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Despite huge misgivings and bad history, IS may ultimately force West to consider invasion

November
16
,
2015
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CAIRO — This is the fundamental contradiction, after Paris: Few in the West want to send ground troops to Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State group, but it may be even harder to find anyone who thinks airstrikes alone will defeat the...

Egypt marks 113th anniversary of its famed museum amid tourism slump after Russian plane crash

November
16
,
2015
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CAIRO — Egyptian authorities sought to project an upbeat tone as the country on Monday marked the 113th anniversary of its famed Egyptian Museum, the home of the world's largest collection of Pharaonic-era antiquities, amid a slump in...

Tens of thousands of Russian tourists leave Egypt after security concerns

November
9
,
2015
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CAIRO — Thousands of Russians vacationers were heading home from Egypt on Monday aboard special planes sent by Moscow, which has suspended all flights to Egypt amid security concerns in the aftermath of the Oct. 31 plane crash of a Russian...

Foreign passengers wait to leave Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh as Russian security experts en route

November
8
,
2015
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CAIRO — International passengers departing Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh continued to line up for flights on Sunday, as the first of three teams of Russian inspectors was dispatched to the country to examine airport security...

Egypt FM: Western nations haven't shared intelligence with Cairo on downed Russian plane

November
7
,
2015
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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Egypt's foreign minister complained on Saturday that Western governments had not sufficiently helped Egypt in its war on terrorism and had not shared relevant intelligence with Cairo regarding the Russian airplane...

At least 25 killed in cargo plane crash near airport in South Sudan capital

November
4
,
2015
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JUBA, South Sudan — A cargo plane that was reportedly overloaded crashed along the banks of the Nile River after taking off from the South Sudan's capital, killing at least 25 people, witnesses and officials said. An Associated Press...

3 killed in suicide bombing at police club in Egypt's north Sinai, IS claims responsibility

November
4
,
2015
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CAIRO — A suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives at the main gate of a police club in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday, killing at least three police and wounding 10 others in an attack claimed by...

New chief ranger at South Africa's biggest wildlife park faces tough task of protecting rhinos

November
4
,
2015
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JOHANNESBURG — A new chief ranger has been appointed at South Africa's biggest national park, a major tourist attraction whose managers are struggling to stem record levels of rhino poaching. Xolani Nicholus Funda, a former ranger who...

Russian official: Airliner that crashed in Egypt, killing 224, broke up at high altitude

November
1
,
2015
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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt, killing everyone onboard, broke up at high altitude, Russia's top aviation official said Sunday. The Metrojet plane, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia, crashed...

Egypt says Russian aircraft crashes over Sinai with 224 aboard, no survivors

October
31
,
2015
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CAIRO — A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation...