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Egypt reveals details of 30 ancient coffins found in Luxor

Oct. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities authorities on Saturday revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins that were recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters the coffins, with inscriptions and...

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...

Egypt's president to meet with Ethiopia PM over Nile dispute

Oct. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he will meet with the Ethiopian prime minister in efforts to restart critical talks over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims threatens its water supply. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised remarks Sunday the meeting with Abiy Ahmed will...

The Latest: Turkey says troops captured Syrian border town

Oct. 12, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria against Syrian Kurdish fighters (all times local): 11:25 p.m. France is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the U.S.-led...

9 British students urged to leave Egypt after 2 detained

Oct. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Britain's Edinburgh University says two of its students studying in Cairo were recently detained and subsequently released by Egyptian authorities. According to a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Friday by the university's press office, all nine of its students in the city were...

Family says Egyptian pro-democracy activist beaten in jail

Oct. 10, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist, who was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests, says he was beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in custody. Mona Seif, a prominent human rights activist tweeted on Thursday that her brother...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Egypt, Cyprus, Greece condemns gas exploration by Turkey

Oct. 8, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece on Tuesday condemned an "unlawful and unacceptable" bid by Turkey to drill inside waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hosted a meeting Tuesday with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos...

Rights lawyers: Egypt frees more than 200 held in crackdown

Oct. 8, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian rights lawyers say authorities have released over 200 people who were among hundreds more arrested in a crackdown following small but rare anti-government protests last month. Lawyers Mustafa el-Demiry and Mohamed el-Sarawe say the people were released on Tuesday, pending an...

Egypt deports 2 foreign nationals arrested amid protests

Oct. 4, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt released and deported two foreign nationals, a Mauritanian and a Dutch citizen, who were arrested amid a recent crackdown following anti-government protests, Cairo airport officials and a European diplomat said Friday. Recent mass arrests followed scattered protests that erupted Sept. 20...