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Group: Egyptian police abuse arrested transgender woman

Mar. 12, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights group says authorities have abused a transgender woman arrested last week on charges of belonging to a terrorist group, subjecting her to a forced anal exam that amounted to torture and sexual harassment. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms said late on Monday...

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...

Group concerned over arrest of Egyptian transgender woman

Mar. 7, 2019 2:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group voiced concern Thursday for the safety and well-being of an Egyptian transgender woman arrested in a police raid on her home in Cairo. Amnesty International said Malal el-Kashef was arrested Wednesday night. "Due to her gender identity, Malak is at increased risk...

Egypt says 7 militants killed in Cairo shootouts

Mar. 7, 2019 5:31 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says security forces have killed seven members of a militant group with suspected links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo shootouts. The ministry says three militants were killed on a highway known as Ring Road in Cairo's district of Giza while the...

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....

Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria FMs take part in talks on Libya

Mar. 5, 2019 2:25 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday hosted talks with the foreign ministers of Algeria and Tunisia, Libya's neighbors to the west, days after Libya's rival governments agreed to hold elections. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Algeria's Abdelkader Messahel and Tunisia's Khemais...

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...

Gazans resume minor pilgrimage after years of Egyptian ban

Mar. 3, 2019 9:51 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip resumed a minor pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, known as the "umrah," on Sunday after nearly five years of an Egyptian ban. The first convoy of 800 Palestinians passed into Egypt through Gaza's Rafah crossing. Airplanes will carry the...

Egypt arrests 6 over Cairo train crash that killed 25

Mar. 1, 2019 4:17 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have arrested six people over a deadly crash this week at Cairo's main train station that killed at least 25 people. The country's top prosecutor ordered late Thursday that those arrested — two train conductors, their aides and two other rail workers — remain...

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...