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Ex-Egypt general wants UNESCO site demolished

UNESCO-listed heritage site St. Catherine’s Monastery. (Shutterstock)  Al Arabiya News Citing the supposed threat posed to national security, a retired Egyptian army general has filed a legal case in his efforts to see UNESCO-listed heritage site St. Catherine’s Monastery demolished, Ahram News website reported Sunday. Ahmed Ragai Attiya claimed the monastery, in south Sinai, was … Continue reading

Egypt court sentences homosexuals to prison

By AFP AIRO — A court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison on Monday for practicing homosexuality, a judicial official said. Prosecutors had accused the men of holding “deviant parties” and dressing in women’s clothes. Three were sentenced to eight years and the fourth to three years in prison. … Continue reading

Egypt seeks extradition of Muslim Brotherhood members

CAIRO — Egyptian security authorities are coordinating with Arab Gulf countries to track the activities of Muslim Brotherhood members and arrest them on charges of standing behind the violence that has spread throughout Egypt. Maj. Gen. Sayed Shafiq, assistant interior minister for public security, told Al-Monitor, “We began taking measures to apprehend Muslim Brotherhood members whose … Continue reading

Egypt arrests ‘Israel lover’ for Star of David tattoo, contacting Israelis on Facebook

By YASSER OKBI According to authorities, the man “made contact with Israelis through his Facebook page, and he clicked ‘like’ on the Mossad’s Facebook page.” Man arrested for Israel ties [illustrative] Photo: REUTERS A 24-year-old Egyptian has been arrested by authorities in Egypt for allegedly committing the crime of “loving Israel.” National media outlets in … Continue reading

Suicide bomber arrested in North Sinai

MENA North Sinai security services arrested a suicide bomber who was going to detonate himself at a security site. A security source said the 18-year old suspect, who is currently being questioned by authorities, lives in Arish and was going to blast himself at a police and military site in the city. Sinai has seen … Continue reading

Who’s who: Egypt’s new cabinet

Egypt’s cabinet, led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, was sworn in on Saturday afternoon after a reshuffle which saw around a third of the ministers replaced. Mehleb was appointed by President Adly Mansour after the resignation of Hazem El-Beblawi on Monday. Twenty ministers from the cabinet of outgoing prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi will retain their … Continue reading

Al Jazeera stages solidarity day with Egypt-held staff

DOHA — Al Jazeera television on Thursday organised a “global day of action” in solidarity with its four journalists detained in Egypt over accusations of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. Dozens of staff of the Doha-based satellite news channel staged a five-minute gathering at the network’s headquarters. “It is not a crime to be a … Continue reading

Egypt orders 504 Islamists to face mass tribunal

An Islamist suspect holds a photo of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and a copy of the Qur’an during his trial with other suspects at a court in Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt, in this Feb. 18, 2014, photo. On Monday, Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered 504 Islamists facing various charges to face mass trial. (AP Photo/Mohammed … Continue reading

7 Egyptian Christians found dead on Libya beach

RIPOLI: Libyan police have found seven Egyptian Christians killed execution-style on a beach in eastern Libya, security officials and local residents said on Monday. A police officer told Reuters the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east, where assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common and Islamist militants are … Continue reading