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Nearly 200 people die in boat fire off Sudanupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 05:33:00

A total of 197 people died Tuesday after the boat carrying them caught fire in the Red Sea off Sudan, the state-run Sudanese Media Center reported.

After nearly 10 months, hijacked ship and crew are freedupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 17:32:00

The Somali pirates who hijacked an Egyptian ship nearly 10 months ago have released it and the crew of 23 after receiving an air-dropped ransom of $2.3 million, officials said Tuesday.

Sources: Six killed in Yemen protestsupdated: Tue May 10 2011 05:57:00

Yemeni security forces opened fire on protesters in Taiz on Monday, killing at least six and injuring hundreds, a medical official in the southwestern city said.

4 reasons to release bin Laden photosupdated: Thu May 05 2011 17:17:00

There are several good reasons to release the photographs of Osama bin Laden's body: First, to end the debate in the world of conspiracy theory, one the administration's countervailing story lines have helped fuel.

CNNMoney: Egypt oil threat may be overblownupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 10:44:00

The Egyptian crisis has sent oil prices to a 2-year high above $92 a barrel, up 5.5% in two trading sessions, due to concern the turmoil could spread to Middle East nations that are bigger crude producers.

The 1,700-year-old Christian monastery hidden deep in Egypt's desertupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 13:16:00

On the day when much of the world was marking Christmas, I traveled with friends to a remote location deep in the Eastern desert in Egypt. Nestled in an oasis within the Red Sea Mountains is one of the world's oldest inhabited monasteries: The Coptic Orthodox St. Anthony's Monastery.

Red Sea shark attacks close beachesupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 14:05:00

Beaches along Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, are closed after a series of shark attacks that included one tourist's death.

Tourists warned after Egypt shark attacksupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 14:05:00

Tourists visiting an Egyptian resort have been warned to be alert after a series of shark attacks that have left one woman dead and several people seriously injured.

U.S. Embassy in Jordan warns against travel to Aqabaupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:41:00

The U.S. Embassy in Jordan warned Wednesday that "credible information" has been received about a possible imminent threat in the region of the Gulf of Aqaba, the branch of the Red Sea that lies between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

One killed after rockets hit Israel and Jordanupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 07:16:00

One person was killed and five others injured when a rocket landed in front of a hotel Monday in the city of Aqaba, Jordan, the official Jordanian news agency, Petra, reported.

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 13:18:00

In focus -- Quenching Jordan's Thirst

Pirates hijack ship in Red Sea, force saysupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 07:19:00

Pirates have hijacked a Marshall Islands-flagged ship in the southern Red Sea, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Monday.

3 killed in Egyptian luxury cruise ship accidentupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 06:45:00

Three crew members were killed when a luxury cruise ship crashed into a pier on Friday in Sharm el-Sheikh, an Egyptian resort along the Red Sea, state-run Nile TV reported.

Future meets past in Saudi's new eco-friendly universityupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 09:32:00

On the eastern shore of the Red Sea at Thuwal, about an hour north of Mecca lies the 14 square mile campus of Saudi Arabia's newest university, KAUST.

Saudi Arabia's new academic hubupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 09:32:00

Bob O'Dell, one of the principal designers of the new King Abdullah University for Science and Technology shows us around the campus.

Beyonce causing controversy in Egyptupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 12:30:00

Diva Beyonce Knowles strutting her stuff in the conservative Middle East?

Yemeni girl, 12, dies in painful childbirthupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 07:25:00

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children's rights group said Monday.

Child bride dies giving birthupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 07:25:00

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl died during a prolonged childbirth that also killed her baby. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Pirates release Malaysian tugboat after seven monthsupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 03:28:00

Somali pirates have released a Malaysian tugboat and 11 crew members after holding them for more than seven months, an international business group reported Monday.

Somali pirates release German shipupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 10:01:00

Somali pirates released a German cargo ship Saturday that they have held since May, the German Foreign Ministry said.

Somali pirates release Belgian ship, crewupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 06:20:00

A Belgian ship and its crew captured by Somali pirates two months ago have been released, the Belgium government said Sunday.

Manufacturer optimistic of finding AF447 flight data recorderupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 02:31:00

A top executive for the company which built the flight data recorder aboard Air France Flight 447 says he hopes his firm's 100 percent recovery record from air accidents will be maintained despite concerns the device may be lost at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Somali pirates release tugboat held 10 monthsupdated: Sat Jun 06 2009 10:09:00

Somali pirates freed a Nigerian tugboat they seized 10 months ago, and the Dutch navy frigate De Zeven Provincien was escorting it to a safe harbor, the Dutch Defense Ministry said Saturday.

As piracy surges, U.S. warns of dangers off Somali coastupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 07:59:00

A sudden surge of pirate attacks off the coast of eastern Somalia in recent days has prompted the U.S. military to put out a new alert to mariners, warning of increased danger in the region.

Reports: 14 people missing after cargo ship sinksupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 13:07:00

Fourteen people were missing after a cargo ship sank Monday in Egyptian waters, Red Sea Gov. Majdi Al Qubaisi told Egyptian television.

U.S. warns of possible attack on embassy in Yemenupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 14:13:00

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen warned Americans there Monday it has received a report of a possible attack against its compound in Sanaa.

Navy creates force devoted to fighting piracyupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 13:09:00

The U.S. Navy has started a force to battle pirates attacking ships in and near the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's coast, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said Thursday.

Tourist bus plunges down ravineupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 17:50:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports on a horrific bus accident near a resort town in Israel.

Israel: 24 dead as bus plunges down ravineupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 17:50:00

At least 24 Russian tourists have been killed in one of Israel's deadliest traffic accidents when their bus plunged down a ravine, throwing nearly all of the passengers out of the vehicle.

Somali pirates release ship without ransomupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 04:55:00

Pirates have released a Yemeni cargo ship without receiving a ransom after negotiations with local elders, a Somali official said Wednesday.

Pirates collect $150 million in ransomsupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 14:16:00

More than $150 million has been paid to pirates around the Horn of Africa over the past 12 months, Kenya's foreign minister said Friday.

Time.com: Ransom Paid, Somali Pirates Release Cargo Shipupdated: Sun Oct 19 2008 17:00:00

It's been a busy, profitable week for Somali pirates: They hijacked one South Korean bulk carrier Wednesday, released another South Korean cargo ship Thursday and let a hijacked Thai ship go Saturday

Time.com: A New City in the Saudi Desertupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 13:00:00

Needing jobs and housing for its next generation, the desert kingdom has launched an ambitious plan to build five new cities simultaneously

Dozens killed in Mogadishu fightingupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 00:51:00

At least 33 people have been killed as fighting rages in the volatile Somali capital of Mogadishu, residents and media reports said on Monday.

Time.com: 4,500 Years: Egyptian Boat Locatedupdated: Sat Jul 19 2008 15:00:00

Archaeologists will excavate hundreds of fragments of an ancient Egyptian wooden boat entombed in an underground chamber next to Giza's Great Pyramid

Pirates release German cargo ship, company saysupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 14:25:00

Pirates have released a German cargo ship and its crew of 14 after holding them for nearly six weeks, the vessel's owner said Wednesday.

Oil at top of World Economic Forum agendaupdated: Fri May 23 2008 08:16:00

The glare of the global spotlight on the Middle East this week almost outshone the shimmering sun reflecting off the Red Sea.

Captain: My 'heart sank' when pirates attackedupdated: Mon May 05 2008 16:20:00

Colin Darch was piloting his slow-moving tugboat out of the Red Sea close to Somalia when heavily armed pirates sped up next to him screaming and firing weapons.

Time.com: Piracy Sparks High-Tech Defensesupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 05:00:00

As the frequency of piracy on the high seas grows, many ship owners aren't willing to wait for the navy to help them out

French navy pursues hijacked yachtupdated: Sat Apr 05 2008 09:20:00

A French navy vessel is in pursuit of a luxury yacht which pirates seized off the coast of Somalia a day earlier, the French Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Time.com: US Cargo Ship Fires in Suez Canalupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 11:00:00

An American cargo ship under contract to the U.S. Navy opened fire on a small Egyptian boat while moving through the Suez Canal, the U.S. military said Tuesday

New Year, new resolutionsupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 07:49:00

It's the same every year -- we've all made them with the best of intentions, then forget all about them. 2008 will be different as we gear up to make some resolutions for the business traveler. This month, Richard Quest is in Egypt by the Red Sea -- it's one of the top 5 destinations that frequent fliers cash in their air miles for especially during this time of year. Some winter sun is a great way to start the year right.

Doing more with your milesupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 07:49:00

CNN's Richard Quest reports from Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, on how to spend your air miles.

SI.com: Chris Mannix: Cotto represents next generationupdated: Mon Nov 12 2007 02:25:00

One of the loudest criticisms of boxing -- usually levied by advocates of mixed martial arts -- is that the sport is dominated by aging stars. For the most part, the critics are correct. Oscar de la Hoya (34), Floyd Mayweather (30), Wladimir Klitschko (31) and Shane Mosley (36) are all on the wrong side of 30. They are also still the biggest draws, with De La Hoya-Mayweather breaking every box office record and Klitschko leveling every young fighter left dangling in his path.

Three killed as volcano eruptsupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 08:27:00

NATO ships rescued two survivors and spotted three bodies off the coast of a small Red Sea island Monday morning, following a spectacular volcanic eruption the night before, a NATO commander said.

Yemen volcano eruptionupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 08:27:00

CNN's Max Foster speaks with Canadian Navy spokesman Ken Allan about what was spotted from the eruption.

EW review: 'Reaping' a bad movieupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 09:16:00

Katherine Winter, played by Hilary Swank in her dutiful-yuppie-good-listener mode, is a former minister, and now a professor, who travels the world defusing the lustrous credibility of miracles. Swank must know the feeling: She has won two Academy Awards, and she's still doing movies like "The Reaping."

Gunmen kill two Saudi guards in shootout near prisonupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 13:05:00

A gun battle broke out Thursday near a prison in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, and two security guards were killed, the Saudi government said.

Facing up to terror in the Middle Eastupdated: Sat May 06 2006 12:24:00

On the day suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab, I switched the TV in the Atlanta anchor office to Egyptian television. I wanted to see how local media were covering the news of the triple bombing that killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens more on April 24th.

Blasts near peacekeeping base in Egyptupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 07:10:00

Two suicide bombers attempted to attack a multinational force vehicle and a police command post in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, an Egyptian government spokesman says.

Several arrests after Egyptian resort blastsupdated: Tue Apr 25 2006 06:13:00

Egyptian officials say several people have been arrested following three deadly explosions at a Red Sea resort town, while a terrorism expert has predicted there will be more attacks in the region.

Three bombs rip through Egypt resortupdated: Mon Apr 24 2006 14:13:00

Twenty-three people, including three foreigners, were killed and 62 others were wounded Monday in terrorist bombings in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Dahab, the Egyptian interior minister said.

FSB: Oil heiress strikes gold in hotelsupdated: Fri Mar 31 2006 09:59:00

You're sitting on the porch," says Caroline Rose Hunt, 83, rolling her vowels charmingly, "where they used to sit out here and sweat."

At least 57 die in Bahrain boat accidentupdated: Fri Mar 31 2006 01:33:00

At least 57 bodies have been recovered by Friday in the Persian Gulf off Bahrain after a cruise boat carrying 137 people capsized the night before.

At least 51 die in Bahrain ferry accidentupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 17:08:00

At least 63 passengers were rescued -- and the bodies of 51 others recovered -- after a passenger ferry carrying about 135 people on a company outing capsized and sank Thursday night in a narrow channel off the Bahrain coast, officials said.

Ferry 'pressed on despite fire'updated: Sun Feb 05 2006 02:38:00

A crew member of the ferry that sank Friday in the Red Sea said Sunday water used to extinguish a fire aboard caused the ship to list in heavy winds.

Officials: Fire made ferry sinkupdated: Sat Feb 04 2006 11:27:00

Egypt's transport minister has said a blaze aboard an Egyptian ferry set off a sequence of events that led it to sink Friday in the Red Sea, causing what officials fear may be around 1,000 deaths.

1,000 ferry passengers missing in Red Seaupdated: Sat Feb 04 2006 04:18:00

Rescuers who plucked more than 340 people from the chilly Red Sea were continuing to search the water Saturday for hundreds of other people feared dead after an Egyptian ferry sank with about 1,400 people on board.

Ship with 1,400 sinks in Red Sea updated: Fri Feb 03 2006 13:34:00

An aging Egyptian passenger ferry loaded to near capacity with about 1,400 people and dozens of vehicles sank Friday in the Red Sea, an official said.

Maritime disasters of the 20th and 21st centuriesupdated: Fri Feb 03 2006 11:01:00

Rescuers are seeking survivors after an Egyptian ferry with about 1,400 people on board sank in the Red Sea.

Review: 'The Bible Game' is a testament to your knowledgeupdated: Fri Jan 13 2006 10:47:00

If the television show "Jeopardy" were written by Sunday school teachers, the result might be "The Bible Game," a new trivia game for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance that casts players as contestants in a game show about the Old Testament.

CNNMoney: Report: U.S. trails in refinery growthupdated: Wed Dec 28 2005 07:11:00

A surge in oil refinery investment is under way overseas, which could make the United States more reliant on imports of refined products like gasoline and heating oil in coming years, according to a published report.

Pirate hunter: Take me to the mothershipupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 18:45:00

Somali pirates attacked five ships in the past week in a sharp rise of banditry apparently orchestrated by a mysterious "mothership" prowling the busy Indian Ocean corridor, shipping experts said Friday.

Al Qaeda claim for Red Sea attacksupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 04:24:00

An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for rocket attacks Friday that targeted but missed two U.S. military ships in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba.

Officials: Pakistanis not linked to Egypt bombsupdated: Tue Jul 26 2005 05:17:00

Five Pakistani men being sought by Egyptian authorities are not connected to Saturday's bombings in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egyptian officials said Tuesday.

Bombs kill scores in Egyptian resort townupdated: Sun Jul 24 2005 06:01:00

Investigators in Egypt searched Saturday for bodies and clues after near-simultaneous bombings at the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, attacks that killed at least 83 people and injured more than 200 others.

Authorities sweep Sinai in bombing probeupdated: Sun Jul 24 2005 02:34:00

Egyptian security forces on Sunday were sweeping the Sinai peninsula and rounding up Bedouins as part of their investigation into three bombings that killed 84 people and wounded more than 200 in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

'The sky was lit up, it was terrible'updated: Sat Jul 23 2005 10:28:00

(CNN) -- The sky lit up right after midnight as three separate bombs exploded in the Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm-el Sheikh, killing scores and wounding many more.

Inter Milan reverse tour decisionupdated: Sat Jul 23 2005 09:53:00

Inter Milan's pre-season tour of England will begin as scheduled, Italian officials said on Sunday.

World leaders offer solidarity, sympathy updated: Sat Jul 23 2005 09:50:00

Three terrorist bombs killed at least 83 people and injured more than 200 others in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egyptian authorities said Saturday.

Egyptian resort town blasts kill dozensupdated: Fri Jul 22 2005 20:20:00

Deadly explosions that rocked the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday may be linked to a series of bomb blasts last October in the Red Sea resort of Taba, Egypt's interior minister said.

Frenchman is 4th Cairo bomb victimupdated: Sun Apr 10 2005 11:02:00

A French citizen wounded in last week's explosion in Cairo has died, according to the French foreign ministry.

Islamic group claims Cairo bombingupdated: Fri Apr 08 2005 05:11:00

An obscure Islamic group has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the heart of old Cairo Thursday that killed three people, including one American.

Suicide bombers suspected in blastsupdated: Mon Oct 11 2004 00:12:00

Investigators believe three car bombs driven by three suicide bombers were responsible for the blasts that killed at least 34 people last week in the Red Sea tourist area of Taba, an Israeli security source said Monday.

Egypt police hunt explosives buyerupdated: Sun Oct 10 2004 09:59:00

A Bedouin has confessed to selling explosives to a man before Thursday's deadly bombings targeting Israeli vacationers in the Red Sea resort of Taba, according to an Egyptian security source.

Death toll rises in Egypt tourist bombingsupdated: Sat Oct 09 2004 07:20:00

Rescuers are searching the wreckage of a Red Sea hotel for survivors after a series of bomb blasts at Egyptian vacation spots frequented by Israelis.

Red Sea resort bombs kill 26updated: Fri Oct 08 2004 03:53:00

A top Israeli official says he suspects al Qaeda is to blame for the bombings of three Egyptian resorts popular with Israelis that killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens more.

Gunmen kill several at Saudi oil compoundupdated: Sun May 02 2004 04:03:00

Four attackers entered a Saudi compound and opened fire on workers Saturday, killing six, Saudi officials said.

Saudis: 3 militants killed in gunfightupdated: Thu Apr 22 2004 21:00:00

Saudi Arabian state television reported Thursday that three militants thought to be on the country's most-wanted list were killed in a fierce gunfight in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah.

2nd Red Sea 'black box' recoveredupdated: Sun Jan 18 2004 04:04:00

A remote-controlled French mini sub retrieved the voice cockpit recorder of an Egyptian charter plane that crashed January 3 killing all aboard, the head of the Egyptian investigating team said.

Sub recovers Red Sea 'black box'updated: Sat Jan 17 2004 05:55:00

An unmanned French Navy "Scorpio" submarine has recovered the flight data recorder from the wreckage of an Egyptian airliner about 1,000 meters under the Red Sea, Egyptian officials said Saturday.

Air crash families mourn relativesupdated: Thu Jan 08 2004 02:20:00

Memorial services have been held for the victims of last weekend's crash of an Egyptian charter jet that went down in the Red Sea.

Navy locates both crash recordersupdated: Wed Jan 07 2004 04:12:00

French naval teams have located the second flight data recorder from the wreckage of an Egyptian airliner in the Red Sea.

Crash flight recorder 'too deep'updated: Tue Jan 06 2004 07:44:00

A French admiral says the flight data recorder from a charter jet that crashed last weekend is believed to be located deeper than searchers can dive.

Robot sub used in Red Sea searchupdated: Mon Jan 05 2004 06:33:00

A robotic submarine from the French navy is scouring the waters of the Red Sea, looking for debris and bodies at the site of a weekend charter plane crash that killed 148 people.

Swiss official: Egyptian airline banned; Cairo denies claimupdated: Sun Jan 04 2004 13:37:00

Flash Airlines, which operated a chartered Boeing 737 that crashed in the Red Sea off Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, was banned by Switzerland in 2002 over technical worries, the country's office of aviation said Sunday.

Tribute to Red Sea crash victimsupdated: Sun Jan 04 2004 06:37:00

France's deputy minister of foreign affairs has tossed flowers into the Red Sea over the site of a deadly charter plane crash that killed at least 148 people.

Families gather at Paris airportupdated: Sat Jan 03 2004 08:48:00

Distraught family members gathered at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris for word on the fate of their loved ones aboard a Boeing 737 that crashed into the Red Sea off Egypt.

No survivors likely in Red Sea air disasterupdated: Sat Jan 03 2004 03:43:00

Officials said they expected to find no survivors among the 148 people who were aboard a charter plane that crashed Saturday in the deep waters of the Red Sea off the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Fortune: Pyramid Schemes War? What war? Susan Hack checks out the Middle East's massive investment in tourism.updated: Mon Apr 16 2001 00:01:00

It's 110 degrees in the shade, but you'd never know it inside the air-conditioned Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph whisking you from Dubai's new $550 million airport to the Burj Al Arab Hotel. Shaped like...

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