Fire hits historic building in downtown Cairo

A fire has damaged a historic apartment building in downtown Cairo, injuring 14 people and sending huge plumes of smoke over the city. Fire fighters doused the nine-story building with water on Saturday as flames leapt from its upper floors. The site, … read more

Fatwa: Community can force divorce

A Muslim cleric in Egypt issued a fatwa saying community members can file for divorce on a couple’s behalf.   Sheik Gamal Qutb, former head of Egypt’s top religious institution, the Fatwa Committee at al-Azhar, said Sunday during a meeting … read more

Egypt rejects conditional U.S. assistance

Egypt’s state-owned al-Gomhuriya newspaper quoted Egyptian minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul- Naga as saying that Cairo will not accept any conditions being placed on U.S. aid. Wednesday, U.S. Senate voted to cut $200 million in economic assistance to Egypt. … read more

Three held after fire bomb bid in metro

Police have arrested three men accused of throwing a petrol bomb in a metro station in the capital last month, a police official said on Thursday.The three, aged between 17 and 20, were arrested on Wednesday, he said. The attack, in … read more

9 paintings stolen from Egyptian museum

The Egyptian Culture Ministry says nine paintings were stolen from a 19th century palace that used to be the residence of the ruler and founder of modern Egypt, Mohammed Ali Pasha. Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni says the oil paintings appear … read more

Army cadets attack police

Egyptian army cadets in plain clothes have been filmed pelting a police station with stones in a town south of the capital Cairo. Mobile phone footage was posted by Misrdigital, a blog campaigning against police brutality and corruption. One sequence … read more