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Egypt’s leader meets with Sudan’s military ruler in Cairo

Sep. 24, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt on Saturday met with Sudan’s leader in Cairo for talks that focused on ties between the two neighbors, officials said. El-Sissi welcomed Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, at the Cairo...

Amnesty says Egypt trying to cover up rights violations

Sep. 21, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Amnesty International accused Egypt on Wednesday of attempting to cover up a decade of “unrelenting violations of human rights" in order to improve its international standing ahead of hosting the world climate summit. Egypt’s human rights record has come under...

Spanish charity rescues 372 in central Mediterranean; 1 dead

Sep. 19, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS UNO (AP) — The Spanish charity Open Arms has rescued 372 people seeking to cross the central Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy smugglers' boats and recovered the corpse of a man who had been shot by smugglers, officials said Sunday. The rescue ship Open...

Egypt to raise Suez Canal transit fees for ships in 2023

Sep. 17, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said on Saturday that it will increase transit fees for vessels, including oil-laden tankers, passing through Suez Canal, one of the world’s most crucial waterways. The Suez Canal Authority said in a statement on Saturday that it will add 15% to the fees for...

In Yemen, Queen’s death recalls memories of colonial past

Sep. 17, 2022 08:33 AM EDT

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — In 1954, large crowds turned out for a historic visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Aden. At the time, this city on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula was a colony of the British Empire and was one of the busiest and most important ports in the world. Now the...

Egypt orders release of 46 detainees in latest pardons

Sep. 15, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities announced Thursday the release of 46 detainees, including a prominent human rights lawyer, the latest to be freed from jail amid intensifying international attention. Tarik el-Awady, a member of Egypt’s presidential pardon committee, confirmed...

Queen's reign saw British leave Mideast with a mixed legacy

Sep. 15, 2022 02:07 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The long reign of Queen Elizabeth II saw large swaths of the world cast off London's rule, but after her death a handful of British-installed monarchies still endure in the Middle East. They have survived decades of war and turmoil and are now...

US frees some aid for Egypt, claiming progress on abuses

Sep. 14, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will again give Egypt much of a $300 million tranche of annual military aid that's conditioned on human rights improvements, saying the U.S. ally had made progress by releasing some 500 of its estimated 60,000 political prisoners. ...

Egypt's president in Qatar on 1st visit amid rapprochement

Sep. 13, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Egypt’s president met on Tuesday with Qatar's ruling emir during his first visit to the energy-rich nation after ties soured following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of an Islamist president backed by Doha. The scene of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi...

Egypt rejects reports of stifling environment activism

Sep. 13, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, the host of this year’s upcoming U.N.-led climate conference, is rejecting reports by a rights group saying that authorities in the Middle East country are stifling environment activism as part of a broader crackdown on dissent. According to the report by...