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Egypt’s tourism industry collapses; ‘Sharm El-Sheikh has become a ghost town’

Sharm El-Sheikh is scrambling to keep its lucrative tourism sector alive.  /Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt is looking to revive its crippled tourism industry by tapping into new markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America. During November and December, about 1 million tourists visited Egypt, down 41 percent from 2014 and the […]

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EgyptAir mechanic suspected of planting bomb that took down Russian airliner

Egyptian servicemen approach a piece of wreckage of Russian MetroJet Airbus A321 at the site of the crash in Sinai, Egypt, 01 November 2015.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com A mechanic who was working for EgyptAir is suspected of planting the bomb that brought down a Russian airliner last October in the Sinai Peninsula. Sources who declined to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, told […]

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Xi signs Egypt deals as China looks to boost Mideast clout

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi in Cairo on Jan. 20.  Xinhua/Ju Peng

Special to WorldTribune.com Chinese President Xi Jinping on Jan. 21 pledged billions of dollars in aid to Egypt as Beijing moved to boost its influence in the Middle East. “China supports Egypt’s efforts to maintain stability, develop the economy and […]

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Egypt kills 30 terrorists in Sinai raid

Egyptian forces in North Sinai.

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt reported its forces killed 30 jihadists in a raid on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) affiliate in North Sinai on Jan. 14. Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir said Egyptian forces launched air […]

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Cologne may be dealing with migrant rape game of the type that targeted CBS’s Lara Logan

Protesters take to Cologne streets in wake of New Year's Eve sex assaults.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com A large group of Arab men accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of women in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve were playing a “rape game” that is widely known in Arab countries, German officials suspect. The “game,” […]

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Egypt tightens security on Libyan border following mysterious air strikes

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Special to WorldTribune.com Egyptian forces near the Libyan border have been put on high alert following air strikes on Jan. 10 from unidentified fighter jets inside Libya. The fighter jets struck Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets inside […]

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Senior Brotherhood member arrested in Cairo attack on Israeli Arab tourists

Police at the scene of an attack on an Israeli tourist bus in Cairo on Jan. 7.

Special to WorldTribune.com Egyptian authorities on Jan. 11 arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood member for allegedly ordering an attack last week on a bus carrying Israeli tourists. Muslim Brotherhood member Abd El-Aal Al-Ashry, the brother of former parliamentarian Gamal Al-Ashry, […]

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Egypt convenes parliament for first time in 3 years

Members of Egypt's Parliament attend the inaugural session, the first to convene in three years, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 10.  /AP/Said Shahat

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt’s parliament, comprised primarily with supporters of President Abdul Fatah Sisi, convened on Jan. 10 for the first time in three years amidst severe security challenges to the nation, especially in the Sinai peninsula. The inaugural 2016 […]

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Unprecedented U.S. Mideast strategy is ad hoc, disregards existing frameworks

President Obama got a mixed reception when he spoke last year at the African Union.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer examination of […]

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Egypt wants assurances Israel will keep Turkey away from Gaza

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi

Special to WorldTribune.com The Egyptian government has asked Israel for clarification on talks aimed at repairing relations between Jerusalem and Turkey. Egypt is calling on Israel not to give in to Turkey’s demands on the lifting of the naval blockade […]

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