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Woman arrested after criticizing Egypt’s president

Nov. 14, 2019 10:14 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who voiced harsh criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife in a series of online videos, police and judicial officials said on Thursday, as the Egyptian government prepared to defend its human rights record during a major U.N. rights...

US, UK, Germany express concern over human rights in Egypt

Nov. 13, 2019 9:56 AM EST

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Several Western countries say they’re concerned about Egypt’s widening crackdown on dissent. The U.S., U.K., Germany and other European countries called Wednesday for Cairo to probe accusations of torture and enforced disappearances. Those calls came during Egypt’s...

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

Nov. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers said Monday that the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, just days after a U.N. report attributed Morsi's death to "brutal" conditions inside the country's jails. Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that...

Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

Nov. 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A self-exiled businessman who claims to know the secrets of Egypt's ruling military says he is marshaling political groups to try to topple President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, despite the opposition movement's increasingly bleak prospects. Mohamed Ali, 45, pitches himself as a former...

Egypt lawmaker says parliament could sack him for criticism

Nov. 6, 2019 7:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian opposition lawmaker said Wednesday that the country's parliament has referred him to an ethics committee for posting a video criticizing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the latest episode in a widening crackdown by authorities on dissent. The lawmaker, Ahmed Tantawi, also told The...

Stuck on US terror list, Sudan turns to wealthy Gulf for aid

Nov. 6, 2019 1:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new prime minister has repeatedly urged the West to end his country's international pariah status. He says it's the only way to save the nation's fragile democratic transition from a plunging economy. In September, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said he was expecting a "big...

Putin courts Africa, offers to mediate Nile dam dispute

Oct. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to expand Moscow's clout in Africa by touting military aid and economic projects Thursday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit. He even offered to help mediate a growing water dispute between two of the continent's largest powers, Egypt and Ethiopia....

Ethiopia's Nobel-winning leader warns Egypt over dam

Oct. 22, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister warned Tuesday that if there's a need to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt his country could muster millions of people, but he said only negotiation can resolve the current deadlock. Egypt's government said it...

Rights lawyers: Egypt frees more than 100 held in crackdown

Oct. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released more than 100 people who were among hundreds more arrested in a sweeping crackdown following small but rare anti-government protests last month, rights lawyers and officials said Saturday. Lawyers Mustafa el-Demiry and Khaled Ali said 101 detainees, including 30...

Rights groups call on Egypt authorities to free journalist

Oct. 15, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International are calling for the Egyptian government to release a journalist who they say has been detained by security officials, and investigate allegations that she has been beaten and tortured in custody. The groups said Esraa Abdel...