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Egypt’s El-Sisi thanks Hollande in person for warship deal

File Photo: French President Francois Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 26, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

The two presidents met in New York after a UN General Assembly and discussed regional issues and military deals Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with his French counterpart Francois Hollande after the United Nations General Assembly Summit in New York on Monday. El-Sisi thanked Hollande for facilitating a deal that sees Egypt buy two Mistral aircraft carriers from France, according ...

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Egypt’s Sisi calls for building a ‘democratic Syria’ in UN Speech

President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi speaks in the UN general assembly meeting (Photo: Al Ahram)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for the building of a new “democratic Syria” in his speech at the UN general assembly meeting on Monday. El-Sisi also said the Syria’s state structure must remain intact. “We saw how the extremists exploited the legitimate Syrian people’s aspirations in order to achieve their aims and today Syria is almost torn apart and suffers ...

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Sisi, Al-Azhar participate in Summit on countering IS, Extremism

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives to address attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is to participate in a summit on countering the Islamic State (IS) group and violent extremism Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly meetings in New York, Youm7 reported. Additionally, a delegation from Al-Azhar assigned by Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb is also to participate in the summit. The delegation will present Al-Azhar’s ...

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Egypt’s Sisi to AP: Country in ‘ferocious war’ with terrorism

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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi talked to the Associated Press about the prospects for solutions for the Palestinian issue, the Syrian civil war, and the war against ‘terrorism’ at home and in the region Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in an interview that the Mideast region needs to cooperate to defeat a worsening terrorist threat that has led to a “ferocious war” ...

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Egypt’s Sisi meets Angela Merkel in UN General Assembly

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Egyptian president met Friday with the German chancellor, the two discussing bilateral relations and the international refugee crisis Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Friday in New York German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the meetings of the UN General Assembly. The two discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in Egypt, the Egyptian presidency said. Spokesman Alaa Youssef said in ...

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Death toll among Egyptian pilgrims in hajj stampede rises to 37

Pilgrims walk by the site where pilgrims were crushed and trampled to death during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 (AP)

The number rose from 14 on Friday to 37 by Saturday Thirty-seven Egyptian pilgrims were killed in Thursday’s deadly stampede during the hajj ritual near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Minister of Endowments Mokhtar Gomaa said on Saturday. At least 769 people were killed and 863 were injured in the incident, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence Service said. The minister added that ...

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Remembering Sabra & Shatila: The death of their world

File photo: Sabra & Shatila massacre ( AL-Ahram archive )

Thirty-three years today, Israeli-backed Lebanese Phalangist militias massacred 3,500 Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. We republish an Ahram Weekly account to mark one of the 20th century’s worst atrocities Dying with their eyes wide open, they experienced the terror of seeing all creation — men, chairs, stars, suns, Phalangists — tremble, convulse and blur … The dying ...

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Egyptians in Yemen, Syria and Libya will not vote in parliamentary elections

An Egyptian man fleeing Libya through the Salloum land port gate at the Egyptian-Libyan border, at the beginning of the Libyan unrest in 2011 (Photo: AP)

Egypt’s Higher Elections Committee (HEC) said on Tuesday that there will not be any electoral polling stations in countries stricken by armed conflicts such as in Yemen, Syria and Libya, Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website reported. The HEC issued a decision to determine the electoral stations that will operate abroad and that the stations staff will consist of diplomatic and consular ...

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UPDATED: Crane collapse kills 107 at Mecca’s Grand Mosque ahead of hajj

At least 62 people were killed and others injured when storms caused a crane to fall in Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday 11 September 2015. (Photo courtesy of social media)

A massive construction crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather on Friday, killing at least 107 people and injuring 238, Saudi authorities said, days before the annual hajj pilgrimage. The civil defence agency said on Twitter that emergency teams were sent to the scene after a “crane fell at the Grand Mosque,” one of Islam’s most revered sites. ...

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Egypt’s Sisi arrives in Jakarta, last stop of Asian tour

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, accompanied by his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, left, inspects a guard of honor prior to their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 (AP )

Sisi’s visit to Indonesia is the first such visit by an Egyptian president since Hosni Mubarak in 1983 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Indonesia’s Jakartaon early on Friday, Egyptian state television reported, in the final stop on a week-long Asian tour which included stops in Singapore and China. El-Sisi will hold bilateral talks with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, ...

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