Thursday 26 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
Egypt's interior ministry said police on Sunday killed six alleged Islamist militants suspected of involvement in a failed assassination attempt against a security chief. The Alexandria security chief General Mostafa el-Nemr survived a car bombing aimed at his convoy on Saturday, two days ahead of presidential elections. Two policemen were killed. The ministry said in a statement that police tracked down the cell belonging to the militant Hasam movement in Behaira province, killing six of them in an exchange of fire. Police accuse Hasam of being an armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, banned after the army ousted the unpopular president Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood member, in 2013. The army chief who led the ouster,...
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
The Egyptian government's State Information Service said on Sunday it had expelled a British journalist for The Times for breaking the law by conducting interviews without a press permit. The London newspaper said on Saturday that its correspondent Bel Trew had been expelled last month in a move that signalled an "oppressive environment" for the media. Trew was driven to the airport and forced to board a flight in February, but the London-based paper held off commenting publicly as it sought to negotiate her return to cover elections starting on Monday. This had proved fruitless, and a spokeswoman said: "The Times deplores this attempt to intimidate and suppress our coverage." The State Information Service (SIS), which regulates foreign media, said...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
A policeman died on Saturday in a bomb attack in Egypt's Alexandria which hit a convoy of the city's security chief, officials said. The car bomb attack in the northern port city also wounded four others, the government press office added, just days ahead of Egypt's presidential election which starts on Monday. General Mostafa el-Nemr, Alexandria's security chief, was not among the casualties of the "terrorist bombing that targeted the convoy", his office said, quoted by state newspaper Al-Ahram. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the casualties were taken to a military hospital in the Mediterranean city.
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
A British journalist for The Times has been expelled from Egypt, the newspaper said Saturday, in a move it said reflected the "oppressive environment" created there for the press. Bel Trew was driven to the airport and forced to board a flight in February, but the London-based paper held off commenting publicly as it sought to negotiate her return to cover elections starting on Monday. This had proved fruitless, and a spokeswoman said: "The Times deplores this attempt to intimidate...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/18)
Egypt's administrative court issued a ruling on Tuesday stopping the operations of ride sharing apps Uber and Careem, state media reported. Both services had sparked protests by taxi drivers who complained that the drivers did not need to pay the hefty fees to operate transportation vehicles. The court accepted a petition by a lawyer demanding the government stop licensing Uber and Careem activities in Egypt, including their online applications, state-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported on its website. The lawyer representing taxi drivers, Khaled al-Gamal, told AFP that the ruling would have to be implemented...
(AFP (eng) 03/19/18)
Egypt's military said Monday that 36 jihadists, an officer and three soldiers were killed over five days during a sweeping operation against Islamic State group militants in the Sinai. The army launched the campaign on February 9 after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections this month for a second term, gave it a three-month deadline to crush IS in the Sinai. Security forces "eliminated 30 armed takfiri elements during a shootout with raiding forces" in the northern and central Sinai Peninsula, the military said in a statement. A police shootout also left six "takfiri elements" dead and destroyed "an extremely...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/18)
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a chilly March night, Shrouk El-Attar is preparing for a belly dancing show at a London club by pulling on a shimmering blue skirt, fixing a sparkly bra - and sticking on a beard. The act, called “Dancing Queer”, is a protest against the persecution of gay, lesbian and transgender people in El-Attar’s native Egypt where they risk violence, arrest and jail. But the vivacious electrical engineering student wears many hats. Hours before the...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration. Brussels has been seeking greater cooperation from such countries to take back irregular migrants since Europe was hit in 2015 with its worst migration crisis since World War II. "I cannot understand how a country can refuse to take back its nationals" when they have...
(AFP (eng) 03/13/18)
Qatar's BeIN Sports chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, was hit with a second anti-trust fine by an Egyptian court on Monday. The court accuses BeIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services. A fine of 400 million Egyptian pounds ($22.7 million, 18 million euros) has been handed down after prosecution by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in a Cairo economic court. The fine is the second...
(AFP (eng) 03/13/18)
Egypt's judiciary announced Monday it has set up a hotline to gather complaints of "fake" news in the traditional or electronic media that could pose a threat to national security. Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked. "The Egyptian judiciary has set aside mobile telephone numbers to receive complaints on the instant messaging app WhatsApp and by SMS, so long as...
(AFP (eng) 03/12/18)
Egypt's military said Sunday 16 jihadists, an officer and a soldier were killed in the past four days during a major military operation against Islamic State group jihadists in Sinai. The army launched a sweeping campaign after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections for his second term this month, gave them a three-month deadline to crush IS in Sinai. He issued his ultimatum in November after suspected IS gunmen massacred more than 300 worshippers in a Sinai mosque associated with Sufi Muslim mystics. Since the military, then led by Sisi, ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013...
(AFP (eng) 03/12/18)
Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most dynamic movie industries in the world. The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivalled those of Western movies at the time. "Things started to change in the 1980s" as social freedoms regressed and society grew more puritanical, leading Arab film critic Tarek El Shenawi told AFP. Under the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood group and Arab Gulf countries...
(AFP (eng) 03/05/18)
Egypt's military said on Sunday four soldiers and 10 jihadists were killed in a military operation in Sinai against Islamic State group jihadists. The deaths raise military casualties to at least 16 dead, along with more than 100 jihadists, since the start of the operation on February 9, according to previous army tolls. The army launched the campaign after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections for his second term this month, gave them a three month...
(AFP (eng) 03/05/18)
Egyptian prosecutors have remanded a prominent state television talk show presenter in custody for four days on accusations he insulted the police, officials said. Pro-government Khairy Ramadan was ordered detained late Sunday after he last month discussed the alleged low salaries of police officers on his show "Egypt Today" on the public Channel 1. Citing a policeman's wife, Ramadan presented a breakdown of the officer's monthly gross salary of 6,890 pounds ($390, 320 euros), with which he has to provide...
(AFP (eng) 03/05/18)
Media in Egypt faces increased scrutiny and restrictions by authorities ahead of a presidential election this month incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will dominate, critics say. The president, addressing media, warned on Thursday against "defamation" of security forces, a day after his prosecution warned it would take legal action against "false news." Egypt ranks 161 out of 180 countries in press freedoms according to watchdog Reporters Without Borders' 2017 Press Freedoms Index. The government's warnings to media are not new. Sisi,...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
Egypt's state security prosecution Friday remanded in custody for 15 days a woman accused of falsely telling the BBC her daughter had been the victim of a "forced disappearance", officials said. State security prosecution officials said authorities were questioning Mona Mahmud Mohammad, who was named in the BBC report as "Um Zubeida", or the mother of Zubeida. She is being investigated over accusations that she had spread false news and for joining an organisation set up illegally, they said. The mother was arrested on Wednesday.
(AFP (eng) 03/01/18)
Two trains collided Wednesday in northern Egypt killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens of others, the health ministry said, the latest in a string of deadly rail accidents in the country. Twelve people died and 39 were injured in the crash between a freight train and a passenger train at Kom Hamada in Behaira province, health ministry spokesman Khaled Mehaged told state television, updating an earlier casualty toll. Footage aired by the state television showed at least two...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/18)
Egypt's state prosecution said on Wednesday it would monitor media for "false" news and take "necessary" action, after the government demanded the BBC retract a report on rights abuses in the country. The report, aired over the weekend, mentioned the case of a young woman whose mother said had been the victim of an enforced disappearance. The woman later appeared on a local television show saying she had run away from her mother, married, and had a child. The prosecution...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/18)
Seven Egyptian soldiers and 71 jihadists have been killed since the launch of a wide-ranging operation to quell an Islamic State group affiliate in Sinai earlier this month, the military said. "As a result of the heroic combat operations by our armed forces...seven heroes of the armed forces were martyred," military spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifai said at a press conference aired Thursday on state television. "71 extremists have been killed and five arrested," he said. Rifai added that 1,852 other...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/18)
An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death for planning attacks and weapons possession. Only five of the defendants sentenced to death were present at the trial, and they may appeal the ruling. The remaining 16 were tried in absentia and could get a retrial if arrested. The court also sentenced four defendants to 25 years in prison each and three to 15 years. They been accused of planning attacks and embracing "extremist ideology." Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds to death for violence after the military toppled the divisive Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and unleashed a crackdown on his supporters. Many have appealed and won retrials, but executions have been...

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