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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file, photo, Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Electoral Commission, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 Egyptian presidential election, and members of the commission prepare to give a press conference at the commission headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country’s election commission said Saturday, July 4, 2020, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament’s lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014. Ibrahim, chairman of the National Election Authority, told a televised news conference that Senate elections will be held Aug. 11-12, with runoff elections to take place Sept. 8-9 if necessary. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Egypt sets August election dates for restored Senate

Jul. 4, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country’s election commission said Saturday, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament’s lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014. The body was reconstituted as part of constitutional...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, then UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame speaks during the Mediterranean Dialogues conference in Rome. Salame, a former U.N. envoy to Libya accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country in a podcast interview aired Tuesday, July 2, 2020. Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the military offensive launched last year by Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter to capture the capital, Tripoli, from the internationally recognized government. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Former Libya envoy accuses Security Council of 'hypocrisy'

Jul. 2, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A former U.N. envoy to Libya has accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country. In a podcast interview aired Tuesday, Ghassan Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the...

Libyan Ministry of justice employees dig out at a siyte of a suspected mass grave in the town of Tarhouna, Libya, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The United Nations said that at least eight mass graves have been discovered, mostly in Tarhuna, a key western town that served as a main stronghold for Khalifa's east-based forces in their 14-month campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

UN chief tells Libya's Hifter there is no military solution

Jul. 1, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the commander of Libya’s eastern-based forces Wednesday that there can be no military solution to the conflict he launched in April 2019 against the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric...

Egypt executes Libyan militant for plotting deadly attack

Jun. 27, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday executed a Libyan militant convicted of plotting an attack that killed at least 16 police officers in 2017, the military said. Abdel-Rahim al-Mosmari was hanged in a Cairo prison after a military appeals court upheld his death sentence last week, the military said. The deadly...

A health worker wearing protective gear prepares to take swab samples from people queuing in their cars to test for the coronavirus at a drive-through COVID-19 screening center at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt eases restrictions despite surge in virus infections

Jun. 27, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday lifted many restrictions put in place against the coronavirus pandemic, reopening cafes, clubs, gyms and theaters after more than three months of closure, despite a continued upward trend in new infections. Authorities also allowed the limited reopening of mosques and...

FILE - This satellite image taken Thursday, May 28, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to

Ethiopia says set to begin filling disputed dam in 2 weeks

Jun. 27, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Saturday said it is set to begin filling a $4.6 billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile within the next two weeks and that construction will continue, hours after the leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed late Friday to return to talks aimed at reaching an...

FILE - This satellite image taken Thursday, May 28, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. Egypt wants the United Nations Security Council to

Nile countries agree to restart talks over disputed dam

Jun. 27, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed late Friday to return to talks aimed at reaching an accord over the filling of Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, according to statements from the three nations. Early Saturday, Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s water and...

Hospital beds are prepared to receive COVID-19 patients at Ain Shams University Field Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The hospital has a capacity of 179 beds including 11 Intensive Care Units, Dr. Ashraf Omar, dean of the medical school said Wednesday in televised comments. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt secures $5.2 billion IMF loan amid coronavirus fallout

Jun. 26, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved Egypt’s request for a $5.2 billion loan as the country’s economy reels from the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The one-year arrangement, which comes on top of a separate $2.77 billion emergency financing announced...

Watchdog condemns arrest of Egyptian editor, later released

Jun. 25, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading media watchdog group condemned the arrest of an editor-in-chief of one of Egypt's last independent news platforms, who was eventually released late Thursday after an extensive interrogation, her outlet said. Nora Younis, editor of the al-Manassa news website, was arrested Wednesday...

Egypt news outlet says police raid office, arrest editor

Jun. 24, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian news outlet said security forces arrested its editor Wednesday following a raid on its offices in Cairo, in the latest government action cracking down on news media. Al-Manassa news website said in a statement that at least eight police raided its offices and searched computers....