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Major tourist destination Luxor transformed into ghost town by Egypt turmoil

Tourists once flocked to Luxor for its ancient treasures, but as Egypt witnesses sweeping political upheavals, the visitors have simply vanished from this famed temple city. Christmas used to be particularly busy, as tens of thousands of visitors thronged Luxor’s famous temples, but fresh unrest that followed the army’s ouster…

Egypt’s highest-profile secular activists threatened with arrest

Arrest warrants were issued for two of Egypt’s highest-profile activists on Wednesday, a day after 79 other secular campaigners were detained in Cairo in the largest crackdown on non-Islamist dissent since the fall of Mohamed Morsi. It was the first use of a draconian new protest law that was enacted…

Murder trial of Egypt’s Morsi to start November 4

The trial of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting the murder of protesters will start on November 4, the official MENA news agency reported Wednesday. Morsi will stand trial with 14 other defendants over the killings of protesters outside his presidential palace in December 2012, almost…

Clashes between Islamists and police in Egypt leaves 57 dead

The death toll from weekend clashes between Islamists and police has reached 57, a senior Egyptian health ministry official told AFP on Tuesday. Khaled al-Khatib said that 48 people died in Cairo and nine in other parts of the country. Authorities had previously given a toll of 51. Khatib said…

New Egyptian constitution to be voted on in November

A new Egyptian constitution replacing the one suspended on president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster will be put to a referendum by November’s end, a spokesman for the panel drafting the charter said Sunday. The new charter would lead to parliamentary and then presidential elections by mid-2014 according to a timetable set…

Egyptian farmer arrested for naming donkey after top general

An Egyptian farmer has been arrested for putting the name of the country’s military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and an army cap on his donkey, state media said Saturday. Omar Abu al-Magd Ali al-Saghir, 31, was arrested late on Friday in the central province of Qena for allegedly insulting…

Egypt’s interim authorities extend state of emergency

Egypt’s interim authorities on Thursday extended a state of emergency in force since mid-August by another two months because of the country’s continued insecurity. President Adly Mansour had initially announced a month-long state of emergency on August 14, at a time when deadly unrest swept Egypt as police dispersed two…

Egyptian military court jails 51 members of the Muslim Brotherhood

An Egypt military court Tuesday gave a life sentence to a Muslim Brotherhood member and sentenced 51 more to jail for attacking soldiers in Suez following Mohamed Morsi’s July ouster. The sentences come as army helicopters killed eight militants and wounded 15 in intensive air strikes in the restive Sinai…

Palestinian activist arrested for selling ‘Morsi perfume’

Palestinian security services have arrested an Islamist sympathiser in the West Bank for selling perfume named in honour of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, family members said on Thursday. Islambuli Badir, a 36-year-old member of Islamist movement Hamas, was arrested during a raid on his perfume shop in the town…

Egypt’s media line up behind state against Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s media, both public and private, have lined up behind the government in portraying its fight against the Muslim Brotherhood as a “war on terror” and vilifying foreign journalists. As police and troops chase down members of the Islamist group, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, the media have…

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