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

By Betsy Hiel
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

By Betsy Hiel
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 ...

Alert cabbies, quick-acting police thwart suicide attack in Egypt tourist center

By Betsy Hiel
LUXOR, Egypt — In the bazaar outside the pharaonic complex of Karnak, Egyptians still marvel over how alert cabbies and quick-acting police averted a potential ...

Suicide bomber, militants strike popular Egyptian tourist destination

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Tourism workers at Egypt’s famed pharaonic complex in Luxor fear the attack there Wednesday will scare off foreign visitors and their dollars. A suicide ...

Islamists vow to avenge former Egypt president Morsy’s death sentence

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Muslim Brotherhood officials vowed Saturday that Egypt’s leaders would pay a “heavy price” for a criminal court sentencing ousted President Mohamed Morsy to ...

American Civil War vets found success, blame during unique service in Egypt

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Palm fronds and gnarled eucalyptus branches obscure an obelisk-topped monument in an old Anglican cemetery here. Potted plants, a broken clock, a small wooden ...

Socotra islanders prize peace in sea away from Yemen’s civil war

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Dolphins leap from azure water along windswept miles of unspoiled beaches. On a mountainous plateau, dragon blood trees stretch skyward up to 30 feet. ...

Arab League gets serious on terrorism

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — The continuing disintegration of Middle Eastern nations preoccupied Arab kings, emirs and presidents meeting this weekend in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El ...

Long conflict predicted as Arab states mull joint force

By Tribune-Review
CAIRO – While Arab leaders here debate the formation of a joint military force, some analysts are mindful of its riskiness. As evidence, they point to the Saudi-led coalition attacking Iranian-backed rebels who overthrew Yemen’s government. Past wars in Yemen — ...

Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Saudi Arabia-led attacks on Iran-backed Yemeni rebels will escalate a long-running war between competing regional spheres of influence, experts say. But it could ...

Pentathlete adds points to Olympics bid by finishing second in World Cup

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — In the early 1900s, an ancient Greek sport was recast to mimic the experience of a 19th-century cavalryman behind enemy lines. And so the ...

Egyptian Christians pretend to be Muslim to survive ISIS attack in Libya

By Betsy Hiel
ZAWIYA, Egypt — Hani Mahrouf awakened at 2:30 in the morning when fists pounded on the door of his housing  compound in Sirte, Libya. It ...

Egypt’s fighter jets attack ISIS in Libya

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Egyptian fighter jets hit ISIS targets in Libya, but analysts say that will not reverse an “extremely worrying trend” across the region. Warplanes struck ...

Quick demise of ISIS terrorist group unlikely, experts say

By Betsy Hiel
The latest savagery by the Islamist army known as ISIS — burning to death captured Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kaseasbeh — prompts new concerns about ...

Egypt’s churches charred to shells

By Betsy Hiel
DELGA, Egypt – Two downed electrical towers, two armored personnel carriers, and stacks of old tires form an improvised gate to this impoverished Upper Egypt ...

Egypt’s beleaguered tourism industry bounces back

By Betsy Hiel
GIZA, Egypt — In front of the Giza Plateau’s Great Pyramids and Sphinx, tourists ride colorfully decorated camels or horses led by Egyptian boys. Tour buses ...

Jihadi threat mounts in Egypt

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Just days before Halloween, the U.S. Embassy emailed a security alert to Americans in Egypt. An Islamist website had called for attacks on U.S. ...

Syrian border town emerges as pivot point in Islamic State fight

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — An obscure spot on Syria’s border with Turkey has become a place where American interests or Islamist ambitions could die. Kobani, a city of ...

ISIS jihadis lure Arab youths to fight against Western forces

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — In the heady weeks following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Ahmed Abdullah became more politically engaged. Abdullah, 23, joined the Islamist-based Labor Party. Like many activists, ...

Autonomy a matter of time, Kurds say

By Betsy Hiel
IRBIL, Iraq — Narrow alleys snake around Qaysari Bazaar in the shadow of an ancient citadel. People shop here for everything, from traditional Kurdish clothing ...

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