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Egypt's president approves law for ride-hailing apps

Jun. 24, 2018 10:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi approved a law governing popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem after the companies appealed a court ruling that revoked their licenses, the country's official gazette reported Sunday. The law establishes the basis for operating licenses and fees, and...

Egypt raises military pensions amid austerity measures

Jun. 24, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has raised pensions for military personnel and salaries for civil servants by 15 percent amid a wave of price hikes linked to austerity measures. The raises, published late Saturday in the official gazette, will take effect on July 1. El-Sissi, a retired...

Popular hashtags take sides on Egypt president's leadership

Jun. 23, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Egyptians have set social media alight with tweets on opposing hashtags, one calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to resign and another praising his leadership. The hashtags surfaced after a recent wave of steep price hikes for fuel, drinking water and electricity...

Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game. The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding...

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

Jun. 18, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Not since the Cold War days of the 1950s and 1960s has Egypt been as close to Russia as it is now. But could the outcome of a crucial World Cup clash between the two nations damage their relations? Probably not, but as is frequently the case with soccer, Tuesday's game in St....

Egypt's president replaces defense, interior ministers

Jun. 14, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday after replacing his defense and interior ministers, a high-level security shake-up that comes as the country is struggling to combat an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi tapped Lt. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, the head of...

Egypt defends austerity measures amid fears of unrest

Jun. 13, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday defended austerity measures aimed at reviving the economy, amid fears of public anger that may have motivated the arrests of activists and bloggers in recent weeks. The government recently raised the price of electricity and tap water as part...

FIFA signs Egypt government to World Cup sponsor deal

Jun. 12, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has its first 2018 World Cup sponsor from Africa — the government of Egypt. FIFA says "Egypt — Experience & Invest" fills the first of four African slots in a program for third-tier commercial deals. The value of the deal was not disclosed. It is also the first World...

Egypt frees 32 Ethiopian prisoners during PM's visit

Jun. 11, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has released 32 Ethiopian prisoners during a visit by the country's prime minister in which he sought to assure Cairo that a massive upstream Nile dam would not cut into its share of the river, officials said Monday. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned the prisoners,...

PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters

Jun. 10, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowed Sunday that Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt's share of Nile waters, as his country works to complete what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. Ahmed's comments came in a press conference with Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi in Cairo. He...