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Top US diplomat assails Obama in Mideast policy speech

Jan. 10, 2019 3:13 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of "misguided" thinking that diminished America's role in the region while harming its longtime friends and emboldening Iran. In a speech to...

Egypt el-Sissi inaugurates cathedral, mosque in new capital

Jan. 6, 2019 3:16 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Sunday inaugurated a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one of the region's largest mosques in a highly symbolic gesture at a time when Islamic militants are increasingly targeting the country's minority Christians. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a...

CBS: El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel cooperate against militants

Jan. 5, 2019 11:33 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has told CBS that his country and Israel, with whom it fought four wars, are cooperating against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a startling and potentially damaging acknowledgment that could explain the Egyptian government's request that the network not air the...

Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time

Jan. 1, 2019 7:27 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian activist expects to return to prison "at any time" after an appeals court upheld a two-year sentence against her for posting a video online in which she criticized the government and decried sexual harassment, her attorney said Tuesday. Lawyer Doaa Moustafa said the Misdemeanor...

Egypt's 2 ex-presidents appear in the same courtroom

Dec. 26, 2018 1:34 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Two former Egyptian presidents appeared Wednesday in the same Cairo courtroom, with Hosni Mubarak testifying in a retrial of Mohammed Morsi on charges related to prison breaks at the height of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. The 90-year-old Mubarak, whose nearly three-decade rule was...

El-Sissi denies fat-shaming Egyptians after weight-loss call

Dec. 26, 2018 5:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president is denying that he fat-shamed his own people after his recent calls for Egyptians to lose weight prompted a torrent of jokes online. In televised comments Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said "How can I shame my own family? Egyptians are my family. How can I watch...

El-Sissi's call on Egyptians to lose weight creates a stir

Dec. 25, 2018 1:43 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is demanding Egyptians lose weight. In televised comments earlier this month, the general-turned-president railed about the number of overweight people he sees and told Egyptians they must take better care of themselves. He said physical education should become...

After delays, Egypt's new mega-museum set to open in 2020

Dec. 23, 2018 7:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt's ancient treasures while drawing...

Egypt acquits 43 NGO workers on illegal funding charges

Dec. 20, 2018 11:47 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted 43 people, including German and U.S. nationals, of charges they illegally received funding for their local and foreign non-governmental organizations, a move that Amnesty International described as a step in the right direction. The verdict ended a...

EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

Dec. 13, 2018 10:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. In a resolution passed by a vote on Thursday, the...