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Egypt receives U.S. Apache attack copters that had been blocked since July 2013

AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

Special to CAIRO — After a suspension of more than a year, Egypt has received advanced attack helicopters from the United States. Egyptian and U.S. sources said the Egyptian Air Force acquired 10 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the […]

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In survey of 59 nations’ private sectors, Egypt’s ranked as most corrupt


Special to LONDON — Egypt’s private sector has been ranked one of the most corrupt in the world. The Western audit company Ernst and Young said Egypt was ranked the most corrupt in a survey of 59 countries. Egypt’s […]

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Egypt signs first fracking shale gas deal with U.S. firm


Special to CAIRO — Egypt has signed a natural gas exploration contract with Western companies. The Petroleum Ministry has signed a contract with the U.S. firm Apache Corp. and Europe’s Shell Egypt for the drilling of three wells in […]

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Crash of United Arab Emirates plane in Egypt not tied to joint strikes in Libya

Militants in truck mounted with anti-aircraft guns at Tripoli airport in August.   Hamza Turkia / Xinhua Press / Corbis

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has confirmed the crash of a military aircraft in Egypt. The UAE military said an unidentified aircraft crashed in Egypt and four crew members were killed. In a statement on […]

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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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Darfour attacks continue as Sudan’s Bashir defeats arrest order Security Council failed to enforce

Sudan's President Omar Bashir. / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — The International Criminal Court, lacking cooperation by the United Nations, has shelved plans to prosecute Sudanese President Omar Bashir. ICC said the Security Council failed to pressure African and Middle East states to arrest Bashir, […]

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Egyptian Army presses attack on Ansar strongholds in Sheik Zweid

Egyptian military helicopters in the eastern Sinai Peninsula.  / AFP

Special to CAIRO — The Egyptian Army has launched ground operations in the heart of the Islamic insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. Security sources said the army has sent commando units to attack suspected strongholds of Ansar Beit Maqdis […]

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Western embassies close in Egypt amid ISIL terror threats

British embassy in Cairo.

Special to CAIRO — Western embassies, amid threat of an Al Qaida-aligned attack, have been suspending operations in Egypt. At least two Western embassies have closed while others were restricting operations in Cairo. In a 24-hour period, Britain and […]

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Ansar threatens Sinai residents cooperating with Egyptian Army, admits to heavy losses

Overview of the rubble of buildings destroyed by the Egyptian military on Nov. 4 in the border town of Rafah. / Mohamed El-Sherbeny / AFP / Getty Images

Special to CAIRO — Egypt’s largest insurgency group has acknowledged heavy losses in the Sinai Peninsula. Ansar Beit Maqdis, which now calls itself Islamic State of Egypt, has reported heavy losses in battles with the Egyptian Army. Ansar said […]

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ISIL seizes Egypt navy boat in ‘most daring terrorist attack in decades’

Special to TEL AVIV — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have seized an Egyptian Navy missile boat near the Suez Canal. Israeli sources said ISIL boarded and commandeered an Egyptian Navy surface vessel during a […]

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