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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…

U.S. safeguards $584 million aid package for Egypt

The United States is depositing $584 million in remaining 2013 military aid for Egypt into a federal bank account as the US administration reviews whether to release the funds, an official said Tuesday. The final tranche of some $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt has not yet been…

Oxford researchers determine timeline for rise of Egypt’s early dynasties

Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state. Experts have wrangled for decades as to when turbulent upper and lower Egypt were brought together under a stable, single ruler for the…

Egypt’s political chaos decimates historical treasures

Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt’s tiny Mallawi museum. The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted the building, during a nationwide crackdown on Islamist protesters. Before, hundreds of antiquities, statuettes, gold…

Egypt expels three Al-Jazeera journalists for biased reporting

Egypt on Sunday expelled three foreign journalists working as freelancers for Al-Jazeera television’s English channel, the state news agency MENA reported. Airport security officials, quoted by MENA, said the three men left on a flight to London. Correspondent Wayne Haye, a New Zealander, South African cameraman Adil Bradlow and Irish…

Saudi Arabia ready to replace Western aid to Egypt

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Arab and Islamic countries will step in to help Egypt if Western nations cut aid packages to Cairo over its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters. “To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say…

Travel firms cancel trips to Egypt in light of violence

Violence sweeping Egypt has hit its tourism – a vital part of the economy – as governments warn holidaymakers to stay away, prompting some foreign travel agents to stop all trips there. The latest unrest looks likely to kill off a tentative recovery of a sector that accounted for more…

Obama cancels military training exercises with Egypt over violence

CHILMARK, Massachusetts (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama spoke out on Thursday against the violence in Egypt, condemning a military crackdown there and saying the United States had canceled joint military exercises scheduled for next month. “The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim…

Egypt closes Gaza border crossing indefinitely

Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip “indefinitely” for security reasons after a day of deadly violence nationwide,” a security official told AFP on Thursday. Hundreds of Palestinian travellers were left stranded on both sides of the crossing, the only gateway into the Hamas-ruled Palestinian…

Egypt’s ElBaradei: liberal with ‘troubled conscience’

Mohamed ElBaradei, who resigned from his post as vice president in Egypt’s military-backed interim government in protest at Wednesday’s bloodshed, is a respected former UN nuclear watchdog chief. The ex-diplomat, UN executive and Nobel laureate turned liberal political leader stepped down after scores were killed in a crackdown by security…

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