Nancy Youssef

Some in Congress question aid to Egypt over NGO prison sentences

An Egyptian court’s decision to convict 43 democracy proponents – along with a proposed Egyptian law that would restrict how nongovernmental organizations here operate – has spurred a chorus of concern from European leaders, members of the U.S. Congress and even the United Nations that Egypt’s first democratically elected government is attacking basic human rights. | 06/11/13 18:43:05 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Egypt court sentences NGO workers; U.S. denounces verdict

An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced 43 democracy promotion workers, including 16 Americans and a German, to as many as five years in prison for working for unlicensed civil-society organizations in an internationally watched case that renewed fears of a growing crackdown on democracy-promotion efforts here. | 06/04/13 15:15:39 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

In Mohammed Morsi’s Egypt, insulting president still leads to charges

Amir Salem is all too familiar with Egypt’s long-standing laws against insulting the government, blasphemy and plotting to overthrow the government. A lawyer with four decades of political activism behind him, he faced those charges under the presidencies of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. But now, as he contemplates new charges under Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, it feels more personal, he said. | 06/03/13 15:30:45 By -

Proposed Egyptian law on nonprofits seen as echo of Mubarak era

A draft Egyptian law regulating so-called nongovernmental organizations would limit the private, nonprofit groups in many of the same ways that the government of President Hosni Mubarak sought to control their operations – a sign, analysts here say, that President Mohammed Morsi fears that the groups could be used to oppose his government in the same way Mubarak supporters felt they’d helped topple his. | 05/28/13 17:07:30 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Egyptian soldiers kidnapped in Sinai released after talks

Seven soldiers kidnapped last week by suspected Islamist militants in the restive Sinai were freed after a six-hour negotiation between local tribesmen and the kidnappers, the Egyptian government announcement Wednesday. | 05/22/13 17:41:00 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Egyptians don’t like Morsi’s presidency, but opposition flounders anyway

As Egypt’s first democratically elected president nears the completion of his first year in office, there is growing resentment among Egyptians about his tenure. The dismal economy has grown worse, sectarian tensions are greater, and government services have declined – something many people thought would have been impossible. | 05/20/13 16:28:06 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Egypt’s Morsi dispatches army to Sinai after suspected Islamists snatch soldiers

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ordered army reinforcements to the restive Sinai on Monday amid rising tensions there over the kidnapping of seven soldiers by suspected Islamist militants. | 05/20/13 15:35:10 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Ambassador Stevens twice said no to military offers of more security, U.S. officials say

In the month before attackers stormed U.S. facilities in Benghazi and killed four Americans, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens twice turned down offers of security assistance made by the senior U.S. military official in the region in response to concerns that Stevens had raised in a still secret memorandum, two government officials told McClatchy. | 05/14/13 19:38:33 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

In Cairo, desperate Egyptian men search in vain for Syrian brides

On the outskirts of the vast Egyptian capital, Egypt ends and the latest Syria enclave begins. Women tie their headscarves in a distinctly Syrian way. They buy Syrian spices and trinkets from vendors whose shops are now tables lined along the streets. There is a constant murmur of stories about the desperate circumstances that forced the residents to flee places such as Homs and Damascus in the past year. | 05/14/13 14:53:50 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail

In talking points controversy, an unanswered question: Why did CIA say a protest preceded Benghazi attack?

Lost in the controversy over who requested revisions of CIA-written talking points on September’s attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans is one key fact: In every iteration of the document, the CIA asserted that a video protest preceded the assaults, and no official reviewing the talking points suggested that that was in error. | 05/13/13 21:01:12 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Mohammed Morsi reshuffles Egypt’s Cabinet; 3 posts go to Muslim Brotherhood

President Mohammed Morsi named nine new ministers to his government Tuesday, including three members of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a move that his prime minister, Hesham Kandil, said was intended to re-energize efforts to reverse Egypt’s prolonged economic spiral. | 05/07/13 19:44:17 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Debate over Easter greetings roil Egypt’s sensitive religious tension

As Egypt prepares to celebrate Orthodox Easter this weekend, controversial comments by a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood have sparked debate over whether supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who rose to prominence through the group, can wish their Christian countrymen “Happy Easter” without being considered un-Islamic. | 05/03/13 16:33:54 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

U.S. Embassy in Cairo deletes Twitter post that angered Morsi supporters in Egypt

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo shut down its provocative Twitter account for more than two hours Wednesday, one day after posting a clip from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in which host Jon Stewart bashed the government of Mohammed Morsi for arresting a popular Egyptian satirist who’s often compared to Stewart. | 04/03/13 20:54:00 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Middle East in turmoil 10 years after Iraq invasion that officials said would bring peace

Ten years later, the era that the U.S.-led invasion ushered in looks anything but simple. After tens of thousands of deaths, not just of Americans, but also of Iraqis – many, if not most, at the hands of other Iraqis – that country is still in turmoil. American troops are gone and a democratically elected government rules. But bombings and massacres continue, and the country remains mired in sectarian feuding. Elsewhere, conflict reigns – in some cases, coincidentally, with anniversaries that fall also around this weekend. | 03/15/13 16:22:59 By - By Nancy A. Youssef

Egyptian court confirms 21 death sentences in soccer riot, hands down 5 life terms

An Egyptian court issued split verdicts Saturday in the deadliest soccer riot in this country’s history, confirming death sentences for 21 fans accused of planning the violence, giving life terms to five others, and sentencing to long prison stretches two senior police commanders. | 03/09/13 15:03:31 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail

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