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31 May 2018 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:44 GMT

  • U.N., aid agencies warn of aid, services cuts without more money

  • Warn cuts could impact social stability in host countries

  • Less than one third of 2018s funds received so far

  • Host countries struggle with own economic, development problems

01 Feb 2018 description

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.

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25 Feb 2017 description

Hundreds of Christian families and students have fled to Ismailia, province after after the killings of seven Christians.

CAIRO, Feb 25 (Reuters) - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday ordered the government to take all necessary measures to help resettle Christians who have fled Egypt's Northern Sinai after Islamic State killed several members of the community.

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24 Feb 2017 description

Seven Christians have been killed in Arish between Jan. 30 and Thursday

  • Christians fleeing North Sinai after killings and threats

  • Islamic State kills seven Christians in three weeks

  • Egypt battles an Islamic State insurgency in Sinai

  • Militant group now targeting Christians

  • Residents say security forces unable to protect them

By Ahmed Aboulenein

14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:27 GMT

Migrants have tried to cross to Italy from the African coast, particularly from Libya, where people traffickers operate with relative impunity

CAIRO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian border patrol and coast guard forces stopped more than 12,000 people of various nationalities from illegally entering or leaving the country in 2016, the military said on Wednesday.

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11 Dec 2016 description

By Ahmed Mohammed Hassan and Ali Abdelaty

CAIRO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt's Christian minority in years.

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06 Dec 2016 description

By Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail

CAIRO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - In Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been the target of bitter criticism and even violent protest this year.

Protests at the agency's Cairo headquarters - including one man setting himself on fire - have been led by Oromos, the single biggest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

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06 Dec 2016 description

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Dec 6 (Reuters) - At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, a large blue fishing boat carrying hundreds of African migrants and their children capsized just off the coast of Egypt.

Some drowned quickly. Others thrashed in the water, yelling for help in Arabic, Somali or Afan Oromo. The few with lifejackets blew whistles that pierced through the shrieks.

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12 Oct 2016 description

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for migrants trying to reach Europe, UNHCR figures show

By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Migrants arriving by sea to Italy are now the main problem faced by the European Union in its efforts to stem mass immigration to the bloc, the head of the EU border agency said on Wednesday.

Italy has now overtaken Greece as the main point of entry for migrants trying to reach Europe, figures from the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) show.

05 Jun 2016 description

Greek authorities said 340 people were rescued and nine bodies were recovered about 75 nautical miles off southern Crete

ATHENS, June 4 (Reuters) - Migrants who survived a shipwreck on Friday off the island of Crete in the southern Mediterranean have told authorities their boat set sail from Egypt and carried about 350 people, the Greek coastguard said on Saturday.

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24 Sep 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:14 GMT

Author: Reuters

CAIRO, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners including three Al Jazeera television journalists, on Wednesday, a day before he plans to head to the annual United Nations summit of world leaders.

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18 Jul 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:45 GMT
Author: Reuters

ROME, July 18 (Reuters) - Italy arrested three Egyptian men who are suspected to have piloted a boat carrying more than 300 migrants to Italy from Egypt, including a 10-year-old Syrian girl whose father said she died during the sea crossing, according to Italian media.

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14 Jun 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:20 GMT
Author: Reuters

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, June 13 (Reuters) - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Gaza's dominant Islamist Hamas movement.

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05 Apr 2015 description
  • Militants attack Cairo bridge, Alexandria church

  • Soldier found executed in Sinai, unclear when

  • Most bombs in Sinai, but increasingly common in Cairo

  • Ajnad Misr focus attacks on Cairo security forces (Adds Alexandria attack, interior ministry statement, soldier found executed)

By Ahmed Tolba and Yousri Mohamed

22 Mar 2015 description

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - Italy wants Egypt and Tunisia to play a role in rescuing stricken migrant vessels in the Mediterranean, a government planning paper showed, so that survivors could be taken back to African instead of European ports.

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03 Feb 2015 description
  • Bomb outside hospital kills one, wounds three

  • Two unexploded bombs found at Cairo airport (Adds Alexandria bomb)

By Omar Fahmy

CAIRO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A man was killed in a bomb blast in Egypt's second city of Alexandria on Tuesday, hours after two devices were discovered at Cairo airport and another went off in the centre of the capital without casualties, security sources said.

27 Nov 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:58 GMT

  • Egypt opens crossing with Gaza after a month-long closure

  • Palestinians urge Egypt to open the crossing permanently (Adds quotes from traveller, previous dateline ISMAILIA)

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip, border officials said.

22 Sep 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:34 GMT

Author: Reuters

  • One officer was key witness in case against Mohamed Mursi

  • Most lethal attack in Cairo in months

  • After hurting Brotherhood, Sisi faces formidable opponents (Adds claim of responsibility)

By Shadi Bushra

CAIRO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A bomb blast beside Egypt's foreign ministry killed three policemen on Sunday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

18 Sep 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:56 GMT
Author: Reuters

  • Four hundred Palestinian migrants missing, families say

  • Gazans flee war, high employment in blockaded enclave

  • Smuggled to Egypt, Gaza migrants set sights on Europe

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, Sept 18 (Reuters) - A devastating war with Israel has swollen the number of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip joining a perilous exodus of migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

03 Jul 2014 description
  • World's top wheat importer to be more dependent on food imports

  • Water constraints make boosting farming output very difficult

  • Ethiopia dam, rising temperatures to tighten water supply

  • Water policies 'unrealistic' or ignore subsidised wheat, biggest water user

By Maggie Fick and Shadi Bushra

CAIRO/LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - In the northwest corner of the Nile Delta, Ibrahim Sharaf Al-Dein fires up his diesel-powered pump next to a murky canal only to watch it spew out a yellowish froth.