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Egypt president urges nation to back push against militants

Aug. 7, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is urging the nation to back his government's efforts to defeat Islamic militants, saying it's the mission of every Egyptian. Wednesday's appeal came after a car packed with explosives detonated earlier this week outside Egypt's main cancer hospital in...

Car bomb collides with vehicles in Egypt capital, killing 20

Aug. 5, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A car packed with explosives being driven to carry out an attack collided with other vehicles and exploded in central Cairo, killing at least 20 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday, the deadliest attack in the Egyptian capital in over two years. The blast went off Sunday night on the...

Egypt says third of population lives in poverty

Jul. 30, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — One in three Egyptians is living in poverty, the official statistics agency reported Monday, following years of austerity measures aimed at reforming the economy. The report said 32.5% of Egyptians lived below the poverty line in 2018, up from 27.8% in 2015 and 16.7% in 2000. It said 6.2% of...

Tripoli parliament warns of airstrikes by Hifter's allies

Jul. 19, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's parliament based in the west says it has gathered intelligence warning of the use of possible airstrikes on Tripoli by allies of commander Khalifa Hifter, who launched a military offensive in April to capture the capital from the U.N.-backed government. The Tripoli-based High Council...

Egypt arrests Mubarak supporter who criticized government

Jul. 11, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors Thursday charged the administrator of a Facebook page that supports former autocratic president Hosni Mubarak with spreading false news and undermining national interests after a post implied Mubarak did more to help Egypt's poor than the current government of President...

Christie's goes ahead with contested King Tut statue auction

Jul. 4, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Christie's has gone forward with the auction of a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun despite protests from the Egyptian government. The brown quartzite head depicting King Tut sold for more than 4.7 million pounds ($5.9 million) Thursday evening. The Egyptian...

Rights group: Former presidential candidate may die in jail

Jul. 4, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A rights group is warning that a former Egyptian presidential candidate may die in prison due to medical neglect, meeting the same fate as former president Mohamed Morsi, who collapsed in court last month after having spent almost six years behind bars. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights...

Al-Qaida accuses Egypt of killing ex-president Morsi in jail

Jun. 28, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida is accusing Egyptian authorities of killing jailed former President Mohamed Morsi, who died in a Cairo courtroom during his trial earlier this month. The militant group's media arm as-Sahab posted a statement on Thursday, urging Egyptians to rise against current President Abdel Fattah...

Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Jun. 25, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested at least eight people on Tuesday, including a former lawmaker and key secular activists in the country's 2011 uprising, for their alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, authorities said. The arrests mark the latest in a years-long crackdown by President...

Mercedes-Benz to assemble cars in Egypt with local partner

Jun. 24, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz luxury brand plans to assemble cars in Egypt in cooperation with a local partner. Daimler said it signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with the Egyptian government. The company said local production would improve the...