Cairo (AFP) 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. SinceRead More
Cairo (AFP) 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 grewRead More
Cairo (Egypt) (AFP) At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded Wednesday as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country’s railways, the health ministry said. The collision between a freight train and a passenger train took place in the northern province of Behaira, it said in a statement. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but it comes months after 41 people died in a train collision near the coastal city of Alexandria last August. ThatRead More
Cairo (Egypt) (AFP) 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 carriages had derailed in a rural stretchRead More
Cairo (AFP) 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 suspects have been rounded up in the operationRead More
Cairo (AFP) The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the “Screaming Mummy” of the son of a pharaoh who may have been hanged for plotting his father’s murder. Dubbed “the unknown man E”, the mummy which is not usually exhibited appears to be of a man who died an agonising death. Egypt’s antiquities ministry has said DNA analysis confirmed the mummy was a son of Ramses III, who ruled between 1186 BC and 1155 BC. It showed signs that the man had been hanged and shrouded in sheepskin,Read More
Cairo (AFP) Deep in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, the children of Nagrig village have a clear goal in life: they want to become football stars like Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer and Africa’s top player. Salah, who hails from their village, has been one of the sensations of the Premier League since joining Liverpool — his goal in the victory against Southampton on Sunday was his 29th of the season. Further enhancing his status as a national hero, Salah played a key role in leading Egypt to the World CupRead More
Cairo (AFP) A Russian belly dancer faces charges in Egypt for alleged “incitement to debauchery” after a video showing her scantily-dressed went viral, security sources said. The sources said the woman identified as Ekaterina Andreeva and known by her stage name “Gawhara” (jewel in Arabic) would be deported, but her lawyer said she would go on trial. Authorities also accused the dancer of not having the proper documents allowing her to work and live in Egypt. But her lawyer Mohammed Saleh denied the accusations against Andreeva and said rather thanRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday defended the legality of a 2003 maritime agreement with Cyprus to boost gas exploration after his Turkish counterpart called it “null and void”. In 2003 Egypt and Cyprus signed an agreement to set up an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean to increase exploration for gas in the area. Turkey, which has occupied the northern third of Cyprus since 1974, has repeatedly voiced opposition to drilling off Cyprus. And ties between Cairo and Ankara have been strained since Egypt’s armyRead More
Cairo (AFP) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday inaugurated the offshore Zohr gas field, aimed at making the Arab world’s most populous country self-sufficient in natural gas by the end of 2018. “We are now entering into the self-sufficiency stage… and, God willing, by the end of the year we will have reached self-sufficiency,” Petroleum Minister Tarek al-Molla said at a ceremony broadcast live on state television. In December, the oil ministry said it was starting production from the field discovered in 2015 by Italian energy giant Eni atRead More