Egypt

Gunman targets Coptic Christians in Cairo church and shop

Six civilians and a policeman died when a gunman tried to storm a church but was intercepted and arrested, it said.

It said the man had previously attacked a Coptic-owned shop in the same area, killing two brothers.

The interior ministry revised an earlier account given by the health ministry.

The initial report said 12 were dead, and suggested there were two attackers. It said one had been killed, and the other fled but was later captured.

Egypt plans new controls on social media

A draft bill circulated in Egyptian newspapers would require users to register with the government to access sites including Twitter and Facebook. Successful applicants would receive a login linked to their national ID.

Egypt finds remains of 3700-year-old pyramid

An interior corridor and a block engraved with 10 hieroglyphic lines were among the finds at the Dahshur royal necropolis, south of Cairo.

The ministry said they were in very good condition and that excavation work was continuing to try to reveal more and establish the size of the pyramid.

It was is believed to have been built during the 13th pharaonic dynasty.

Dahshur is where King Sneferu built ancient Egypt's first true smooth-sided pyramid, the 104m-high Red Pyramid, about 4600 years ago.

3000-year-old Pharaoh Statue torso pulled from mud

An Egyptian-German archaeological team worked to uncover the three-tonne statue at the same site where a giant stone head and other fragments were extracted last week.

The area is close to the temple of Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, and experts believe it may represent him.

It was dug up in wasteland between apartment blocks on the site of the ancient capital, Heliopolis, in north-east Cairo.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani said the statue was made out of quartzite.

World's heaviest woman 'smiling again' after weight reduction surgery

"She is very happy, she started dancing in her bed," Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala told CNN. "Her smile has come back."

Before she traveled to India for her operation, Eman weighed 1,102 pounds (500 kg) and she'd barely left her bedroom in more than two decades, her family said.

Over the last couple of years she'd been confined to her bed after a stroke severely impaired her speech and mobility.

Christians flee their homes after ISIS attacks in Egypt

These were the last words 45-year-old Medhat Saad Hakim heard before he was shot in the head on his doorstep last month.

The gunmen dragged Hakim's screaming mother outside the house before going back inside and shootinghis father dead. The attackers then looted the house before torching it. His mother, Nabila Halim, survived the attack.

Egypt airs video of murdered Italian student

Footage shows the 28-year-old speaking to the head of a Cairo street vendors' union, who reported him to police a few weeks before he died.

Mr Regeni was in Egypt conducting postgraduate research into trade unions when he disappeared on 25 January 2016.

His tortured body was found in a ditch nine days later.

In the video the union head, Mohamed Abdallah, repeatedly requests payments from the student, who was studying at Cambridge University in the UK.

"My wife has a cancer operation, I will do anything as long as there is money in it," said Mr Abdallah.

Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns

A US official told the BBC that it had been considering an abstention, which would have allowed the motion to pass.

Israel then contacted Donald Trump's transition team to intervene, an Israeli official told Reuters.

Egypt's resolution called for Israel to stop building new settlements, which it said breached international law.

It was to have been voted on in the UN Security Council on Thursday, but Egypt withdrew it hours before the meeting was due to start.

Egypt wins approval for $12bn loan from the IMF

Egypt will receive $2.75bn immediately, with the rest subject to its economic performance and further reforms.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the bailout would "address longstanding challenges".

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is facing high unemployment and a budget deficit of 12% of GDP.

The country has struggled to attract foreign investment since the political turmoil in 2011 and the so-called Arab Spring, which saw former president Hosni Mubarak overthrown.

Egypt is getting a new capital - courtesy of China

The China Fortune Land Development Company (CFLD) agreed to provide $20 billion for the currently unnamed city, after a meeting between heads of the firm and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

This follows a previous commitment of $15 billion from another Chinese state-owned company, bringing the project close to its $45 billion budget requirements for phase I.