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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....

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...

FIFA signs Egypt government to World Cup sponsor deal

Jun. 12, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has its first 2018 World Cup sponsor from Africa — the government of Egypt. FIFA says "Egypt — Experience & Invest" fills the first of four African slots in a program for third-tier commercial deals. The value of the deal was not disclosed. It is also the first World...

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...

Egypt president asks housing minister to form new government

Jun. 7, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi on Thursday appointed a new prime minister, picking his housing minister Mustafa Madbouly to form a government. The appointment came three days after the outgoing premier, Sherif Ismail, submitted his government's resignation, in keeping with political...

Egypt's opposition says assailants trashed their party

Jun. 6, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian opposition figures said Wednesday that assailants attacked a Ramadan party they hosted in Cairo, pelting them with plates and water bottles while chanting "long live Egypt!" the slogan of supporters of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The outdoor iftar, a feast marking the end of the...

Egypt's PM resigns days after el-Sissi began 2nd term

Jun. 5, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prime minister submitted his government's resignation on Tuesday, three days after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in for a second, four-year term in office. The move by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail was in keeping with political tradition that the government should resign at...

Egypt's el-Sissi begins 2nd term amid crackdown on dissent

Jun. 2, 2018 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in for a second four-year term on Saturday after being re-elected in a vote earlier this year in which he faced no serious challengers El-Sissi took the oath of office before parliament amid tight security across much of Cairo. Police sealed...