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Rights group: Reporter jailed in Egypt dies from virus

Jul. 13, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian journalist who had been jailed on charges of broadcasting false news died of COVID-19 on Monday, according to an international press watchdog, raising fears that the coronavirus may be spreading undetected in Egypt’s notoriously crowded prisons. The Committee to...

Basma Mostafa, a 30-year-old journalist who founded an initiative that sends freshly home cooked meals to quarantined coronavirus patients, package food at her friend's apartment, in Cairo, Egypt. Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Mostafa, who works with others to coordinate the volunteer effort, said she got the idea of helping out when she was going through a difficult time.

In Egypt, volunteers make meals with love for virus patients

Jul. 13, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

Fatma Youssef stuffs rice, chicken or meat and vegetables into boxes spread on her dining table -- tens of them in the last few weeks. On some, she scribbles “Be well” in Arabic; on others, she writes “Together, we will get through this.” Youssef doesn’t know who will eat her...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, workers stand on a platform at a Saudi Aramco oil separator processing facility in Abqaiq, near Dammam in the Kingdom's Eastern Province. The International Monetary Fund said in the latest outlook released Monday, July 13, 2020, that the Middle East’s energy producers are expected to earn $270 billion less in oil revenue compared to last year. That's as the region’s economic heavyweight, Saudi Arabia, sinks deeper into recession amid the coronavirus pandemic. Oil importing Mideast countries, which include Egypt, Jordan and Sudan, are expected to see average economic contraction of 1.1%, but inflation is expected to reach 10%. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

IMF: Mideast loses $270B oil income amid virus, recession

Jul. 13, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's energy producers are expected to earn $270 billion less in oil revenue compared to last year as the region's economic heavyweight, Saudi Arabia, sinks deeper into recession amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Monetary Fund's...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, an Egyptian youth, trailed by his friends, gropes a woman crossing the street with her friends in Cairo, Egypt. In the summer of 2020, more than a hundred allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape against a former student at a top university have roiled Egypt, sparking a renewed #MeToo campaign in a country where sexual assault and harassment are rampant. The case has prompted the Sunni Muslim world’s foremost religious institution, to speak out on sexual harassment and assault, and voice support for victims. Authorities have arrested the accused man pending investigations, and are working to amend the country's laws to protect the identities of victims of sexual crimes. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper, File)

Accusations of serial assault spark new #MeToo wave in Egypt

Jul. 13, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Their accounts are similar. The girls and women describe meeting the young man — a former student at Egypt's most elite university — in person and online, followed by deceit, then escalating sexual harassment, assault, blackmail or rape. Some were minors when the alleged crimes...

Libyan forces set conditions for lifting oil blockade

Jul. 13, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces loyal to a Libyan commander said they will only allow the reopening of oil fields and terminals once a mechanism has been set up to fairly distribute revenue across the country, which is split between rival, warring factions. Powerful tribes in eastern Libya loyal to Khalifa Hifter...

In this Aug. 8, 2019, photo, garbage creeps towards the shore at Stanley Beach in Alexandria, Egypt. Authorities say that 11 people drowned off the coast of northern Egypt on Friday, July 10, 2020 at a beach known for its rocky jetty and fast-moving waters. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, file)

11 people drowned at rocky beach in northern Egypt

Jul. 10, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Eleven people drowned off the coast of northern Egypt, local authorities said Friday, at a beach known for its rocky jetty and fast-moving waters. The tragedy unfolded at a beach in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, when a young boy ran into the sea and began having difficulties, said the...

FILE - In this April 21, 2007 file photo, a Masai girl holds a protest sign during the anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) protest in Kilgoris, Kenya. The World Health Organization says the practice constitutes an

Sudan ratifies law criminalizing female genital mutilation

Jul. 10, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's ruling body ratified a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation, the justice ministry announced Friday, handing the movement for women’s rights in the African country a long-sought victory. The Sovereign Council passed a set of sweeping amendments to the...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020 file photo, Egyptian security forces cordon off roads during curfew hours as prevention measures due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt. Coronavirus infections are surging in the country of 100 million, threatening to overwhelm Egyptian hospitals. Egypt has the highest death toll in the Arab world. Yet even as authorities fight the swelling outbreak, they have also tried to stifle nearly all criticism about the government’s handling of the health crisis. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

Jul. 9, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. Guterres expressed hope Tuesday, June 23, 2020 that Israel will hear global calls and will not go ahead with annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would undermine a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry, File)

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Jul. 9, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks. Calling the current...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 1956 file photo, Egyptian civilians climb on the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French diplomat who was behind the construction of Egypt's Suez Canal, in Port Said, prior to blowing it up. A proposal to bring back the statue has stirred controversy in Egypt with many saying it would be a salute to colonial times and a “humiliation

Plan to bring back Suez Canal statue stirs debate in Egypt

Jul. 7, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A proposal to bring back the statue of a French diplomat behind the idea to build the Suez Canal has stirred controversy in Egypt, with many saying it would be a salute to colonial times and a “humiliation” to the memory of tens of thousands of Egyptian laborers who died building...