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US Senator Bob Menendez found guilty in Egypt-linked corruption trial

Menendez faces sentencing in multi-layered bribery scheme involving Egyptian-American businessman and Egyptian officials Prominent US Senator Bob Menendez was convicted on Tuesday on all 16 criminal counts he was facing during his months-long corruption trial involving Egyptian officials and businessmen….

Egyptians applaud hacked billboard displaying anti-Sisi slogans Social media users reminded President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of his earlier calls for the public to learn programming after a viral clip showed a hacked billboard in Cairo Egyptian social media was abuzz on…

Egypt: Viral video shows Wafd party members ‘planning antique smuggling’

The liberal nationalist party downplayed the footage, insisting that those featured were low level members A video has gone viral on social media showing members of Egypt’s liberal nationalist Wafd party discussing the smuggling of antiquities while apparently inside their party’s headquarters….

Badr Abdelatty: Why is Egypt’s new foreign minister controversial?

Government insiders and activists say Cairo’s appointment is detrimental to human rights and signals the ‘militarisation’ of the diplomatic service Badr Abdelatty, a career diplomat, has replaced Sameh Shoukry as Egypt‘s minister of foreign affairs after Shoukry held the post for 12…

Mohamed Abdel Latif: Egypt’s new education minister has a ‘fake’ PhD

Mohamed Abdel Latif says he holds a doctorate from Cardiff City University in the US, but online fact-checkers say it’s a scam Egypt’s new education minister, Mohamed Abdel Latif, has sparked controversy after online fact checkers revealed that his PhD, advertised…

Killed, disappeared, displaced: Egypt’s Sinai devastated by Sisi’s 10 years as president

President Sisi has declared his war on terror in northeast Egypt over. Survivors say a decade of conflict has shattered lives and homeland In January last year, the 12th anniversary of Egypt‘s 25 January revolution, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared the war-torn Sinai Peninsula…

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: How is Egypt doing after a decade of his rule?

The ex-army chief became president in 2014, a year after a coup against incumbent Morsi – but the economy continues to crash and instability reigns amid a crackdown against opposition. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, president of Egypt since June 2014, had visions about…

Why Egypt’s ‘New Republic’ is increasingly vulnerable to implosion

Ten years have passed since Abdel Fattah el-Sisi assumed the presidency of the Arab world’s most populous country. Riding a wave of mass fear in Egypt’s turbulent society, and playing on the yearning for stability among the middle and upper classes,…

Hajj disaster: How more than 1,300 pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia as authorities failed to act

Omar*, an Egyptian in his 40s, considers himself a lucky survivor of Hajj. More than a thousand people, most of them Egyptians, have died of extreme heat during the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this month.  Survivors and witnesses say the fatalities were largely…

Saudi Arabia detains Egyptian cancer patient after criticising Hajj deaths

Saudi authorities have detained an Egyptian man after he posted an online video during Hajj criticising the alleged neglect that led to the deaths of hundreds of Egyptian pilgrims. According to a video posted online by his father, Islam Osama Sobhi, 27, is currently held…