Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns as area inches towards open war

ISMAILIA Egypt - Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants that turned the daily trip to lessons into a "journey of death".

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Egyptian police fire tear gas, arrest 25 people commemorating 2011 protests 19 Nov 2014

CAIRO - Police fired tear gas and arrested 25 people on Wednesday in central Cairo where hundreds had gathered to commemorate dozens of protesters killed by security forces in 2011, Egypt's interior ministry told state news agency MENA.


Saudi King calls on Egypt to back Gulf accord - statement 19 Nov 2014

DUBAI - Saudi King Abdullah called on Egypt on Wednesday to back an agreement between Gulf Arab states that ended an eight-month dispute over Qatar's backing of Islamist movements and its promotion of Arab Spring revolts.

Egypt welcomes Saudi call to mend ties with Qatar 19 Nov 2014

CAIRO - Egypt welcomed a Saudi call on Wednesday to back an agreement among Gulf Arab states that ended an eight-month dispute over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood and promotion of Arab Spring revolts.

Clashes near Egypt's border with Gaza kill 10 civilians - sources 19 Nov 2014

ISMAILIA Egypt - Ten civilians were killed overnight during fighting between the army and Islamist militants near Egypt's border with Gaza, where the military has launched a crackdown in recent weeks, security and medical sources said on Wednesday.

Egyptian woman dies of bird flu, second death in two days 19 Nov 2014

CAIRO - An Egyptian woman died on Tuesday of H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected birds, the second death from the disease in two days and the third in the country this year, a health ministry statement said.