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Two blasts heard in Egypt capital

Two explosions went off in the space of two minutes in the Egyptian capital on Friday, residents told AFP, saying the blasts were followed by ambulance sirens. Egypt has seen a wave of attacks claimed by jihadist groups since the army last year removed its first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, and cracked down on his supporters. "There was one powerful blast at 9:45 am (0745 GMT), followed by another, less powerful, two minutes later," a resident said.

Two blasts heard in Egypt capital

Two explosions went off in the space of two minutes in the Egyptian capital on Friday, residents told AFP, saying the blasts were followed by ambulance sirens. Egypt has seen a wave of attacks claimed by jihadist groups since the army last year removed its first freely elected president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, and cracked down on his supporters. "There was one powerful blast at 9:45 am (0745 GMT), followed by another, less powerful, two minutes later," a resident said.

Third Cairo bomb goes off near police station

A third bomb went off in the Egyptian capital Friday, hitting near a police station hours after a car bomb outside police headquarters killed four people, an interior ministry official said. The explosion, near a police station in the west Cairo Talebiya district on the main road leading to the Giza pyramids, caused no fatalities, the police general told AFP. A second bomb had gone off near a metro station, wounding five police officers, a health ministry official said. se/kir

Shots fired at Cairo hotel in apparent labour dispute

Gunmen opened fire on a five-star hotel in Cairo near the famed Giza pyramids on Friday, an Egyptian police general said, in what appeared to be a labour dispute. Interior ministry spokesman General Hany Abdel Latif said the attack was carried out by laid off hotel workers, and that there were no casualties. The attackers fired birdshot or pistol rounds at the Amarante Pyramids Hotel, he told AFP. A hotel employee who requested anonymity said the attack happened early in the morning, and that police were investigating.

Shots fired on Cairo hotel in apparent labour dispute

Gunmen opened fire on a hotel in Cairo near the famed Giza pyramids on Friday, a police general said, in what appeared to be a labour dispute. Interior ministry spokesman General Hany Abdel Latif told AFP the attack was carried out by laid off hotel workers. There were no casualties. se/dv

Egypt lacks 'pharaoh' to provide for unsettled nation

By Kevin Liffey GIZA, Egypt (Reuters) - The pharaohs of Egypt's Fourth Dynasty knew what they were doing. As soon as they ascended the throne, they began building a pyramid that would not only see them through to the afterlife, but also give work and purpose to an unsettled nation.

REFILE-Top Egypt archaeologist sees hope for future in past

(Fixes typo in paragraph 3) * Excavation, restoration work hit by Egypt unrest * Temples, tombs reopened to draw back cultural tourism * Minister says threat from radicals overblown By Tom Perry CAIRO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The keeper of Egypt's archaeological treasures sees hope for the nation's future in its pharaonic past.
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