Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Egyptian president urges Russia to resume flights to resorts

Oct. 16, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Egypt's president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. Moscow suspended the flights after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in...

Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months

Oct. 16, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has extended its state of emergency for another three months. The government declared a state of emergency after an Islamic State affiliate bombed two Coptic churches in April 2017, killing at least 44 people, and it has been renewed once before. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's latest...

Amnesty criticizes France over arms exports to Egypt

Oct. 16, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International criticized the French government on Tuesday and accused it of breaking its own rules over arms exports to Egypt, which the watchdog said have been used for the internal repression of civilians. Fresh analysis of open-source multimedia content showed "Egyptian security...

Egyptian president arrives in Russia

Oct. 15, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has arrived in Russia on a visit expected to further boost ties between the two nations. Egyptian officials say the visit will enhance economic and trade ties and include discussions to advance the construction of the nuclear plant Russia is building...

Saudi writer's disappearance strains Turkey-Saudi ties

Oct. 13, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At first glance, the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is just the latest crisis to strain relations between the kingdom and Turkey in the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011. Yet, like elsewhere in the region, things are more...

Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians

Oct. 11, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said. The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison...

Egypt's president wants Libya to hand over captured militant

Oct. 11, 2018 8:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he wants a prominent militant captured in Libya this week extradited so that he can be "held accountable." Thursday's comments by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were the first official word in Egypt on the capture of Hisham el-Ashmawi by a self-styled Libyan military...

Egyptian police question, release son of jailed ex-president

Oct. 11, 2018 4:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained the youngest son of jailed former President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday for questioning on charges of spreading "fake news," then released him on bail. State security men and a special forces officer took Abdullah Morsi at dawn along with his ID and mobile phone...

Greece, Egypt back Cyprus gas exploration

Oct. 10, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Egypt on Wednesday backed efforts by regional ally Cyprus to exploit off-shore gas deposits, despite strong objection from Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted a meeting Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Cypriot...

Egypt's inflation rises to 15.4 percent amid price hikes

Oct. 10, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Wednesday that inflation jumped to 15.4 percent in September, a rise of more than two percentage points over the previous month and the highest level since eight months ago. Data released by the state statistics bureau showed an increase in food and beverages prices, the single...