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Egypt slams Italy’s push for trial in 2016 scholar's killing

Nov. 30, 2020 3:14 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors on Monday slammed their Italian counterparts’ push to have five Egyptian police and intelligence officers stand trial in Italy over the 2016 abduction, torture and killing of an Italian researcher in Cairo. Italy has for years pressured Cairo to identify and...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center-left, and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center-right, stand for national anthems after el-Sissi's arrival at the airport in the capital Juba, South Sudan Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. The Egyptian president is on a one-day visit to discuss bilateral relations. (AP Photo/Maura Ajak)

Egypt leader in 1st South Sudan visit talks Nile, stability

Nov. 28, 2020 11:50 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — In the first visit by an Egyptian president to South Sudan, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he and President Salva Kiir discussed regional security and the usage of Nile waters, but he didn’t mention the country currently at the heart of either issue, Ethiopia. The...

Body of former Sudan's prime minster Sadiq al-Mahdi arrives to Khartoum, Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Al-Mahdi, Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, has died of COVID-19 in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates (AP Photo / Marwan Ali)

Thousands come out for funeral of former Sudan PM al-Mahdi

Nov. 27, 2020 9:48 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese came out Friday in the city of Omdurman for the funeral of the country's last elected prime minister and prominent political party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi, who died of COVID-19. Al-Mahdi's body arrived earlier in the day from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he...

FILE - In this April 11, 2005 file photo, former Sudanese Prime Minister and head of the National Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi attends a US-Islamic World Forum meeting held in Doha, Qatar. Al-Mahdi, 84, died of COVID-19 late on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. (AP Photo, File)

Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan former prime minister, dies of virus

Nov. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, died of COVID-19 Thursday in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. He was 84. Al-Mahdi was taken to Abu Dhabi for treatment in early November. His...

Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer

Nov. 24, 2020 9:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of him with an Israeli pop star was posted online, prompting angry rants from newscasters and the actor-singer's suspension from a stage and film professionals’ union. The outcry over Mohamed Ramadan’s photograph with...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court placed nearly 30 people, including Abdel-Fattah and an Islamist politician, on a terrorism watch list over accusations they joined the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the official gazette reported Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt adds leading activist, politician to terror watch list

Nov. 23, 2020 12:40 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court placed nearly 30 people, including a leading pro-democracy activist and an Islamist politician, on a terrorism watch list over accusations they joined the banned Muslim Brotherhood, the official gazette reported Monday. Activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, politician Abdel-Monaem Abul...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, near Sudan, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.  Sudan says it did not take part in negotiations on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, with Ethiopia and Egypt over their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile. Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas says the current negotiating approach to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam proved unfruitful.  (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Sudan boycotts faltering talks over Ethiopia’s mega-dam

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan boycotted talks on Saturday between Nile Valley countries over Ethiopia's controversial mega-dam, calling on the African Union to play a greater role in pushing forward the negotiations that have stalled for years. It was the first time that Sudan refused to attend talks with Ethiopia...

FILE - In this May 29, 2013 file photo, travel writer, journalist and author, Jan Morris, center, with the Duke of Edinburgh, right, during a reception to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the ascent of Everest, at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Morris, the celebrated journalist, historian, world traveler and fiction writer who became a pioneer of the transgender movement, has died at 94. Her literary representative, United Agents, says Morris died in Wales on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, file)

Jan Morris, author and transgender pioneer, dies at 94

Nov. 20, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jan Morris, the celebrated journalist, historian, world traveler and fiction writer who in middle age became a pioneer of the transgender movement, has died at 94. Morris died in Wales on Friday morning, according to her literary representative, United Agents. Her agent Sophie Scard...

Egypt crackdown on leading rights group sparks condemnations

Nov. 20, 2020 4:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A crackdown by Egyptian authorities on the most prominent human rights group still operating in the country sparked sharp criticism Friday by the U.N. the U.S. and other Western countries. This week, security forces arrested three senior staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal...