October 16, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Americans are not at all popular in Egypt these days. And now, perhaps the only one who was has suffered a spectacular fall from grace. Bob Bradley, the American head coach of Egypt's national soccer team, the Pharaohs, was drubbed in Egyptian media after the team suffered a crushing defeat in a World Cup qualifying match, losing 6-1 to Ghana. In a withering commentary in Wednesday editions of the Shorouk newspaper, widely read sports columnist Ayman Badrah described Bradley's performance as unfocused, inflexible and “confused.” Tuesday's away match in Ghana was avidly followed by soccer-mad Egyptians, who clustered around TVs in cafes and living rooms on the first day of this week's Eid al-Adha holiday.
December 26, 2010 |
A bus accident in southern Egypt on Sunday left eight American tourists dead and 21 injured, the official MENA news agency reported. The bus was carrying 37 American tourists visiting ancient archeological sites when it slammed into a disabled truck parked along the roadside, MENA reported. A statement posted to the website of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo said the staff was "deeply saddened by the traffic accident that has led to deaths and injuries among American tourists. " MENA reported that helicopters had been dispatched to evacuate survivors of the crash.
November 6, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a sweeping ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, in a sign of the interim government's determination to keep heavy pressure on the Islamist movement. The ban, ordered in September, outlaws all Brotherhood-linked groups and activities, and paves the way for the seizure of the movement's assets. The Brotherhood denounced the ruling, which came just two days after deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was put on trial by the military-backed government.
August 27, 2013 |
SHARM EL SHEIK, Egypt -- The deadly protests and political turbulence that have swept Egypt in recent months are keeping Western tourists away from the resorts, beaches and famous scuba diving waters across the southern Sinai Peninsula. "This summer is by far the worst I have seen,” said Mohamed Ismail Abdullah, who has worked as a tour guide here for 14 years. “Hotel occupancy at this time of the year usually ranges between 70% to 80%. Now we have no more than 50%, and that's only because of the Eid holidays [this month]
January 31, 2011
U.S. stock-index futures fell as investors speculated that Egypt's crisis would slow the global recovery. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 index expiring in March tumbled 0.4% to 1,267 during trading Monday morning in Tokyo, while Dow Jones industrial average futures retreated 79 points, or 0.7%, to 11,696. Middle East shares sank Sunday, sending Abu Dhabi's index down 3.7%, its biggest drop in 14 months. "The situation in Egypt is the catalyst for a downturn," said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Minneapolis-based Wells Capital Management, which oversees about $340 billion.
October 21, 2013 |
CAIRO - It was nearly 9 p.m., but the Church of the Virgin Mary, the heart of the Christian community in a ramshackle neighborhood on Cairo's outskirts, was alive with activity. One elaborate Coptic wedding ritual was ending, and another was soon to begin. Relatives and friends of the couples crowded the church's entryway, spilling onto the sidewalks of a busy street that roared with traffic night and day. That was when the gunfire erupted. The assailants were masked and riding motorbikes, witnesses said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999
Re "U.S. Announces Plan to Sell Egypt $3.2 Billion in Weaponry," March 12: Congratulations to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for getting U.S. taxpayers to cough up the dough to provide F-16 fighters and Patriot-3 missiles to Egypt to, as Defense Secretary William S. Cohen declared, spare the Egyptians the insult of having to turn to other suppliers. It's nice to know that our sensitivity toward the feelings of Egyptians comes ahead of the U.S. government's responsibility to provide quality education and universal medical care to American kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1999
The "Chill to Democracy in Egypt" (editorial, June 11) is part of the "chill" to the peace agreement with Israel. Since 1993, at the height of the optimism for a new, peaceful Middle East, Cairo was pressing Arab states to slow the "normalization" with Israel. Egypt, jointly with Saudi Arabia, put the brakes on the regional, multilateral negotiations that included Israel. In 1994, while Israel agreed to let Yasser Arafat come back to Gaza in triumph and establish the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait abandoned the multilateral framework.