‘Fresh clashes’ in Egypt’s Sinai region

Fresh fighting has broken out between gunmen and police in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, according to state TV. The clashes near a police station in the city of al-Arish come a day after the Egyptian military launched an offensive against suspected Islamist militants in the region.

Egypt’s president fires intelligence chief

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi fired his intelligence chief and the governor of Northern Sinai on Wednesday following a weekend attack by suspected militants in Sinai who killed 16 soldiers. In a major shake-up, Morsi also asked Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi to replace the commander of the military police

Gunmen kidnap 2 U.S. tourists in Egypt’s Sinai region

Gunmen kidnapped two American tourists Thursday in Egypt’s Sinai region and demanded the release of a man arrested a day earlier for drug possession, authorities said. The tourists, both 31, were in a car headed to a hotel from the town of Dahab when they were stopped, state-run Ahram newspaper said.