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Gunmen kill 5 Egyptian soldiers near Suez Canal

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Gunmen killed five Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Monday, security sources said, highlighting the growing security challenges since the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. The security sources said the gunmen opened fire on the soldiers while they were sitting in a car at a checkpoint near Ismailia on the Suez Canal, a vital global trade route. (Writing by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Michael Georgy and Janet Lawrence)

Clashes break out in Egyptian cities during pro-Mursi marches

CAIRO (Reuters) - Clashes broke out in Cairo and several other Egyptian cities on Friday during protest marches staged by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, security sources and state media said. In the capital, backers of Mursi, who was ousted by the military in July, clashed with police on the road that leads to the pyramids in the suburb of Giza. Fighting also took place between supporters and opponents of Mursi in Alexandria and two cities in the Nile Delta.

Statue of Egypt's Ramses II is more than 3,000 years old

Cairo, Oct 3 (EFE).- An Egyptian-German team working at the site of the Goddess Bastet temple found a statue of Ramses II that dates from the 19th dynasty (1295-1186 B.C.), Egypt's government said Thursday. Made of red granite, the statue stands 1.95 meters (6 feet, 2 inches) tall, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement. The piece was found during excavations in and around the Goddess Bastet temple, roughly 85 kilometers (53) miles northeast of Cairo.

Egypt gunmen kill policeman in Sinai

Gunmen killed an Egyptian policeman Friday in the lawless Sinai peninsula, where the military has been engaged in a campaign to root out militants. The police officer was shot dead as he left a hotel in the North Sinai town of El-Arish, the official MENA news agency reported. Security forces are combing the area to find the suspects, a security official said. More than 100 policemen have been killed across Egypt in attacks and clashes since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

Egypt detains Turkish citizen on charges of espionage: report

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has detained a Turkish citizen on suspicion of spying and collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday. The arrest could be a new source of tension between Ankara and Cairo whose relations have all but broken down since Mohamed Mursi, whose Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with Turkey's ruling AK Party, was ousted from the Egyptian presidency in July.

Bomb explodes at Cairo police station, explosives found on rail track

CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb exploded at a Cairo police station on Saturday, causing no injuries, state media reported. In a separate incident, explosives were found on the railway line between the cities of Suez and Ismailia, state news agency MENA news agency said. They were defused by experts. Train traffic on the line was suspended pending an army search of the area, state newspaper Al-Ahram said, quoting an army official.

Improvised device explodes at Cairo police station, no injuries

CAIRO (Reuters) - An improvised hand grenade exploded at a police station in Cairo on Saturday, but caused no injuries, Egyptian state television reported. Experts arrived at the police station in Bulaq El-Dakrum to search the area, state news agency MENA said. (Reporting By Shadia Nasralla; editing by Mike Collett-White)

Egypt military defuse bomb on railroad: security officials

Egyptian military engineers defused Saturday mortar rounds rigged to explode on a railroad linking the canal cities of Ismailiya and Suez, security officials said. Police called in the military experts after residents of a village near the railroad spotted the bomb, the officials said. The officials said the two mortar rounds and a rocket-propelled grenade attached to a fuse appeared to have been intended for a 6:00 am (0400 GMT) train.

Suez Canal Authority says attack attempted on container ship

CAIRO (Reuters) - A "terrorist" staged an unsuccessful attack on a container ship passing through the Suez Canal on Saturday, in an attempt to disrupt the flow of ships through the waterway, the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish said. The Suez Canal is a key global shipping line which is secured by the armed forces.

GM, BASF reopen in Egypt, Electrolux plans partial resumption

STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - General Motors <GM.N> and German chemicals firm BASF <BASFn.DE> reopened facilities in Egypt on Sunday while Electrolux <ELUXb.ST> said it would partly resume operations on Monday. Electrolux, the world's second-biggest home appliances maker with nearly 7,000 employees in Egypt, suspended production in Egypt on Wednesday due to the unstable security situation.
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