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  • Bomb explodes near Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo

    At least two police officers were killed and five additional policemen injured on Sunday in blast in downtown Cairo, health officials said. The security sources said the bomb exploded on a footpath under the 26 July Bridge in the neighborhood of ..

  • Fragile ceasefire holds despite sporadic fighting in Eastern Ukraine

    A ceasefire in officially still in place in eastern Ukraine, but as smoke and blasts fill the air, the echoes of conflict loom large. Saturday brought sporadic fighting to Donetsk as the country’s armed forces claim they repelled a separatist ..

  • Kerry lands in Paris for conference to defeat ISIL

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Paris ahead of Monday’s international conference on battling militant group Islamic State (ISIL). Nearly 40 nations have so far agreed to contribute to what Kerry said would be a worldwide fight to ..

  • Kerry in Cairo to cement Egyptian ‘key role’ against ISIL

    At a meeting in Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Egypt to take a key role in the fight against extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Kerry has been visiting the Middle East to drum up backing for a broad ..

  • Iraq's prime minister halts airstrikes in civilian areas

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he had ordered an end to air strikes in populated areas to protect civilians and minimize casualties. 'I have ordered the Iraqi Air Force to halt shelling of civilian areas even in those towns controlled ..

  • John Kerry says Egypt has 'critical role' in denouncing 'Islamic State'

    John Kerry on Saturday held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, as well as meeting the head of the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby. 'Egypt is on the frontline of the fight against terrorism, ..

  • Kerry seeks Egypt's support in fight against 'Islamic State'

    Kerry, who arrived in the Egyptian capital mid-morning on Saturday local time, was scheduled to meet with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and the head of the Arab League, Nabil Elarabi in the course of the day. Despite the tensions raised by the ..

  • Kerry continues efforts to put together anti-IS coalition

    Kerry's visit to the Egyptian capital on Saturday is just the latest in a series of stops in which the top US diplomat is seeking to build support for a coalition of Arab and European allies to contribute to a campaign to defeat 'Islamic State' (IS) ..

  • Arab League chief calls on states to confront 'IS' insurgents

    Nabil Elaraby said at the opening session of a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on Sunday that the rise of 'Islamic State' (IS) militants in Iraq threatened not only the authority of the state, but 'its very existence and the ..

  • Abbas threatens to end unity deal with Hamas over Gaza governance

    Abbas accused Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, of jeopardizing a recently installed unity government, Egyptian media reported Sunday. 'We will not accept the situation with Hamas continuing as it is at the moment,' Abbas said on arrival in ..