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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...

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...

Hamas says Gaza cease-fire reached with Israel

Aug. 9, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said late Thursday that a truce had been reached with Israel, ending an intense two-day burst of violence that had pushed the region closer to war. But the deal did not appear to address the deeper issues that have prevented the bitter enemies from reaching a longer...

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...

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...

Egypt says wanted ex-minister arrested in Italy released

Aug. 3, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Thursday that Italian authorities released a former minister wanted by Cairo on fraud charges after briefly detaining him. Mohammed Mahsoob was released after the Italians determined he has held Italian citizenship since 2016, Egypt's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It added...

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 president ratifies law protecting military officers

Jul. 26, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Thursday ratified a bill that could immunize senior military officers from future prosecution related to violence after the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president. The law, published in the official gazette Thursday,...

Egypt inaugurates several power generation plants, projects

Jul. 24, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt inaugurated several power generation projects, including three electricity plants built by the German conglomerate Siemens, in a ceremony Tuesday attended by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, government ministers and officials. The three combined-cycle power plants were built by Siemens...