An Egyptian court sentenced at least 15 U.S. citizens in absentia to five years in jail on Tuesday and jailed an American and a German for two years in a case against private foreign groups seeking to promote democracy.
Judge Makram Awad also ordered the closure of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to the defendants, including the U.S.-based International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Freedom House.
Politicians meeting with Egypt's president on Monday proposed hostile acts against Ethiopia, including backing rebels and carrying out sabotage, to stop it from building a massive dam on the Nile River.
Dozens of Muslim residents in Sultan Hassan, Minya (Upper Egypt), rallied on Sunday in front of an Evangelical church in the village to express their rejection of its renovation.
Pastor Ashraf Kamel Michael, priest of the church, said, “The church is old and dilapidated. Its surface area is hardly 70 meters." He added that he submitted numerous requests to obtain the legal licenses to rebuild the church, but authorities were delaying them under the pretext of security reasons.
NORTH SINAI, Egypt — A week after seven Egyptian soldiers vanished into the clutches of militants who roam this nation’s restive Sinai desert, President Mohamed Morsi celebrated their release with a victorious reception at a Cairo air base, where he credited cooperation between his government and the military for the rescue.
But Bedouin tribal leaders and residents of villages in north Sinai, an area where homegrown militant groups are gaining strength, say Morsi’s government had little to do with it.
Egypt's top court ruled on Sunday that parliament's Muslim Brotherhood-led upper house was illegal but could stay on until elections, dealing the Islamists a moral blow but letting them keep their grip on lawmaking for now.
The decision resolves an area of legal uncertainty hanging over a political transition repeatedly upset by the courts.
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