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Egypt’s Most Popular Comedian Guilty of Insulting Islam

Egypt’s Most Popular Comedian Guilty of Insulting Islam

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — The verdict of a popular Egyptian comedian convicted of offending Islam has been upheld by a Cairo court, raising fears among Egyptian liberals and secularists about the Islamic tide rising since the downfall of former Presid…

Egypt Ex-Spy Chief Barred from Running for President

Egypt Ex-Spy Chief Barred from Running for President

Tara Todras-Whitehill-Pool/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Egypt’s electoral commission ruled Tuesday that the man who experts say oversaw torture for the Mubarak regime is ineligible to run for president. Former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman had appealed a …

Egypt Ex-Spy Chief Barred from Running for President

Egypt Ex-Spy Chief Barred from Running for President

Tara Todras-Whitehill-Pool/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Egypt’s electoral commission ruled Tuesday that the man who experts say oversaw torture for the Mubarak regime is ineligible to run for president. Former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman had appealed a …

Egypt Ex-Spy Chief Fights to Run for President

Egypt Ex-Spy Chief Fights to Run for President

Tara Todras-Whitehill-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Egyptian spy chief Omar Suleiman, who experts say oversaw torture for the Hosni Mubarak regime, has appealed a government ruling barring him from running for president in the country’s…

Egyptian Presidential Candidate Oversaw Torture, According to Intelligence

Egyptian Presidential Candidate Oversaw Torture, According to Intelligence

Tara Todras-Whitehill-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the men campaigning to lead Egypt into its post-Mubarak future used to oversee torture for the Mubarak regime, according to Western intelligence experts, and even aided the CIA in its controve…

Accusation Imperils Egyptian’s Presidential Hopes

Accusation Imperils Egyptian’s Presidential Hopes

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — An ultra-conservative Islamist running for president in Egypt is facing accusations that his mother was an American citizen, a charge that if true, could see him disqualified from the race.Hazem Salah Abu …

Secretary Clinton to Allow Egypt Military Aid

Secretary Clinton to Allow Egypt Military Aid

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will formally notify Congress that she plans to allow $1.3 billion of aid to go to the Egyptian military, according to a Senior State Department official. Eg…

Omar Sharif Jr. Comes Out as Gay, Half-Jewish: "Am I Welcome in Egypt?"

Omar Sharif Jr. Comes Out as Gay, Half-Jewish: "Am I Welcome in Egypt?"

Jason Merritt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The grandson of two-time Golden Globe winning actor Omar Sharif “hesitantly confessed” in an article published Sunday that he is gay and half Jewish, and worried about being welcome in Egypt.Omar Sha…

Egyptian Military Doctor Cleared for Forcing Female Protesters to Undergo "Virginity Tests"

Egyptian Military Doctor Cleared for Forcing Female Protesters to Undergo "Virginity Tests"

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — A military doctor accused of forcing women protesters to undergo “virginity tests” has been acquitted , The Guardian reports.Ahmed Adel was charged with public indecency and disobeying military orders for reportedly coercing …

Islamist Egyptian Politician Expelled for Nose Job

Islamist Egyptian Politician Expelled for Nose Job

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — A newly minted ultra-conservative Islamist member of parliament has been kicked out of his party and has resigned his seat in parliament following news about his nose job, which he claimed was needed to repair damag…

Pro-Democracy NGO Workers Leave Egypt

Pro-Democracy NGO Workers Leave Egypt

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Foreign pro-democracy non-governmental organization workers, who were being held in Egypt, have departed the country, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland confirmed Thursday.The news of their departur…

US Official: Egypt Lifts Travel Ban on US NGO Workers

US Official: Egypt Lifts Travel Ban on US NGO Workers

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The worst crisis in U.S.-Egyptian relations appears to have been resolved as Egypt has lifted the travel ban it imposed on 16 American pro-democracy workers accused of violating Egyptian laws.A U.S. official …

Egypt Begins Prosecution of Americans on Illegal Fundraising Charges

Egypt Begins Prosecution of Americans on Illegal Fundraising Charges

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the US National Democratic Institute. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Before a trial that alleges as many as 19 Americans guilty of receiving illegal funding from foreign governments goes too muc…

American Tourists Kidnapped in Egypt

American Tourists Kidnapped in Egypt

iStockPhoto/ThinkstockUPDATE: Two elderly American women kidnapped in Egypt were released Friday, hours after they were seized by Bedouin gunmen, Egyptian government TV reported. (CAIRO) — Two American tourists were kidnapped by gunmen Friday in Egypt…

Egypt Begins Mourning Those Killed, Injured in Soccer Clashes

Egypt Begins Mourning Those Killed, Injured in Soccer Clashes

AFP/Getty Images(PORT SAID, Egypt) — Three days of national mourning were declared in Egypt Thursday after 74 people were killed and 1,000 others were injured in violent clashes that erupted at the end of a soccer match the day before.In what has been…

Egyptian Soccer Riots Leave Dozens Dead

Egyptian Soccer Riots Leave Dozens Dead

AFP/Getty Images(PORT SAID, Egypt) — Violence after a soccer match in the northern Egyptian town of Port Said has left dozens of people dead, perhaps as many as 73, and around 1,000 people injured — a sign the death toll could still climb.Fans of the…

Americans Barred from Leaving Egypt Seek Protection at Embassy

Americans Barred from Leaving Egypt Seek Protection at Embassy

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO, Egypt) — Americans barred from leaving Egypt due to their involvement in pro-democracy work have taken shelter at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, it was reported Monday.A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that individuals are…

Americans Blocked in Egypt Worry About Their Fate

Americans Blocked in Egypt Worry About Their Fate

ABC News(TEL AVIV, Israel) — The heads of two American pro-democracy groups in Egypt whose staff members have been barred from leaving the country say they’re worried about an investigation into their activities that could lead to trial and poss…

Egypt Preventing US Human Rights Workers from Leaving Country

Egypt Preventing US Human Rights Workers from Leaving Country

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of a U.S. NGO in Cairo on Dec. 29, 2011. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Four weeks after their offices where raided by Egyptian soldiers, 10 or more American and European human rights workers have …

Egyptians Gather to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Uprising

Egyptians Gather to Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Uprising

A man in Tahrir Square celebrates as it’s announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was giving up power. Chris Hondros/Getty Images(CAIRO) — Thousands of Egyptians are once again marching and gathering across Egypt on Wednesday to mark the one-…

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