July 4, 2013 |
Egyptians despairing of Mohamed Morsi's Islamist imprint on society have prevailed in ousting the country's first freely elected president. Faced with a choice between chaos and a coup d'et at , the powerful military opted for the latter. Whether deposing Morsi leads to calm and a collaborative interim leadership remains to be seen. Prospects for taming the widespread unrest th at convulsed Egypt throughout Morsi's scant year in office seemed no better after the military's announcement th at Morsi was out than in the tumultuous weeks th at preceded it. Reports of Morsi under house arrest and dead-of-night roundups of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures hardly seemed conducive to peace and reconciliation between Egypt's polarized factions.
August 13, 2009 |
The job that Ahmed Amin thought came with a lifetime warranty is gone. Like millions of Egyptians over the decades, Amin left his native land to work in the Persian Gulf. In 2005, he was hired as a construction engineer in Dubai, the boisterous and glittering financial hub of the United Arab Emirates. But when the global financial crisis hit hard this year, skyscrapers stood unfinished and Amin was fired. "The last four months have changed the face of my whole life. I had a job that I was more than content with.
June 28, 2013 |
As Mohamed Morsi prepares to mark his first anniversary as president Sunday, Egypt is bracing for a fresh wave of protests. The Tamarod (or Rebel) campaign has reportedly collected more than 15 million signatures demanding Morsi's resignation and an early presidential election. In response, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated ruling Freedom and Justice Party is organizing rallies in support of the government. Last week, tens of thousands of FJP supporters were brought in on buses from rural areas to Cairo's Nasr City neighborhood, where they chanted slogans such as "Islam is the solution" and "The Koran is the constitution.
July 7, 2013 |
CAIRO - A night of largely peaceful protests ended early Monday in a bloody clash between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Egyptian soldiers that carried ominous implications for the new military-led government. Muslim Brotherhood officials, who are supporting ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, said security forces raided their encampment outside the Republican Guard compound with tear gas and gunfire about 4 a.m. Supporters of Morsi have camped there for days demanding the release of the former leader, who has been under arrest since a military coup last week.
February 11, 2006 |
An Egyptian diplomat who had been abducted at gunpoint in the Gaza Strip was released early today in what his kidnappers called a "goodwill gesture." Palestinian police said they picked up Hussam Almousaly at a mosque in Gaza's Zeitoun neighborhood. Egyptian diplomatic officials confirmed Almousaly was back home in Gaza City. The Al Ahrar Brigades, a previously unknown Palestinian group that claimed responsibility, called for the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Egypt.
January 15, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian human rights lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and 300 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia after being found guilty of smuggling drugs into the kingdom. Ahmed Gizawy was arrested with his wife on their way to a pilgrimage to Mecca in April, allegedly carrying 20,000 prescription anti-anxiety pills. The Egyptian consulate in the kingdom said it would appeal the ruling, according to Egypt's state news agency. The court also convicted an Egyptian who was traveling with Gizawy to six years and 400 lashes, the news agency reported.
September 18, 2004 |
Ancient Egyptians revered cats and other animals and took as much care in preserving them as they did with humans, British experts reported in Nature. Researchers had believed that the Egyptians simply wrapped the animals in coarse linen bandages and dipped them in preservatives.
October 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - In these turbulent days, Egypt is a political satirist's paradise - or minefield. Bassem Youssef is about to find out which. The country's most popular comedian, whose cause was championed by Jon Stewart when Youssef's scathing stand-up humor drew the wrath of Egypt's then-Islamist government, is scheduled to return to the airwaves Friday night after a more than three-month hiatus. And Egyptians are buzzing about what his take on an authoritarian-minded new administration will be. Youssef has vowed to pull no punches and spare no punch lines.
August 19, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial for murder-related charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011, may be released from prison this week after a judge set aside a corruption case against him. “He'll be out in a couple of days,” said Mubarak's lawyer, Farid Deeb. The 85-year-old former leader remains in custody in connection with another graft case but is expected to be cleared of those charges after his family reportedly paid restitution.
August 10, 2006 |
Three Egyptian students who were being sought for failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University were taken into custody more than a week after they arrived in the United States, the FBI said in Minneapolis. One student was arrested in Minnesota, and two others surrendered in New Jersey. They were among 11 Egyptian students being sought by law enforcement. The missing students pose no terrorism threat, the FBI said.