Sisi says suicide bomber behind church attack in Egypt

Egyptian Christians shout slogans as ambulances transport the bodies of victims killed in the bombing of Cairo's main Coptic cathedral after the funeral, in Cairo, EgyptBy Amina Ismail and Lin Noueihed CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday a suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed 25 people at Cairo's Coptic cathedral, the deadliest on the Christian minority in years. Speaking at a state funeral for the victims, Sisi said four people had been detained, including a woman, and security forces were seeking two more people believed to be involved.

Israel’s first F-35 jets land as Trump blasts costs

A F-35 fighter jet is seen after landing in the Israeli Nevatim air base in the Negev desert on December 12, 2016The US F-35 stealth fighter programme suffered a dual blow Monday as President-elect Donald Trump blasted "out of control" costs and bad weather delayed delivery to Israel by six hours. With US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter in Israel for the arrival of the first two of 50 of the warplanes bought from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, Trump lashed out on Twitter against the programme. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th," Trump said, referring to his inauguration day.

Israel’s first F-35 stealth fighters set for landing

Israel is buying its first 33 F-35s -- at an average price of about $110 million (103.5 million euros) for each warplaneIsrael's first F-35 stealth fighters arrive in the country on Monday, with officials touting them as ultra-high-tech planes that will allow it to maintain military dominance in the Middle East. The first two of 50 F-35s to be purchased by Israel from US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin were due to arrive at Nevatim air base in the country's south. In a sign of the importance being placed on the event, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is to attend the arrival, expected around 2:00 pm (1200 GMT), along with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.