Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 6:34 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game. The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding...

Trump's Mideast team arrives in Egypt

Jun. 21, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump's Mideast team arrived in Egypt on Thursday as part of its regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt met with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the...

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

Jun. 18, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Not since the Cold War days of the 1950s and 1960s has Egypt been as close to Russia as it is now. But could the outcome of a crucial World Cup clash between the two nations damage their relations? Probably not, but as is frequently the case with soccer, Tuesday's game in St....

Burdened Salah to lead Egypt against Russia at World Cup

Jun. 17, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Amid price hikes and growing discontent with the government back home, fans of Egypt's national team are counting on Mohamed Salah to ease their pain both on the field and off. Salah, a 26-year-old Liverpool striker who was the player of the year in the Premier League, was...

Egypt increases fuel prices, as part of austerity measures

Jun. 16, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt announced Saturday steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the country's economic reforms and austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's ailing economy. The new prices went into effect Saturday morning, the Ministry of Oil said in a statement. Prices for...

The Latest: Activists say 2 killed by Syria shelling

Jun. 15, 2018 7:59 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Eid al-Fitr (all times local): 3 p.m. Syrian activists say two people were killed when the government shelled a cemetery where they were visiting the graves of their relatives on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Mahmoud al-Hamawi says three others were...

Egypt's president replaces defense, interior ministers

Jun. 14, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday after replacing his defense and interior ministers, a high-level security shake-up that comes as the country is struggling to combat an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi tapped Lt. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, the head of...

Egypt defends austerity measures amid fears of unrest

Jun. 13, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday defended austerity measures aimed at reviving the economy, amid fears of public anger that may have motivated the arrests of activists and bloggers in recent weeks. The government recently raised the price of electricity and tap water as part...

Egypt frees 32 Ethiopian prisoners during PM's visit

Jun. 11, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has released 32 Ethiopian prisoners during a visit by the country's prime minister in which he sought to assure Cairo that a massive upstream Nile dam would not cut into its share of the river, officials said Monday. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned the prisoners,...

PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters

Jun. 10, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowed Sunday that Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt's share of Nile waters, as his country works to complete what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. Ahmed's comments came in a press conference with Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi in Cairo. He...