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August 6, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Egypt Calls Deadly Cairo Car Blast ‘Terrorist Incident’

Egypt’s government has said a car packed with explosives was the cause of an explosion near a medical center in the capital that killed at least 20 people and wounded 47 others. Egypt accuses Hasm, which emerged in 2016 and has claimed several attacks, of being a wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The movement denies this and says it seeks change through peaceful means only.

June 18, 2019 | Via BBC

Egypt’s Ousted President Mohammed Morsi Dies During Trial

Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013 after one year in office, has collapsed in a courtroom and died, officials say. A top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi had just spoken from a cage at a hearing on charges of espionage. Morsi, who was 67, had been in custody since his removal after mass protests. The Muslim Brotherhood said the death was a “full-fledged murder”.

May 20, 2019 | Via AP News

Bomb Hits Tourist Bus Near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, Wounds 17

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists. The attack comes as Egypt’s vital tourism industry is showing signs of recovery after years in the doldrums because of the political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.

February 27, 2019 | Via CNN

Cairo Railway Station Fire Kills 20 After Train’s Fuel Tank Explodes

Twenty people were killed and 40 others injured in a fire at Egypt’s busiest railway station Wednesday morning, the country’s health ministry said according to state TV. Cairo’s central Ramses station was set ablaze after a train collided with the platform and its fuel tank exploded, state-run news site Al-Ahram reported, citing security sources.

March 29, 2018 | Via The Guardian

Egypt’s Presidential Elections End with Low Participation

The three-day presidential election in Egypt ended with President Abdel Fattuh el-Sisi expected to win, raising questions about the legitimacy of the vote. Following an election campaign where five of Sisi’s opponents were prevented from being on the ballot, few voters showed up. The lack of participation and protest portray the authoritarian control in Egypt.

January 24, 2018 | Via The Guardian

Presidential Challenger Detained by Egyptian Military

After retired general, Sami Anan, announced his presidential candidacy to challenge President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Saturday, the Egyptian military detained him for questioning, removing the only substantial threat for Abdel’s reelection. In a rare statement, the military claimed they were taking ‘necessary legal action’ against Anan, accusing him of ‘violations and crimes’ and ‘incitement against the armed forces.’

February 13, 2018 | Via ABC News

Tillerson Encourages Free and Transparent Egyptian Elections

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, met Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, Monday, giving US endorsement for free and transparent elections ‘not just for Egypt but for any country.’ Sissi is running for reelection next month, in a battle critics believe is corrupt. Tillerson expressed that the US will remain ‘steadfast’ in its support for Egypt.

May 31, 2017 | Via washington post

Egypt’s Strict Regulations on Aid Groups

On Monday, president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt enacted a law that imposes strict new regulations on aid groups, stoking fears that his government intends to accelerate its harsh crackdown on human rights activists before a presidential election scheduled for next year. The law was approved in November but Sisi was hesitant to sign it as the USA said that if the law were signed they would restrict American aid to the region, but recently Mr. Sisi has appeared emboldened by a burgeoning friendship with President Trump, who has hailed the Egyptian strongman as a “fantastic guy” and indicated that he did not intend to allow human rights issues to sour their relationship.

May 30, 2017 | Via NY Times

Attack on Christians in Egypt

Gunmen in Egypt shot down and killed 28 Coptic Christian pilgrims on Friday when they were on their way to a monastery, 120 miles south of Cairo. The gunmen told everyone to surrender their phones and told the men to recite the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith. When the men refused, they opened fire, many dying to a single shot in the head. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi delivered a speech from the presidential palace warning that the attack on Christians “will not go unanswered,” nobody has owned up to the attack but it is suspected to be the work of the Islamic State.

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