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Hifter's rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

May. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost. Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local...

Egypt's president pardons 560, including prominent columnist

May. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pardoned 560 prisoners, including a prominent journalist and several women. The pardons, announced in the official gazette late Thursday, coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when authorities traditionally release detainees as a goodwill...

As Sudan uprising grew, Arab states worked to shape its fate

May. 8, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — As the popular uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength earlier this year, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power, according to Egyptian and Sudanese officials....

PM: Lebanon should learn from Egypt's economic development

May. 2, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister says his country should learn from the government of Egypt how to stimulate economic growth, reform laws and combat corruption. Lebanon's economy is struggling with soaring debts, rising unemployment and slow growth. The government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri is...

Islamist financier, 6 others get life sentences in Egypt

Apr. 30, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has sentenced seven Muslim Brotherhood members, including one of the group's top financiers, to life in prison on charges of joining and funding a terrorist group. The Supreme State Security Emergency Court sentenced three others to 10 years, while acquitting 14. The verdicts can be...

Egypt extends state of emergency ahead of Coptic Easter

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has extended a state of emergency imposed after deadly church bombings by the Islamic State group in 2017. The decision to extend the state of emergency by three months was announced Thursday, ahead of Coptic Easter. Egypt has been battling Islamic...

Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president's rule

Apr. 23, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military...

Egypt polls close after 3-day vote to extend el-Sissi's rule

Apr. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Polling centers in Egypt closed Monday after a third and final day of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in office until 2030 and broaden the military's role. The results are expected within a week. The referendum is virtually...

Voters offered rides, food in Egypt referendum on el-Sissi

Apr. 21, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian pro-government media, business people and activists urged a "yes" vote Sunday on constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. Some voters were offered free rides or food parcels to increase turnout in the national referendum....