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Egypt court upholds death sentences for 12 over 2013 sit-in

Jun. 14, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest criminal court Monday upheld the death sentence for 12 people involved in a 2013 protest by Islamists, including leaders of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported. The 12 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial in...

Sudan, Egypt renew calls for int'l role in Ethiopia dispute

Jun. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan and Egypt renewed calls Wednesday for the international community to help in resolving their decade-long dispute with Ethiopia over a giant dam that Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile River. Egyptian foreign and...

Egyptian officials say IS militants abduct 5 people in Sinai

Jun. 08, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — At least five Egyptians were abducted by Islamic State militants on Tuesday in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, security officials said. The five were driving to their workplace in the small town of Bir al-Abed when the militants...

UN agency withdraws director from Gaza after threats

Jun. 04, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says it has recalled its Gaza director after he faced threats over remarks in which he appeared to praise Israel's “huge sophistication” in carrying out precision strikes during last month's Gaza war. UNRWA,...

Jerusalem evictions that fueled Gaza war could still happen

Jun. 04, 2021 02:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A long-running campaign by Jewish settlers to evict dozens of Palestinian families in east Jerusalem is still underway, even after it fueled weeks of unrest and helped ignite an 11-day Gaza war. An intervention by Israel's attorney general at the height...

Egypt officials: Fire at juvenile detention kills 6 children

Jun. 03, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A fire broke out Thursday at a juvenile detention center in Egypt's capital of Cairo, killing at least six children, officials said. The officials said the fire followed a fist-fight between two children in one ward at the facility, located in the city's...

Holiday chaos as UK removes Portugal from travel green list

Jun. 03, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain said Thursday that it is removing Portugal from its list of COVID-safe travel destinations, meaning thousands of U.K. residents currently on vacation there face the prospect of 10 days' quarantine on return. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said...

After Gaza war, Hamas chief calls for Israel prisoner swap

May. 31, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas's top leader in the Gaza Strip on Monday expressed optimism about reaching a prisoner exchange with Israel, while Egyptian mediators seek to hammer out a long-term cease-fire following an 11-day war in the Gaza Strip earlier this month. ...

Egypt, Sudan conclude war games amid Ethiopia’s dam dispute

May. 31, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Sudan on Monday concluded joint war games that involved ground, air and naval units. The six-day drill meant to showcase deepening security ties between the two neighboring countries and present a show of force amid mounting tensions with Ethiopia. ...

Egypt bets on ancient finds to pull tourism out of pandemic

May. 30, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Workers dig and ferry wheelbarrows laden with sand to open a new shaft at a bustling archaeological site outside of Cairo, while a handful of Egyptian archaeologists supervise from garden chairs. The dig is at the foot of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, arguably the world’s...