Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Egypt frees 7, including journalist, researcher after pardon

Jul. 30, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt released seven people on Saturday, including a journalist and a researcher serving prison sentences on terror-related charges, the latest steps by the government to reach out to the opposition amid a grinding economic crisis. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's...

Isolation complication? US finds it's hard to shun Russia

Jul. 29, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration likes to say Russia has become isolated internationally because of its invasion of Ukraine. Yet Moscow's top officials have hardly been cloistered in the Kremlin. And now, even the U.S. Is talking to them. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Egyptian prosecutors deny imprisoned activist faced harm

Jul. 29, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors are denying allegations of torture and ill-treatment leveled by a prominent imprisoned activist and claim he is in good condition, years after the allegations were made. For nearly 10 days, Alaa Abdel-Fattah's family members say they have not...

Amnesty urges Egypt to free prominent activist, allow access

Jul. 28, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Egyptian authorities to allow the family of a prominent activist serving a five-year sentence access to him, and reiterated calls for his immediate release. For nearly 10 days, Alaa Abdel-Fattah's family members had...

Russia FM visits Egypt, part of Africa trip amid Ukraine war

Jul. 24, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Russia's top diplomat was in Cairo for talks Sunday with Egyptian officials as his country seeks to break the diplomatic isolation and sanctions by the West over its invasion of Ukraine. Sergey Lavrov landed in Cairo late on Saturday, the first leg of his Africa trip...

France, Egypt pressed on missing backpacker as leader visits

Jul. 22, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The family of a French backpacker who went missing in Egypt nearly a year ago used the Egyptian president's visit to Paris on Friday to press for an investigation into the 27-year-old traveler's disappearance. Family members and friends raised placards asking,...

Serbia, Egypt agree to boost cooperation amid war in Ukraine

Jul. 20, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Egypt and Serbia on Wednesday agreed to boost political, economic and other cooperation as the two countries look for ways to deal with the global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was in Serbia on a three-day...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia downplays normalization with Israel

Jul. 16, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat on Saturday downplayed talk of normalization with Israel after the kingdom opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights and hammered out a complex deal over...

Rights groups: Egypt should open civic space ahead of COP27

Jul. 12, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Several dozen organizations Tuesday called on Egypt to end its crackdown on civil society and allow people to exercise freedom of expression ahead of the Egypt-hosted U.N. summit on climate change. In a joint statement signed by 36 groups, including Amnesty...

Rights groups say probe into Egypt economist's death flawed

Jul. 07, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Two leading human rights groups on Thursday accused Egyptian authorities of failing to conduct an impartial and transparent investigation into the suspicious death of an economic researcher in custody. In a joint statement, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International...