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Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

Nov. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers said Monday that the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, just days after a U.N. report attributed Morsi's death to "brutal" conditions inside the country's jails. Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that...

Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

Nov. 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A self-exiled businessman who claims to know the secrets of Egypt's ruling military says he is marshaling political groups to try to topple President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, despite the opposition movement's increasingly bleak prospects. Mohamed Ali, 45, pitches himself as a former...

Egypt lawmaker says parliament could sack him for criticism

Nov. 6, 2019 7:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian opposition lawmaker said Wednesday that the country's parliament has referred him to an ethics committee for posting a video criticizing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the latest episode in a widening crackdown by authorities on dissent. The lawmaker, Ahmed Tantawi, also told The...

Egypt policemen charged in torturing street vendor to death

Oct. 28, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have referred 10 policemen to trial, three years after allegedly torturing a street vendor to death. No date for the trial was mentioned in Monday's announcement. Magdy Maken, a 53-year-old Coptic Christian fish cart vendor, was allegedly killed inside a police station in...

Putin courts Africa, offers to mediate Nile dam dispute

Oct. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to expand Moscow's clout in Africa by touting military aid and economic projects Thursday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit. He even offered to help mediate a growing water dispute between two of the continent's largest powers, Egypt and Ethiopia....

Putin aims to boost Moscow's clout with Russia-Africa summit

Oct. 23, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin courted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit while a pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to the continent, reflecting Moscow's new push for clout. Speaking at the two-day summit attended...

Ethiopia's Nobel-winning leader warns Egypt over dam

Oct. 22, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister warned Tuesday that if there's a need to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt his country could muster millions of people, but he said only negotiation can resolve the current deadlock. Egypt's government said it...

Egypt's options dwindle as Nile talks break down

Oct. 22, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The latest breakdown in talks with Ethiopia over its construction of a massive upstream Nile dam has left Egypt with dwindling options as it seeks to protect the main source of freshwater for its large and growing population. Talks collapsed earlier this month over the construction of the $5...

Russia's new focus on Africa takes advantage of US drift

Oct. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is following China's lead and making a splashy bid for influence in Africa, hosting the continent's leaders this week in the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit. The Kremlin on Monday said 43 of the continent's 54 heads of state or government are expected to...

Egypt activist claims she was tortured, beaten after arrest

Oct. 14, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian pro-democracy activist claims she was tortured and beaten after being arrested amid a sweeping government crackdown, a leading rights group said Monday. Amnesty International said Esraa Abdel-Fattah was brought before prosecutors late Sunday following her arrest by plainclothes...