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In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Egypt extends detention of activist who criticized president

Feb. 22, 2020 11:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors Saturday extended the detention of an activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the activist's lawyer said. Police detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna in Italy, after he arrived in Cairo earlier this month...

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 has overturned a decision to release Abdel-Fattah who has been detained for nearly five months without trial. He was arrested in September amid an unprecedented crackdown that followed small protests demanding President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi step down. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, a court had ordered that Abdel Fattah be released but shortly afterward the State Security Prosecutors appealed the decision before another court. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egyptian court refuses to release prominent activist

Feb. 20, 2020 10:46 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court overturned Thursday a decision to release a prominent activist who has been detained for nearly five months without trial over what his family says are unjust charges. Alaa Abdel Fattah, a 38-year-old software engineer, developed a reputation on social media during the 2011...

In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Egypt’s top prosecutor denies activist was tortured

Feb. 16, 2020 8:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Sunday denied allegations that the police tortured a human rights activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Police detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna in Italy, after he arrived in Cairo...

In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Egypt upholds detention of student critical of el-Sissi

Feb. 15, 2020 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Saturday rejected the appeal of an activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for release from detention, his lawyer said. Police detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna in Italy, after he arrived in Cairo last week...

In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Rights group: Jailed Egyptian activist's conditions worsen

Feb. 13, 2020 1:31 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Police transferred an Egyptian activist who was arrested upon arrival at the Cairo airport from Italy to a “less favorable” detention facility Thursday, a local rights group said, just as his parents showed up for visiting hours. Officials detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, a...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, girls play on a rooftop in Boulaq El Dakrour district of Giza, Egypt. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, the official statistics agency announced Egypt’s fast-growing population hit 100 million people, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources. The figure is an increase of 7 million since the publication of the latest census results in 2017. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt's booming population officially hits 100 million

Feb. 11, 2020 1:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s fast-growing population hit 100 million Tuesday, the official statistics agency announced, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources. The staggering figure is an increase of 7 million since the publication of the latest census...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016 file photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, addresses parliament in Cairo, Egypt.  On Monday Feb. 10, 2020, the state-run news agency said Egypt’s legislature gave its initial approval for toughening up already draconian anti-terrorism laws, with amendments that include life sentences and capital punishment for funding terrorism. (MENA via AP, File)

Egypt frees labor activist, has him report to police weekly

Feb. 11, 2020 7:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has freed a detained labor activist who criticized the government and spent about five months in detention, but he will have to report at least once a week to the police, a rights lawyer said Tuesday. Activist Kamal Khalil walked free from a police station late on Monday, a week after a...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016 file photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, addresses parliament in Cairo, Egypt.  On Monday Feb. 10, 2020, the state-run news agency said Egypt’s legislature gave its initial approval for toughening up already draconian anti-terrorism laws, with amendments that include life sentences and capital punishment for funding terrorism. (MENA via AP, File)

Egypt moves toward toughening up draconian anti-terror law

Feb. 10, 2020 10:10 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s legislature on Monday gave its initial approval for toughening up already draconian anti-terrorism laws, with amendments that include life sentences and capital punishment for funding terrorism, the state-run news agency said. The sweeping anti-terrorism law was enacted in...

Egypt arrests human rights activist who criticized gov't

Feb. 9, 2020 3:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested an activist and researcher who was a vocal critic of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government, the interior ministry and a human rights group said Sunday. Patrick George Zaki, 27, was detained at Cairo's international airport after returning from Italy on Friday,...

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, for a bilateral meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Egypt frees pro-democracy activist imprisoned for 4 years

Feb. 7, 2020 6:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Friday freed a pro-democracy activist who spent over four years in prison and rose to local prominence as one of the faces of the country's 2011 uprising, his lawyer said. Ramy Sayed, 31, had coordinated protests for the April 6 youth movement, a group that helped catalyze the Arab...