{FD} Egyptian forces clash with militants near Sinai airport

Egyptian officials say security forces have clashed with Islamic militants near the airport of the northern Sinai city of el-Arish, killing five of them a day after a missile hit the facility during a visit by the defense and interior ministers.

{FD} Russia’s Putin lands in Egypt in sign of growing ties

Making his second visit to Egypt since 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to Cairo on Monday for talks with his Egyptian counterpart on the two countries’ rapidly expanding ties and regional issues.

{FD} Egyptian village where mosque was attacked had been warned

Elders of a village in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where militants killed 305 people in a mosque had been warned by Islamic State operatives to stop collaborating with security forces and to suspend rituals associated with Islam’s mystical Sufi movement, security officials and residents said Sunday.

{FD} Egypt’s options dwindling in its fight against militants

The scale of the bloodshed was vastly higher than past militant attacks but the Egyptian government response the same: Three days of mourning, reassuring messages in the media that things are under control, and the president promising vengeance.

{FD} Egypt tries to avoid a fight as allies escalate against Iran

Egypt faces high expectations from Saudi Arabia and its other Gulf Arab benefactors that it will have their back as tensions rise with their rival Iran, including throwing the weight of its military — the largest standing Arab army — into the crisis if needed.

{FD} Egypt’s el-Sissi warns Iran to stop “meddling” in region

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says Iran must stop “meddling” in the region’s affairs, saying he does not want war and that crises can be resolved by dialogue, but that the security of Arab Gulf countries must not be threatened.

{FD} ‘Geostorm’ actor convicted in his native Egypt

An Egyptian court has convicted “Geostorm” actor Amr Waked for damaging a car parked outside his Cairo home, sentencing him to three months in prison, his lawyer said on Monday, in a case suspected of serving as punishment for the actor’s vocal opposition to government policies.

{FD} IS reclusive leader rallies followers in purported new audio

The leader of the Islamic State group urged followers to burn their enemies everywhere and target “media centers of the infidels,” according to an audio recording that the extremists said was by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

{FD} Egypt islands deal with Saudi pits government against courts

The past week’s tempestuous parliament approval of a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is putting Egypt’s government at odds with the judiciary and providing the country’s battered opposition with a nationalist cause to whip up at a time of growing economic distress.

{FD} Egypt’s el-Sissi sees vindication in moves against Qatar

The alliance with Gulf countries to isolate Qatar has given a significant boost to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who over the past three years has been trying to find backers in what he calls a “comprehensive” war on militancy.