Africa: Egypt
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2nd-left) attends the reopening of the Museum of Islamic Art in the capital Cairo on January 18, 2017.  By STRINGER (EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP)

Sisi Reopens Egypt's Islamic Museum Damaged In Bombing

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reopened the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo on Wednesday, three years after a car bombing partially destroyed the building. The museum, which boasts about 100,000 relics including a sword said to have belonged to the Prophet Mohamed, holds one ...
Egypt's Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the most successful African footballers of his generation, had publicly endorsed the presidential bid of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi in 2012.  By TORU YAMANAKA (AFP/File)

Egyptian football star Mohamed Aboutrika placed on 'terror' list

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - An Egyptian court has added former football star Mohamed Aboutrika to the authorities' terror list, his lawyer said Tuesday, based on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood. In 2015 a government committee froze the assets of the former player for Cairo-based club Al-Ah ...

The deal to hand over the Red Sea islands of Tiran (foreground) and Sanafir (background) to Saudi Arabia provoked accusations that Cairo had

Egypt keen to save Saudi ties after islands ruling

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Cairo will do all it can to preserve crucial ties with Saudi Arabia, experts say, after an Egyptian court ruled against government plans to transfer control of two islands to Riyadh. Strains between the two Sunni Arab allies have grown in recent months, in particular over Cairo's le ...
Ghana's Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew (R) take part in a team training session in Port-Gentil on January 15, 2017, during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.  By Justin TALLIS (AFP)

Ghana begin latest Africa Cup of Nations bid, Egypt return

Monday, January 16, 2017 Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) - Runners-up two years ago, Ghana start their latest bid to recapture the Africa Cup of Nations crown when they face Uganda in Port-Gentil in Group D on Tuesday. The Black Stars are in Gabon looking to win a fifth Cup of Nations but a first since 1982, and Israeli Avram ...
Egyptian authorities have battled high unemployment, inflation and a collapse in tourism income since 2011.  By Khaled Desouki (AFP/File)

Egypt to cut subsidies, boost revenues under reform package

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Egypt will make further cuts to energy subsidies, raise taxes and seek more international financing as it pursues economic reforms this year, Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy said on Sunday. Speaking at a Cairo press conference, Garhy said the steps are part of ongoing economic reforms ...
Food prices rose 29.3 percent in Egypt, with bread and cereal rising 54.1 percent, rice rising 77 percent, and flour rising 52.7 percent, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics said.  By Mohamed El-Shahed (AFP/File)

Egypt inflation quickens to highest level in years

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's annual inflation rate rose to 24.3 percent in December, official figures showed on Tuesday, two months after the government floated the pound sparking the biggest price hikes in years. Consumers have been hit by surging prices since November when then government floated the ...
Jihadists have mounted a string of deadly operations against security forces since the military ousted Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.  By STR (AFP/File)

Truck bomb kills 8 police in Egypt's Sinai

Monday, January 9, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - A truck bomb attack on an Egyptian security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed at least eight policemen on Monday, officials and state media said. Police officials said a suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into the checkpoint in the north Sinai city of El-Ari ...
A belly dancer performs during a wedding in the Egyptian Qalyubia governorate, northern Cairo.  By Mohamed El-Shahed (AFP/File)

Egyptians throw parties to save in 'money pools'

Sunday, January 8, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - As belly dancers sway to the music of an Egyptian band playing at a young girl's birthday party, the guests count their cash to add to the pot. Microphone in hand, master of ceremonies Hassan el-Agami announces that one of the attendees has contributed 5,000 Egyptian pounds (260 eur ...
Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt's population of more than 92 million, celebrate Christmas on January 7.  By MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (AFP)

Fearful Egyptian Copts mark Christmas after church bombing

Friday, January 6, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - It is Christmas Eve for Egypt's Copts but Marie Labib is not in a festive mood, with dark thoughts haunting her weeks after a church bombing killed 28 members of her community. Copts, who make up about one tenth of Egypt's population of more than 92 million and who celebrate Christm ...
Issa Hayatou, seen in 2010, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1987, is accused of breaching monopoly rules exclusive billion dollar television deal.  By PABALLO THEKISO (AFP/File)

Egypt watchdog refers CAF to prosecutors over TV football rights

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's competition watchdog has referred Confederation of African Football chief Issa Hayatou to prosecution accusing him of breaching monopoly rules with an exclusive billion dollar television deal. The Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) announced the measure on Wednesday, days ...
Ahmed Maher was a founder and spokesman of the April 6 protest movement that was influential in the uprising that overthrew longtime Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak.  By MAHMOUD KHALED (AFP/File)

Egypt frees 2011 revolution figure Maher

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Egypt has released political activist Ahmed Maher, a leading figure in the 2011 revolt that toppled the government, after he completed his jail term, his lawyer and a security source said Thursday. Maher, 36, was a founder and spokesman of the April 6 protest movement that was influ ...
A man reacts on December 19, 2016 at the high administrative court as a judge announces a court ruling in the case of two Red Sea islands in Cairo.  By MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (AFP/File)

Egypt-Saudi deal protesters ordered to be detained

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - Egyptian prosecutors ordered Wednesday that 12 people held during a protest against the controversial transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia be detained for four days, officials said. They were arrested during a rare demonstration in central Cairo on Monday, renewing protes ...
A picture taken on December 27, 2016, shows the courtyard of a house in the historic village of Al-Qasr in the al-Dakhilah Oasis, some 560km west of Cairo.  By Khaled Desouki (AFP/File)

With tourists scarce, Egypt struggles to maintain heritage

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Cairo (AFP) - With a shaky economy following years of unrest and a huge drop in tourists, Egypt is struggling to preserve its fabled archaeological heritage. From Alexandria on the Mediterranean to the Great Pyramid of Giza -- the last of the Seven Wonders of the World -- and Aswan to the south, ...
show more stories