Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Mar. 19, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top media regulator on Tuesday put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security. The move is the latest step by the government of President Abdel-Fattah...

Egypt appoints military officer as transportation minister

Mar. 10, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president appointed a military officer to lead the country's transportation ministry on Sunday, less than two weeks after its minister resigned over a deadly train crash in Cairo that killed 25 people. The announcement underscores President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's penchant for military...

Egyptian actor says military court sentenced him to 8 years

Mar. 7, 2019 12:42 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actor known for his criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government said Thursday a military court has sentenced him in absentia to eight years in prison in two separate cases, the latest in a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent and the media in Egypt in recent years. Amr...

Officials arrest 5 more over deadly Egypt railcar crash

Mar. 6, 2019 10:04 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Five more people were arrested in relation to a deadly locomotive crash last week at the Egyptian capital's main railway station that killed at least 25 people and led to the transportation minister's resignation, authorities said. In all, 11 people have been detained in relation to the Feb....

Rights group: Egyptian activists targeted in phishing scams

Mar. 6, 2019 8:14 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders and journalists have been targeted by digital phishing attacks in the last two months, likely by their own government, an international rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said it analyzed dozens of suspicious emails and the attacks...

Egypt releases prominent photojournalist after 5-year term

Mar. 4, 2019 12:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian photojournalist was released after five years in prison and returned home Monday to hugs from family and friends, pledging to continue working despite severe restrictions imposed on his movements, including having to spend the nights at a police station nearby. Mahmoud Abu...

Egypt military court upholds sentence against former auditor

Mar. 3, 2019 10:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military appeals court on Sunday upheld a five-year sentence against the country's former auditor for disseminating false news about the military, his lawyer said. Hesham Genena can still challenge the ruling a final time at Egypt's highest military court of appeals, added Ali...

Egypt says fight between conductors led to crash killing 25

Feb. 27, 2019 2:52 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A fight between two train conductors unleashed a speeding, unmanned locomotive that slammed into a barrier and exploded in the Egyptian capital's main train station Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, authorities said. Railway officials said the single railcar collided head-on with the...

Turkey slams EU for attending summit hosted by Egypt

Feb. 26, 2019 8:55 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned European Union leaders for attending a meeting hosted by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, days after the country executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members. Erdogan questioned "Can you speak of human rights" in the...

Egypt's leader says Europe cannot 'teach us' about rights

Feb. 25, 2019 10:05 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended on Monday his country's widely-criticized human rights record and warned the nations of Europe not to lecture the Arab world. In a fiery speech after a summit of European Union and Arab League leaders, el-Sissi said that Europe...