Devout Muslims are waiting for the first sighting of the new moon, probably Tuesday night, marking the start of the fasting month of Ramadan 2010. This year's fast will be the first in almost 30 years that corresponds with the hottest days of summer.
President Obama's popularity in the US has declined sharply this year and he's always been unpopular in Israel. But his numbers have plunged the most in countries that had high hopes for change in the Middle East.
After initial denials, Egypt said yesterday that Monday's rocket attacks on Israeli and Jordanian resort cities came from Gaza militants operating in the Sinai Peninsula.
Rocket attacks against Israeli and Jordanian resort towns on the Red Sea are believed to have come from Egypt's Sinai, raising fresh concerns about militant activity – possibly including Hamas – there.
Two Egyptian policemen went to trial today in the case of Egyptian businessman Khalid Said, whom witnesses say was beaten to death.
Hundreds of allegations have been logged into Egypt’s “torture diary,” a chronicle of claimed police brutality compiled by the Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, an independent victims advocacy group in Cairo.
Israel worked with Egyptian officials to divert the Libya aid ship bound for Gaza, using not only military deterrence but also intensive diplomacy.
More than 11,000 Egyptians have responded to a Facebook call for a Friday protest of police brutality in the death of Egyptian businessman Khalid Said. After a second autopsy, Egypt today upheld the original finding that the man had choked on a bag on drugs.
The beating death of Alexandria businessmen Khalid Said has lit up Egyptian social networking sites, with complaints that police brutality and torture is widespread within the close US ally. Egypt's emergency law gives security forces broad powers and demands little accountability.
Many human rights and democracy activists in the Middle East are disillusioned with Obama's lack of action. But Egypt's acceptance today of 21 human rights recommendations after a visit by Vice President Biden may signal a shift.
Israel partially eased its economic blockade of Gaza on Wednesday, allowing cookies, soda, and canned fruit to be legally sold there for the first time in more than a year.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke about Israel's Gaza blockade after meeting with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak today. But he did not say anything about reported election irregularities last week.
A year after Barack Obama's famous Cairo speech, failure to make headway in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a focal point for disappointment among Muslims. Sixty percent of Arabs say he's too weak to deliver a peace agreement.
A colonial era agreement gives Egypt and Sudan rights over all water in the world's longest river. But a population boom in the Nile River's basin has other Africa countries clamoring for more access.
President Hosni Mubarak won 74 of 88 seats in elections for the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, amid accusations of fraud and state intimidation. The vote sets the scene for more important upcoming elections.
Egypt partially opened its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bowing to public fury over the Gaza blockade in the wake of an Israeli raid on the so-called Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid.
Egypt today extended its 30-year emergency law until 2012, keeping it in place for a tenuous election season. It added safeguards intended to protect civil society, but human rights leaders dismissed them as meaningless.
President Mubarak gave his first public address since March in Cairo yesterday in a bid to thwart a possible merger between disgruntled workers and the political opposition amid increasing uncertainty about who will succeed the 82-year-old leader.
A court convicted 26 members of a Hezbollah spy cell guilty of plotting terror attacks in Egypt. Analysts say the Lebanese militant group crossed a political red line by using Egypt as a base to send weapons to Gaza.
The retrial of Egyptian real estate tycoon Talaat Moustafa began Monday in what many see as a test of Egyptian justice. In the first trial, Moustafa was convicted of paying $2 million to hire an assassin to kill Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim. That verdict was thrown out by a judge recently.
Former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei is advocating democratic reforms that could allow him to run in the 2011 presidential election and break Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule. But voters may not care enough to risk arrest and beatings.
Al Azhar’s edicts were once heeded from Morocco to Indonesia, but the Cairo institution has lost clout as TV imams are reaching larger audiences and Egypt’s President Mubarak has taken greater control. That's a problem for the regime as it braces for its biggest political transition in nearly 30 years.
Many Christians in Naga Hamadi are approaching Easter Sunday with trepidation just months after a striking episode of sectarian violence took place in their quiet city on the banks of the Nile.
Amid an escalating sectarian divide, a predominantly Muslim Egypt is touting the completed renovation of the world's oldest monastery as a symbol of tolerance and harmony with the Christian faith community.
Ahmed el-Tayeb, who holds a PhD in Islamic philosophy from the Sorbonne, is expected to be a better face for Egypt's Al Azhar University, which was once preeminent in the Sunni world.