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Egypt’s gay community fears government crackdown

Egypt’s gay community fears it is the latest target of the country’s authoritarian government, after a series of recent raids on gay people. Activists interviewed by the Guardian said they had collectively documented up to nine raids across the country since October 2013 – an unusually high rate of arrests.…

Controversial anti-democratic lawyer announces run for Egyptian presidency

Controversial lawyer enters Egypt presidential race (via AFP) A controversial lawyer and critic of activists who spearheaded Egypt’s 2011 uprising announced Sunday he will run for president, in an election expected to be won by the ex-army chief. Mortada Mansour, who was elected last week as head of Cairo’s Zamalek……

Egyptian court orders 529 Morsi supporters put to death

A court ordered the execution of 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after only two hearings on Monday, in the largest such sentencing in Egypt’s modern history. The unprecedented verdict, amid an extensive crackdown on Morsi supporters, is likely to be overturned on appeal, legal experts said. The…

Egyptian court bans Palestinian Hamas group and has assets seized

A Cairo court banned Tuesday the Palestinian Hamas movement from operating in Egypt, tightening the noose around the militant rulers of the blockaded Gaza Strip amid a crackdown on Islamists. The emergency court’s decision to also seize Hamas’s assets, ahead of a final ruling, was in response to a private…

Egypt deports CodePink anti-war activist Medea Benjamin after police break her arm

Egypt on Tuesday deported an American anti-war activist who was trying to travel to the Gaza Strip, airport officials and the activist herself said. Medea Benjamin, who co-founded the CodePink anti-war group, was detained on arrival in Cairo airport on Monday. She had planned to join a delegation of activists…

Egypt to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial for ‘airing false news’

Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday referred to trial 20 journalists working with Al-Jazeera television network, including four foreigners accused of "airing false news." The 16 Egyptians have been charged with belonging to a "terrorist organisation ...……

Ancient tomb of unknown Egyptian pharaoh ‘Senebkay’ found in Abydos

US archaeologists have uncovered the tomb in southern Egypt of a previously unknown pharaoh who ruled 3,700 years ago, antiquities officials said on Wednesday. The discovery by a team from the University of Pennsylvania provides new evidence that at least part of Egypt may have escaped the rule of the…

Ancient quartzite sarcophagus in Egypt belonged to pharaoh Sobekhotep I

A US team in Egypt has identified the tomb of pharaoh Sobekhotep I, believed to be the founder of the 13th dynasty 3,800 years ago, the antiquities minister said Monday. The team from the University of Pennsylvania had discovered the quartzite sarcophagus of Sobekhotep I, which weighed about 60 tonnes,…

U.S. to suspend most of its military aid to Egypt: officials

The United States is poised to suspend much of its military aid to Egypt due to Cairo’s sweeping crackdown against supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, US officials said Wednesday. The decision would hold up the delivery of major weapons, including Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets and M1A1 Abrams tanks,…

Cairo aflame as at least 44 dead in pro-Morsi clashes with police

At least 44 people were killed in clashes in Egypt on Sunday, the health ministry said, after supporters and opponents of the country’s deposed president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets for rival protests. Forty people were killed in Cairo and four south of the capital, as another 246 people…

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