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Egypt: Ex-student given 8 more years in #MeToo case

Apr. 11, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday convicted a former student at an elite university of attempted rape and drug possession, sentencing him to eight years imprisonment atop a previous punishment for other sexual misconduct convictions. It was the second verdict...

Egypt prosecutors find gross negligence behind train crash

Apr. 11, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors said Sunday they found that gross negligence by railway employees was behind a deadly train crash that caused public outcry across the country. Drugs were allegedly also involved. The March 26 crash of two passenger trains in the...

Spain: Rescuers find 4 dead, save 19 from vessel in Atlantic

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities said Sunday that they had recovered the bodies of four migrants from a boat along with 19 survivors who had taken the treacherous route from West Africa to the Canary Islands. Spain’s maritime rescue service said that its crews had...

IMF: Vaccine inequity threatens Mideast's economic recovery

Apr. 11, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Middle East economies are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic faster than anticipated, largely due to the acceleration of mass inoculation campaigns and an increase in oil prices. But the International Monetary Fund warned Sunday that an uneven...

Famed Egyptian archaeologist reveals details of ancient city

Apr. 10, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s best-known archaeologist on Saturday revealed further details on a Pharaonic city recently found in the southern province of Luxor. Zahi Hawass said that archaeologists found brick houses, artifacts, and tools from pharaonic times at the site of...

Egypt, Tunisia discuss Libya, Ethiopia's disputed dam

Apr. 10, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Saturday his Tunisian counterpart in Cairo, where they discussed neighboring Libya, and a massive dam Ethiopia is building over the Nile River’s main tributary. Tunisian President Kais Saied arrived in Cairo on Friday for a...

Aid group says detained migrant killed, 2 injured in Libya

Apr. 10, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A shooting in a detention center for migrants in Libya's capital left one migrant dead and two others injured, an international charity said Saturday. The violence underscored the peril vulnerable migrants face in the conflict-torn country. The...

195 arrested in vast international human trafficking sweep

Apr. 09, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Interpol says police in Africa and Europe arrested 195 people and rescued nearly 500 victims of human trafficking in a vast crackdown on criminal networks led by the France-based international law enforcement agency. Interpol said in a statement Friday...

Archeologists unearth an ancient pharaonic city in Egypt

Apr. 09, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old lost city, complete with mud brick houses, artifacts, and tools from pharaonic times. Noted archeologist Zahi Hawass said an Egyptian mission discovered the mortuary city in the southern province of...

Spanish police investigating migrant boat deaths detain five

Apr. 09, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police say they have detained five men for allegedly navigating two migrant boats to the Canary Islands and being responsible for the deaths of some of its passengers. The men are being investigated for “favoring illegal immigration”...