Betsy Hiel

Protests, arrests mar Egyptian holiday

CAIRO — Black-clad security forces swarmed capital streets and broke up protests as Egyptians marked a national holiday Monday. Police arrested scores of demonstrators, but the ...

Egyptians protest island transfers to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO —Thousands of Egyptians condemned the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia during rare street demonstrations Friday. Anger has mounted since President Abdel ...

Egyptian man arrested after hijacking plane, diverting it to Cyprus

CAIRO — An Egyptian described as "psychologically unstable" and who claimed to be wearing an explosive belt was arrested Tuesday in the hijacking of an ...

Scan of King Tut's tomb shows organic, metal objects in 2 hidden rooms

CAIRO — Two hidden chambers behind King Tut's tomb — undisturbed for more than three millennia — appear to hold organic and metal objects, Egypt's ...

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams offers encouragement in visit to Egypt 

CAIRO — Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams stood at Cairo American College, a school for pre-K through 12th-graders, and talked with a teacher wearing a ...

Steelers RB Williams to share skills in Egypt football camp

CAIRO — Steelers Nation could have a few more fans in the Land of the Pharaohs next season. Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is among nine ...

Egyptian temple tourists see the light in solar event 

ABU SIMBEL, Egypt — The massive wooden doors creaked as my travel-fixer, Hassan El Naggar, opened them onto the darkened, empty temple of Pharaoh Ramses ...

Egyptian activists demand answers about slain Italian student

CAIRO — The brutal killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni, 28, has chilled the large expatriate community in Egypt and sparked questions here and abroad ...

Egypt open to jihadist violence, experts warn

CAIRO — Terrorist attacks continue across Egypt, despite the growing power of the country's security services. Three Egyptian soldiers were killed and 12 were wounded last ...

For Egyptians, uprising's success a matter of perspective 5 years on

CAIRO — Egyptians are weighing the success or failure of their revolution — one that toppled a dictator, replaced him with an Islamist, then turned ...

Middle East's 'cold war' inflames region

Hostility between the Middle East's two regional powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, threatens to inflame the smoldering region and scorch international relations. Worse yet, the threat ...

Egypt's broad blasphemy law gives rise to abuse

MAHALLAH, Egypt — Like millions of people around the world each day, Michael Mou­nier Bishai shared an Internet video last spring. He never could have imagined ...

Egypt's Christians, Muslims embrace nation's 2,000-year link to Christmas

CAIRO — Faux Christmas trees line the sidewalk outside Jumbo Gifts and Toys on busy 26th of July Street in the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek. ...

Egypt hopes election brings political, economic stability

CAIRO — Egyptians voted in Cairo and 12 other provinces Sunday, the second phase of parliamentary elections that many here hope will resolve chronic unemployment, ...

Thermal scans could resolve age-old enigmas of Egypt's pyramids

CAIRO — Egypt's pyramids "have a lot of secrets," according to the country's antiquities minister, Mamdouh al-Damaty, and on a recent afternoon, he offered to ...

ISIS bomb on plane would alter outlook for Mideast, West, analysts say

CAIRO — If an ISIS bomb brought down a Russian jetliner, it will "change everything" in the Middle East as well as the West, intelligence ...

Sound on Russian jetliner's cockpit recording to be analyzed

CAIRO — The head of Egypt's investigation of the Russian MetroJet crash said his team is examining "all possible scenarios." Aymen al-Muqaddam said Saturday that the ...

Egypt elections promoted as transition from Morsy

KOM HAMADA, Egypt — For the first time, this Nile Delta village is holding a political rally. Glittering lights and campaign posters line the site; carpets ...

Egyptian women's intricate needlework at risk of disappearing

GAZERIT SHANDAWEEL, Egypt — Veiled women gather on couches in a small room with chipped sky-blue walls. Using tiny homemade copper needles, they sew thin ...

Theory boosts hopes of finding ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti

CAIRO — Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves hopes to find the burial room of a "super-queen" when he opens two secret chambers sealed for centuries in one ...