'Ruby the Heart Stealer' maintains innocence and denies sexual relations with Silvio Berlusconi

Former belly dancer Karima El Mahroug says allegations against her and 76-year-old former premier are untrue

The comic Bassem Youssef arrives at court in Cairo today in what has been termed a political witch-hun

A joke too far - top satirist Bassem Youssef arrested over insults to President Morsi

He is one of Egypt’s most famous television stars – a wildly popular satirist whose Friday night shows are eagerly awaited by tens of millions of viewers.

Hosni Mubarak's police chief 'gave shoot to kill order'

Police, including rooftop snipers, were responsible for nearly all of the deaths of the 850 protesters killed during Egypt's January 2011 uprising, a government inquiry has concluded.

Egyptians stand by the site where a hot air balloon exploded and plunged to earth

Egypt hot air balloon company used by Thomas Cook 'was involved in previous crash' 18 months ago

Pilots and operators say travel company used Egyptian agent that put profits before safety

The launch site at Luxor just prior to the crash

Luxor hot air balloon crash: How tourism has changed in Egypt

As a result of a slump in tourism on the Nile, competition for visitors’ spending has become intense

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sets election dates

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called a series of parliamentary elections that will start on 27 April and end in June.

Egyptian riot police arrest a young man during clashes with protesters at a demonstration near Tahrir Square, Cairo, earlier this year

Young children detained and tortured after protests in Egypt

Activists speak out over 'unprecedented level of institutional abuse of children'

Egypt’s prime minister is facing a suit for slander after televised comments suggesting that Egyptian infants contracted diarrhoea from nursing at their mothers’ unclean breasts drew widespread derision and anger.

Egypt’s prime minister faces suit for slander after claiming infants contracted diarrhoea from 'unclean breasts'

Egypt’s prime minister is facing a suit for slander after televised comments suggesting that Egyptian infants contracted diarrhoea from nursing at their mothers’ unclean breasts drew widespread derision and anger.

CCTV footage shows Egyptian riot police beat a man, during clashes next to the presidential palace in Cairo

Man beaten in Cairo now blames protesters – but campaigners smell a rat

Victim was coerced into giving statement, say activists and lawyers as Egyptian regime stands accused of ignoring revolution

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mursi throws stone at riot police during clashes

Egyptian rioters defy state of emergency in fifth day of violent protests

Bursts of machinegun fire continued to rattle around the rubble-strewn streets of Port Said tonight as groups of locals fiercely rejected the 30 day state of emergency announced by Mohamed Morsi in response to the unfolding chaos across Egypt.

Editorial: Violence that bodes ill for Egypt's future

It is no revelation to say that regime change is often messy, whether the impetus comes from outside, as in Iraq, or from within, as in Egypt. Blowing the lid off a seething cauldron only exposes the myriad currents competing beneath. To count on a calm and uncontested transition in such circumstances is foolhardy.

Protesters scatter during clashes with police near Tahrir Square

A revolution betrayed? Two years after Mubarak, Tahrir Square rises again

Protesters clash with police across Egypt, calling for end to Morsi’s Islamist government

The News Matrix: Tuesday 15 January 2013

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Editorial: Egypt's revolution is not yet lost

The troubled passage of Egypt's post-Mubarak constitution illustrates many of the difficulties facing that country today. After so long in the shadows, the Muslim Brotherhood's leaders are not accustomed to exercising power. The population is split between secular, Western-orientated reformers and those of a more religious and inward-looking persuasion. Political progress has not been matched by improvements in the economy, rather the reverse. With the drop in tourism and economic activity generally, Egypt's leaders cannot afford to buy off jaded voters, even if they wanted to.

Strong 'yes' vote passes Egyptian constitution

The head of Egypt's election commission said today that the country's new constitution has passed with a 63.8 per cent "yes" vote in a referendum.

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