| Dec 16, 2014
| 4:52 AM
The British Embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday, nine days after shutting down over security concerns, but officials gave no immediate details about the nature of the threat that prompted the closure.
In a statement posted on its website and emailed to...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Western civilization's creed is free thought and expression, the lubricant of everything from democracy to human rights.
Even a simpleton in the West accepts that protecting free expression is not the easy task of ensuring the right to read Homer's...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 6:37 PM
I've been thinking lately about the persistently vituperative and insulting attacks on President Barack Obama since 2008. It is, of course, commonplace in American politics for presidents to be lambasted for their policies, their programs, their values...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 2:31 AM
Egypt’s highest court on Thursday ordered a retrial for three journalists who were convicted last year on terror-related charges and given long prison sentences, but did not order the release of the men, who have already spent more than a year...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 7:00 AM
Not so long ago, this time of year would have brought the echo of songs and chants to the winding streets of this somnolent village in Egypt's Nile Delta — joyous celebrations honoring a 19th century Jewish sage.
In its heyday, the festival drew...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 3:41 PM
France is ready to wage airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. Saudi Arabia will open its bases to train Syrian opposition fighters. Most Middle East and Persian Gulf states have pledged to support a common stand against terrorism and...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Jordan’s Parliament is no stranger to tumult, having hosted scenes of enraged members chucking ashtrays at each other and even pulling out guns during heated arguments.
But this week’s performance was a stunner even by the legislature’...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Three people including an army general were killed and at least 28 wounded on Friday in militant attacks, some claimed by a group loyal to Islamic State, and clashes at Islamist protests around Egypt, security sources and health officials said.
| Nov 29, 2014
| 9:38 PM
On Saturday, Hosni Mubarak, frail but still defiant at 86, permitted himself a small, tight smile of satisfaction as a Cairo judge pronounced invalid, on largely technical grounds, the charges that he had been complicit in the killings of hundreds of...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 9:16 PM
In February 2011, delirious and near-disbelieving Egyptians in the capital’s Tahrir Square danced and sang as they welcomed the fall of a dictator who had maintained iron control of this ancient land for the entire life span of many in the crowd....
| Oct 24, 2014
| 12:50 PM
Suspected Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday staged the deadliest attack of the year in the volatile desert region, killing at least 25 people at a military checkpoint, Egyptian state television said.
Those killed in what appeared to be...