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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt. A Saudi-owned satellite network said on Saturday, March 8, 2014, that the signal of its Egyptian affiliate deliberately was jammed while it aired the country's top satirical program, Bassem Youssef's show, called "The Program" in Arabic. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

    Network says signal of Egyptian satire show jammed

    The signal of a Saudi-based television network was deliberately jammed while airing the show of Egypt's top satirist, the broadcaster's spokesman said Saturday, the latest disruption to hit the popular program.

  • Old Enemy: Osama bin Laden told an FBI source in 1993 that he was looking to finance terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. (Associated Press)

    EXCLUSIVE: FBI had human source in contact with bin Laden as far back as 1993

    The FBI placed a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and ascertained that the al Qaeda leader was looking to finance terrorist attacks in the United States.

  • ** FILE ** Ousted President Mohammed Morsi, right, speakes from the defendant's cage as he stands with co-defendants in a makeshift courtroom during a trial hearing in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Egyptian Interior Ministry, File)

    Egypt to try 242 Muslim Brotherhood Morsi supporters

    Egyptian authorities on Thursday ordered new trials for 242 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest in a series of mass tribunals against backers of the ousted Islamist president over protests and violence.

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt. Youssef was back on air on Friday, Feb. 7, true to his style of mocking the euphoria gripping Egyptians surrounding the country's military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run for president. Private broadcaster CBC had suspended Youssef's show last fall after the season's first episode, but he returned on a different broadcaster. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

    Egypt's top satirist back on air after suspension

    Egypt's popular satirist Bassem Youssef was back on air on Friday, true to his style of mocking the nationalist fervor gripping Egyptians after the overthrow of the country's Islamist president in a coup last July and the subsequent euphoria surrounding the military chief who is widely expected to run for president.

  • Egyptian satirist signs contract with new network

    The popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has signed a contract with the MBC Group and a new episode of his show will air later this week, a spokesman for the Dubai-based network said Saturday.

  • A man walks outside Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef's studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, says his team will bring back its popular television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup. However, he acknowledged the challenges facing him and others in Egypt now in an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    AP Interview: Egypt's top satirist prepares return

    CAIRO (AP) — Bassem Youssef, Egypt's most popular satirist often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, says his team is preparing to bring back their widely watched television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup.

  • A man walks outside Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef's studio in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, says his team will bring back its popular television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup. However, he acknowledged the challenges facing him and others in Egypt now in an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

    AP Interview: Egypt's top satirist prepares return

    CAIRO (AP) — Bassem Youssef, Egypt's most popular satirist often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, said Wednesday his team is preparing to bring back their widely watched television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup.

  • FILE - In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 file photo, a bodyguard secures popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader in Cairo, Egypt. After more than four months away, the man known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” returns the airwaves Friday in a country radically different from the one he previously mocked. Satirist Bassem Youssef’s weekly “El-Bernameg,” or “The Program” in Arabic, mocked the country’s first elected Islamist president and his supporters for mixing religion and politics, took them to task for failing to be inclusive or deliver on people’s demands for change_ to the extent that some said he was one of the main reasons people turned against Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    Egyptian satirist compared to Jon Stewart now accused of defaming military

    An official in Egypt says complaints already have been filed against a popular television satirist, less than 24 hours after returning to air following a coup in the country.

  • ** FILE ** In this Sunday, March 31, 2013, file photo, a bodyguard secures popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    Lawsuit against 'Egyptian Jon Stewart' comedy show dropped by court

    A Cairo court turned down on Saturday a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo.

  • A bodyguard secures popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, as he enters the Egyptian state prosecutor's office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader, in Cairo on Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    U.S. raises concern over freedom in Egypt after TV comedian is questioned

    A senior State Department official raised concern Monday that "freedom of expression is being stifled" in Egypt, where recent days saw authorities detain and question a popular television comedian on charges of insulting Islam and the nation's former Muslim Brotherhood president.

  • A bodyguard secures popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef, who has come to be known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, as he enters the Egyptian state prosecutor's office to face accusations of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist leader, in Cairo on Sunday, March 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egyptian TV satirist released after questioning

    A popular television satirist known as Egypt's Jon Stewart was released on bail Sunday after nearly five hours of interrogation over allegations that he broke the law by insulting Islam and the president.

  • **FILE** This Oct. 18, 2012, photo shows host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with John Stewart", in New York. (Associated Press)

    'Egypt's Jon Stewart' hit with arrest warrant for insulting Islam, Morsi

    Egypt's official news agency says state prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a popular TV satirist for allegedly insulting Islam and the country's president.

  • Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef addresses attendees at a gala dinner party in Cairo on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. Egyptian prosecutors on Tuesday launched an investigation against Mr. Youssef, a popular television satirist, for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar)

    Egyptian prosecutors investigate popular TV comedian

    Egyptian prosecutors launched an investigation on Tuesday against a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities.

  • Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times Bassem Youssef (left), chief of the communications analysis unit of the FBI's counterterrorism division, testifies to a House panel of "critical personnel shortages ... concerning Middle Eastern terrorists threats."

    Counterterror staff falls to 62%

    More than one out of every three positions in an elite FBI division that tracks al Qaeda terrorists is vacant, according to an internal bureau document. Efforts are under way at the FBI to canvass for "volunteers" to fill what the agency said is a "critical" need in its counterterrorism efforts.

  • Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times
Bassem Youssef (left), chief of the communications analysis unit of the FBI's counterterrorism division, testifies to a House panel of "critical personnel shortages ... concerning Middle Eastern terrorists threats."

    Counterterror staff falls to 62%

    More than one out of every three positions in an elite FBI division that tracks al Qaeda terrorists is vacant, according to an internal bureau document. Efforts are under way at the FBI to canvass for "volunteers" to fill what the agency said is a "critical" need in its counterterrorism efforts.

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