'Brutal campaign', says press group as Egypt arrests journalist

Local journalist at a major newspaper arrested on ‘terror’ charges, a move sharply condemned by press advocacy groups. Egyptian officials have arrested a journalist at a major newspaper on “terrorism” charges, his lawyer said, a move a global press advocacy group called a “brutal campaign” against journalists in the country. Security officers burst into the home of Haisam Hasan Mahgoub […]

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Egypt says 18 suspected armed fighters killed in Sinai firefight

Security forces find automatic weapons, explosive belts and devices in armed men’s possession, says Cairo. Egypt’s interior ministry has said 18 suspected armed group members were killed in North Sinai in a firefight with security forces, two days after a deadly blast claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group. “National security received intelligence about terrorist elements hiding out in a […]

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Filmmaker who mocked Egyptian president 2 years ago has died in prison: lawyers

An Egyptian filmmaker detained without trial for over two years for making a music video that mocked President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi died Saturday at a maximum-security prison complex, two rights lawyers said. Attorney Ahmed el-Khwaga said his 22-year-old client Shady Habash died in Cairo’s Tora Prison complex. He said the cause of death was not immediately clear. There was no […]

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Pompeo urges Egypt to keep American prisoners safe from coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed to his Egyptian counterpart on Thursday that Americans detained in Egypt should be kept safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department said. The State Department did not give any details about the prisoners, but three Americans held in Egypt were mentioned in a letter by a bipartisan group of […]

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Egypt to ban Ramadan gatherings to counter coronavirus

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt will ban any public religious gatherings during the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan starting in around two weeks to counter the spread of the new coronavirus, a government statement said on Tuesday. Muslims usually break the fast at sunset together with their families, go to the mosque to pray and spend maximum time with relatives. Despite […]

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Egypt reports 39 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt on Thursday reported 39 new coronavirus cases and three deaths, the health ministry said in a statement, bringing the total number of infections to 495 including 24 fatalities. The new cases are all Egyptians who were in contact with other patients, with the exception of one Libyan man. The three dead are all Egyptians from Cairo, […]

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Egypt declares two-week curfew to counter coronavirus

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has declared a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two weeks from Wednesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and those who violate the measure will be penalized under emergency laws, the prime minister said. Flights, which were suspended at Egyptian airports on March 19, will remain grounded for the first two weeks of […]

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Egypt arrests activists demanding prisoners are freed amid virus

Group of intellectuals and activists held after calling for release of prisoners inside crowded, unhygienic facilities. Egypt has arrested and charged four prominent activists and authors who called for the government to release prisoners amid the coronavirus outbreak. The four women were arrested on Wednesday on the charge of spreading false news and violating the country’s protest ban after they gathered outside […]

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Egypt to shut all cafes, malls, sports clubs in evenings until March 31

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt said on Thursday it would shut all cafes, shopping malls, sports clubs and nightclubs from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. local time every night until March 31, strengthening measures introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The government said supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries and neighbourhood corner stores were exempt from the closure, which comes at a time […]

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