{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.