The Asyut Criminal Court sentenced 41 alleged Islamists to prison terms ranging from one to 15 years on charges of rioting in August 2013.
- The death toll from the capsizing of a boat in the Red Sea has risen to 25. Eighteen people were reported injured and seven are still missing.
- The U.S. State Department has designated the jihadi group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) a global terrorist organization.
- In a phone call with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed Egypt’s efforts in fighting terrorism.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Thursday with an Ethiopian delegation headed by Abdulla Gemeda, the speaker of the Ethiopian Parliament.
- The electoral constituency law regulating Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections was presented to President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi Thursday for final ratification.
- Gen. Adel Rifaat, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Police Council, said a first batch of associate security officers will enroll in an inaugural 18-month training course in June.
- U.K. exports to Egypt grew by approximately 15 percent in 2014, according to the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce.
Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi attended a military funeral held Thursday for four military members from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt killed Wednesday in an aircraft crash during a joint training exercise.
- The Trial of Hosni Mubarak-era Interior Minister Habib al-Adly over graft charges has been adjourned to Feb. 7.
- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will visit China next week to discuss bilateral ties with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Robert Stephen Beecroft arrived in Cairo Thursday to begin his post in Egypt.
- Security forces killed nine alleged militants and arrested 12 in raids carried out over the past two days in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
- The seventh Tahti Festival, a showcase of a modern Egyptian stick-fighting martial art, kicked off in Luxor Thursday.
Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza met with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab Thursday to discuss regional issues, including a proposed collaborative project to build a canal linking the Congo River with the Nile River.