Egypt reopens historic library in Sinai after renovations

2017-12-17 07:23

Egypt is inaugurating an ancient library in the famed St Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabbers, Mugabe, al-Shabaab

2017-12-15 08:38

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has ordered land grabbers to vacate farms, and ex-president Robert Mugabe is set to miss the Zanu-PF's congress for the first time since 1963.

At least 66 journalists 'languishing in African jails' – media watchdog

2017-12-14 11:30

At least 262 journalists have been jailed for doing their job around the world, and 66 of these, are in Africa - as of December 1, says a media watchdog.

Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

2017-12-12 20:26

An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison

Russia signs $30bn nuclear plant deal with Egypt

2017-12-11 21:30

Egypt and Russia signed a $30bn deal to build North Africa’s first nuclear power plant as the Kremlin moves to expand its influence in the region.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

2017-12-11 18:30

Egypt and Russia have signed a final contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.

Russia's Putin lands in Egypt in sign of growing ties

2017-12-11 14:31

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Cairo for talks with his Egyptian counterpart on their two countries' rapidly expanding ties.

Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo over Jerusalem

2017-12-10 10:02

Arab foreign ministers have gathered in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for an emergency meeting designed to formulate a unified response to President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

World Bank signs $1.15bn loan with Egypt

2017-12-09 07:00

The World Bank signed a $1.15bn loan with the Egyptian government, a final tranche of funds to support economic reforms in the country, the international lender has said.

Prominent Egyptian lawyer wins human rights prize

2017-12-07 18:00

A prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer has won a European prize for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women's rights


Flights between Russia and Egypt to resume in February: Moscow

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in February, the Russian transport ministry has announced, after they were suspended in 2015 following an airliner bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism

2017-12-14 17:00

Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Watchdog: Egypt remains among worst jailers of journalists

2017-12-13 20:30

The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world's "worst" jailers of journalists, including Egypt, to improve press freedom conditions.

Top Africa Stories: Mugabe, Putin, Kenya

2017-12-12 08:33

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been leasing out some of his family’s farm land to white businessmen, a report says, and Kenya's main opposition has postponed a mock ceremony to inaugurate its leader as president.

A look at Egypt-Russia relations as Putin visits Cairo

2017-12-11 20:00

Relations between Russia and Egypt have rapidly grown over the past three years, with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi forging a multi-faceted relationship that features economic, military and political cooperation.

Egypt detains 8 anti-Trump protesters after Cairo rally

2017-12-11 15:35

A top Egyptian rights lawyer says at least eight protesters have been detained and accused of "association with a terrorist organisation" after joining a small protest in Cairo over the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

2017-12-10 14:12

In Egypt's eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past.

Egypt's Coptic Pope rejects Pence meeting over Jerusalem: statement

2017-12-09 16:00

Egypt's Coptic Church head Pope Tawadros II has cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the church says.

Grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar cancels meeting with US VP

2017-12-08 21:30

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence after President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Al-Azhar has said.

Egypt's Sisi warns Trump over Jerusalem embassy move

2017-12-06 11:52

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, one of Donald Trump's closest allies in the Middle East, has urged the US president to be cautious, his office says, after reports Washington is planning to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

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