Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Militants kidnap Christian man in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic militants on Thursday kidnapped a Christian man traveling in a communal taxi in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to security officials, an incident that raises the specter of renewed attacks on minority Christians in the region after a two-year lull. The...

Egypt launches regional gas forum, including Israel in fold

Jan. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt hosted its first ever regional gas forum on Monday, with several regional delegations attending alongside the Israeli energy minister, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Speaking after attending the closed meeting in Cairo, Yuval...

Top US diplomat assails Obama in Mideast policy speech

Jan. 10, 2019 3:13 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of "misguided" thinking that diminished America's role in the region while harming its longtime friends and emboldening Iran. In a speech to...

Egypt el-Sissi inaugurates cathedral, mosque in new capital

Jan. 6, 2019 3:16 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Sunday inaugurated a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one of the region's largest mosques in a highly symbolic gesture at a time when Islamic militants are increasingly targeting the country's minority Christians. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a...

Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

Jan. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt. The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and...

CBS: El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel cooperate against militants

Jan. 5, 2019 11:33 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has told CBS that his country and Israel, with whom it fought four wars, are cooperating against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a startling and potentially damaging acknowledgment that could explain the Egyptian government's request that the network not air the...

Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time

Jan. 1, 2019 7:27 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian activist expects to return to prison "at any time" after an appeals court upheld a two-year sentence against her for posting a video online in which she criticized the government and decried sexual harassment, her attorney said Tuesday. Lawyer Doaa Moustafa said the Misdemeanor...

Sudan's protests point to weaknesses in Bashir's rule

Dec. 27, 2018 1:37 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's Omar Bashir fended off a march by opponents on his presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum, unleashing his security forces in hopes of putting an end to an Arab Spring-style uprising. But nearly a week of protests has pointed to the weaknesses threatening his 29-year hold on...

Egypt's 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

Dec. 26, 2018 1:34 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi on charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose nearly three-decade rule was...

El-Sissi denies fat-shaming Egyptians after weight-loss call

Dec. 26, 2018 5:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president is denying that he fat-shamed his own people after his recent calls for Egyptians to lose weight prompted a torrent of jokes online. In televised comments Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said "How can I shame my own family? Egyptians are my family. How can I watch...