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A military court sentenced 11 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist President, to life imprisonment today on charges of attacking the army.

Egypt grips the world of oil as price peaks at 14-month high

The country's political upheaval has driven prices high, but fundamentals underpinning black gold are weaker than ever

A Grand Canyon-style ocean floor hidden deep under the Red Sea

Navy discovers 250 metre-deep ‘Grand Canyon’ beneath the waves of the Red Sea

The Devonport based ship created 3D images of the canyon, which was found after the ship left the Egyptian port of Safaga

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.

Egyptians hold giant rallies denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi

Thousands of Egyptians have held giant rallies denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, two years after Egypt's revolution began.

Egyptian Army tanks deploy near the presidential palace to secure the site of overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo

Egyptian military halts Cairo clashes after seven are killed

Egypt's Republican Guard restored order around the presidential palace after fierce overnight clashes killed seven people, but passions ran high in a struggle over the country's future.

Tahrir Square was flooded with people protesting against the decree

Fears of political meltdown as thousands mass against Morsi

Nearly two years after it became the insurrectionary hub which forced the downfall of a dictator, Tahrir Square was again transformed into an arena of political agitation yesterday – but this time it was against the Muslim Brotherhood and its elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Destiny In The Desert, By Jonathan Dimbleby

This sober history reflects on the significance, and motives, of the Battle of El Alamein

Concealed nose job loses Egypt MP his post

As befits a parliament born of revolution, Egypt's six-week-old People's Assembly has not been without its growing pains. The opening session was marked by petty squabbling among MPs, while last month one pious representative earned a rebuke from the Speaker after reciting the Islamic call to prayer during a parliamentary session.

Muslims and Christians protest against an attack on
a Coptic church

Hero of Copts; jailed by Swiss secret service; locked in exile

The travails of ex-Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed el-Ghanem. By Robert Fisk in Geneva

Muslims and Christians protest against an attack on
a Coptic church

Robert Fisk: Jailed in Geneva - the colonel who stood up against Mubarak, but refused to spy for the Swiss

His defence of Christian Copts made him a thorn in the side of Egypt's regime. But when he fled, Colonel Ghanem found himself in an equally dangerous game.

This image provided by the FBI shows an undated image of Saif al-Adel also known as Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi

'Senior al-Qa’ida leader' arrest is case of mistaken identity

A former Egyptian jihadist arrested by officials at Cairo airport and initially accused of being a senior al-Qa'ida leader declared to reporters that he was the victim of a case of mistaken identity. With no small irony, he had made the journey in an attempt to clear his name.

Arrested couple's priceless 'artifacts' bought at bazaar

A British couple arrested in Egypt on suspicion of trying to smuggle priceless artifacts out of the country were returning home last night after it emerged the objects had been bought at a tourist bazaar.

British couple released as priceless artifacts they were 'smuggling' out of Egypt turn out to be cheap market fakes

A British couple arrested in Egypt on suspicion of trying to smuggle priceless artifacts out of the country will return home tonight after it emerged that the objects had in fact been purchased at a local tourist bazaar.

Egypt court adjourns trial of 'US spies' to April

A trial which has shaken Egypt's 30-year alliance with the US began yesterday when a court was told 16 American workers with non-governmental organsiations were CIA spies.

On reflection: Henrietta Lidchi, world cultures keeper, with one of Ankhhor’s coffins at Fascinating Mummies, which advances our knowledge of the Egyptians

Fascinating Mummies, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

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