleared in murder case

A court in Egypt has dropped all charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising against him. The Cairo courtroom erupted in cheers when the judge concluded Mubarak's retrial by dismissing the case. Seven of Mubarak's senior security officials were also acquitted. Mubarak, 86, is serving a separate...

Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after attacks

Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after attacks

Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after at least 31 soldiers were killed in two attacks there. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has declared three days of mourning in the wake of the suspected jihadist attacks. Egypt's Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was also closed, state TV...

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....

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