Betsy Hiel

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 ...

Egypt kills 12, including 8 Mexicans, in tour group by mistake

CAIRO — Egypt's tourism industry is alarmed about the impact of security forces killing eight Mexican tourists and four Egyptians near a popular Western Desert ...

Egypt terrorism law rattles journalists

CAIRO — A counterterrorism law will put Egyptians, particularly journalists, in its crosshairs by effectively enforcing "self-censorship," critics fear. Reporters could be imprisoned and their publications ...

Upgraded Suez Canal fans Egypt's hopes

CAIRO — Egypt hopes a major extension of the Suez Canal, opened Thursday, will boost the country's ailing economy after four years of political unrest. The ...

Postcards: Hotelier in Egyptian town of Abydos holds dear Temple of Seti I's powers

ABYDOS, Egypt — The ancient Temple of Seti I is slightly elevated above this sleepy farming town backed by mountains. This once was a sacred ...

Betsy Hiel: My meeting with Omar

One of the many delights of living in Cairo was a fortuitous meeting with international movie star Omar Sharif, who was as gracious and charming ...

Morsy death sentence ruling spurs ire; Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests

CAIRO — Followers of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for protests to be staged nationwide and abroad on Friday in response to a criminal court upholding ...

Female genital mutilation persists in Egypt

DAWDIYA, Egypt — In an unfinished mud-brick house without a ceiling, 24 women sit on worn wooden benches. A few children play at their feet ...