Egypt to hold senate elections on Aug 11-12

Egypt will hold inaugural elections for a new second parliamentary chamber on Aug. 11-12, election commissioner Lasheen Ibrahim said on Saturday.Amendments made to Egypt's constitution last year provided for the creation of the Council of Senators, a 180-member secondary chamber that will be two-thi

Worshippers at mosques 'ecstatic' as Egypt allows public prayers

The suburban Cairo mosque was full soon after the call for the noon prayers rang out on Saturday, forcing some worshippers to pray on the plaza or the lawn outside. But that was not because their numbers were more than the opulent mosque could ordinarily hold; social distancing meant that each one r

Egypt to resume international flights next month

Egypt plans to resume flights next month with countries that have opened their airports.Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar said Sunday that all airports wold reopen on July 1. The decision is “an important step for the aviation sector to be accompanied with the sanitization operations

Egypt to allow foreigners to return to some resorts from July

Egypt will allow scheduled international flights and foreign tourists to resorts that have been least affected by the coronavirus starting from July 1, the cabinet said.Egypt suspended regular international flights in March and shut down restaurants, hotels and cafes.Airports remain closed to all bu

Coronavirus cases up in Egypt, but some worry about cost of wearing mask

Most Egyptians appear to be following a new law that says they must wear face masks in public, the latest move by the authorities to slow the spread of the coronavirus as reported cases rise. The law, which came into effect on Saturday, adds to measures including closing airports to international t

No political prisoners freed as Egypt pardons thousands on Eid

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pardoned more than 3,000 prisoners, in a move coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. No activists, journalists or political prisoners, however, were among the 3,157 people granted clemency late on S

Egypt tightens measures during Eid al-Fitr holidays

Egypt on Sunday announced a lengthening of its night-time curfew and other measures to prevent large gatherings during Eid al-Fitr holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “All shops, malls, restaurants, entertainment facilities, beaches and public parks will be closed fo

Egypt’s president expands powers, citing virus outbreak

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has approved amendments to the country’s state of emergency that grant him and security agencies additional powers, which the government says are needed to combat the coronavirus outbreak. An international rights group condemned the amendments, sa

Bomb attack kills Egyptian soldiers in Sinai

Ten Egyptian army members were killed or wounded on Thursday when a bomb exploded in an armored vehicle south of Bir al-Abd city in the Northern Sinai region, a military spokesman said in a statement. He did not specify how many had been killed in the attack, which not immediately claimed by any gr

Egypt extends nationwide night-time curfew by 15 days

Egypt will extend a nationwide night-time curfew by 15 days until April 23 to counter the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Wednesday. Airports will also stay closed until the end of the month, he said in a televised news conference, adding that the curfew would now

15 medics at Egypt's main cancer center test positive

At least 15 medics in Egypt’s main cancer hospital have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Saturday, raising fears the pandemic could prey on health facilities in the Arab world's most populous country. Egypt has reported around 1,000 confirmed cases a

Death toll in Egypt’s storm rises to 20, says PM Madbouly

 Nearly 20 people have been killed in some of the worst storms to hit Egypt in decades, the country's prime minister said in a statement on Friday. The North African country has been battered by heavy rain and strong winds that began in the earlier hours of Thursday and continued on Friday. &

13 new coronavirus cases, 1 death reported in Egypt

Egypt reported on Thursday 13 new coronavirus cases, which included one person who died, the health ministry said. A 60-year old woman had died in a hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

Egypt Reports Death of German National, its 1st from Coronavirus

A 60-year-old German tourist has died in Egypt, becoming its first fatality from the new coronavirus, the health ministry in Cairo announced on Sunday. The man was taken to hospital with fever after arriving in Hurghada from Luxor on March 6, and was placed in intensive care but refused to be trans

Egypt says will use ‘all means’ to defend Nile interests

Egypt on Saturday said it would use “all available means” to defend “the interests” of its people after Ethiopia skipped the latest round of US-brokered talks on a disputed Nile dam project with Egypt and Sudan. A final deal on the massive Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was

Egypt holds military funeral for former leader Hosni Mubarak

Egypt held a military funeral on Wednesday for its former president Hosni Mubarak, bestowing the state’s final rehabilitation on the man who ruled for 30 years until he was ousted in a 2011 popular uprising. Horses drew Mubarak’s coffin draped in the Egyptian flag at a mosque complex as

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died

Lauren Holtmeier Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, former Egyptian president and military leader has died at the age of 91. He was admitted to the intensive care unit on Saturday, his son Alaa Mubarak said on Twitter. On Monday, Alaa said his father had underwent surgery and he was in stable conditi

Egypt clears ex-leader Mubarak’s sons and six others over stock exchange case

An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted two sons of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and six others in a case known in the Egyptian media as stock exchange manipulation. A judicial official told AFP that the Cairo criminal court decided to acquit Alaa and Gamal Mubarak and the other defendan

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