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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, delivers a speech while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, left, and Seine-Saint-Denis prefect Georges-Francois Leclerc listen, after a visit on the fight against separatism at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Authorities were looking into about 50 associations suspected of encouraging hate speech and the issue will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday after the history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French militant group, mosque to close after teacher slaying

Oct. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s president on Tuesday named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Emmanuel Macron said the group will...

This undated photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities shows a trove of ancient coffins and artifacts that Egyptian archaeologists unearthed in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, authorities said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that archaeologists found a “large number” of colorful, sealed sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via AP)

Egypt says another trove of ancient coffins found in Saqqara

Oct. 19, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed another trove of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, authorities said Monday. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that archaeologists found the collection of colorful, sealed sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years...

Egypt releases comedian after more than 2 years in prison

Oct. 18, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a comedian, who was working for a popular satirical television program, after more than two years in prison without trial, a rights lawyer said Sunday. Attorney Mokhtar Mounir said Shady Abu Zaid was released from a Cairo police station late Saturday, but as part...

FILE - In this April 15, 2008 file photo, Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin, the Good Will Ambassador of the World Food Program, tours Sayyda Zeinab, one of Damascus's suburbs, to check the conditions of Iraqi refugees in Syria. Yassin died at the age of 79 on Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

Oct. 14, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Mahmoud Yassin, an Egyptian actor and pillar of the country's film industry during the second half of the 20th century, has died. He was 79. Yassin had suffered age-related health problems in recent years and was pronounced dead in Cairo early on Wednesday, according to his family. His son Amr...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011 file photo, a Libyan oil worker, works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex, in Brega, eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Libya to resume oil production at largest field amid talks

Oct. 11, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s national oil company announced Sunday it was resuming production at the country’s largest oil field as rival officials from eastern and western Libya began peace talks, part of preliminary negotiations ahead a U.N.-brokered dialogue set to take place next month. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks at the

Egypt’s president signs strategic maritime deal with Greece

Oct. 10, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Saturday ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, the state-run news agency reported, in a move that has angered Turkey. The bilateral agreement is widely...

In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Egyptian women shout slogans and hold banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. An announcement last month that Egyptian authorities would investigate an alleged 2014 gan rape of a 17-year old girl at a Cairo hotel was welcomed as a rare moment of triumph by rights activists who now fear the government is trying to discourage victims and witnesses from speaking out.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Egypt begins trial of ex-student in case fueling #MeToo wave

Oct. 10, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday began the trial of a former student of an elite university on charges of sexual assault of three minors, in a case that has launched a new wave of the #MeToo movement in the Arab world’s most populous country. The former student at the American University in Cairo was...

Basma Mostafa, a journalist for al-Manassa news website poses for a photo at a friend's apartment, in Cairo, Egypt, July 11, 2020. Egyptian authorities detained Mostafa after she traveled to the southern city of Luxor on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, to cover the alleged killing of a man during a police raid last week, her employer and family said Sunday. Rights lawyer Karim Abdel-Rady, who is also her husband, said his wife, the 30-year-old mother of two, appeared Sunday at the headquarters of Egypt's state security prosecution in the capital, Cairo. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt frees journalist detained while covering Luxor unrest

Oct. 7, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have released a local journalist detained over the weekend in the southern city of Luxor where she was covering the alleged killing of a man during a police raid, her lawyer said Wednesday. Basma Mostafa walked free late Tuesday from a police station in Cairo, a day after...

Basma Mostafa, a journalist for al-Manassa news website poses for a photo at a friend's apartment, in Cairo, Egypt, July 11, 2020. Egyptian authorities detained Mostafa after she traveled to the southern city of Luxor on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, to cover the alleged killing of a man during a police raid last week, her employer and family said Sunday. Rights lawyer Karim Abdel-Rady, who is also her husband, said his wife, the 30-year-old mother of two, appeared Sunday at the headquarters of Egypt's state security prosecution in the capital, Cairo. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt outlet says reporter detained while covering unrest

Oct. 4, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained a local journalist after she traveled to the southern city of Luxor to cover the alleged killing of a man during a police raid last week, her employer and family said Sunday. Basma Mostafa arrived in Luxor on Saturday morning, according to the al-Manassa news...

Khaled El-Enaby, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, right, and Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, left, react after opening the sarcophagus is around 2500 years old at the Saqqara archaeological site, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.  Egypt says archaeologists have unearthed about 60 ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. The Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister says at least 59 sealed sarcophagi with mummies inside were found that had been buried in three wells more than 2,600 years ago.  (AP Photo/Mahmoud Khaled)

Egypt reveals 59 ancient coffins found near Saqqara pyramids

Oct. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s tourism and antiquities minster said on Saturday archaeologists have unearthed dozens of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. Khalid el-Anany said at least 59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most of them, were found that had been buried in three wells more...