Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Islamists...

Cyprus extradites Egyptian hijacker who dropped legal fight

Aug. 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in 2016 and ordered it to land in Cyprus has been extradited to his homeland after giving up a drawn-out legal fight, authorities said Sunday. Seif Eddin Mustafa was transferred to Egyptian custody and flown back to Egypt late...

Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

Aug. 18, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country's official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a...

Egyptian politician calls for referendum on government

Aug. 7, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian politician has called for a referendum on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government. Masoum Marzouk, a former diplomat, announced a road map this week including the suspension of the constitution and the dissolution of parliament if Egyptians vote against the government. He says...

Egypt's foreign debt up more than 10 percent from last year

Aug. 6, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's foreign debt has climbed more than 10 percent in less than a year, reaching $88.2 billion in March, the central bank said Monday, despite a raft of painful austerity measures aimed at cutting government spending. Foreign debt is 11.6 percent higher than in June of last year, but the...

Italy's FM visits Egypt, first since killing of researcher

Aug. 5, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Italy's foreign minister said Sunday he was pleased to hear from Egyptian officials that they are committed to completing an investigation into the 2016 killing of an Italian graduate student in the capital Cairo with a "concrete result." Enzo Moavero Milanesi arrived in Egypt on the first...

Sudan frees 5 Egyptian troops captured by Libyans

Jul. 30, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese official says security agencies have freed five Egyptian soldiers who were abducted by an armed Libyan group in a remote area where the three countries meet. Col. Mohamed Hamed, a spokesman for Sudan's security and intelligence agency, told reporters in Khartoum that the soldiers,...

Egypt president defends painful austerity measures

Jul. 29, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president zealously defended his economic policies on Sunday, saying he was left with no choice but to embrace painful austerity measures to revive an economy mauled by years of political turmoil and violence. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was speaking at a youth conference a day after he...

Egypt leader berates 'Kiki challenge' participants in jest

Jul. 29, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has laughingly berated Egyptians participating in an online dance challenge in response to the so-called "Kiki challenge" to a song by Canadian singer Drake. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's light-hearted mention Sunday of the dance challenge contrasts with a report last week by...

Egypt: Passenger train derails near city of Aswan; 6 hurt

Jul. 29, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian passenger train derailed Sunday near the southern city of Aswan, injuring at least six people and prompting authorities to fire the chief of the country's railways. It was not clear what caused the derailment, which took place near the Salwa train station in Kom Ombo, north...