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In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Egypt’s top prosecutor denies activist was tortured

Feb. 16, 2020 8:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Sunday denied allegations that the police tortured a human rights activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. Police detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna in Italy, after he arrived in Cairo...

In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Egypt upholds detention of student critical of el-Sissi

Feb. 15, 2020 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Saturday rejected the appeal of an activist and vocal critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi for release from detention, his lawyer said. Police detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna in Italy, after he arrived in Cairo last week...

Egypt sentences ex-minister's brother for artifact smuggling

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced the brother of a former finance minister to 30 years after his conviction in two separate cases of trafficking antiquities out of the country. The Cairo Criminal Court also fined Raouf Boutros-Ghali, who is an actor, 6 million Egyptian pounds ($382,000)...

In this undated photo provided by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local Non-Governmental Organization, Egyptian activist and researcher Patrick George Zaki, poses for a photograph, in Egypt. A local rights group says Egyptian officials have transferred Zaki who was arrested on arrival at Cairo's airport to a

Rights group: Jailed Egyptian activist's conditions worsen

Feb. 13, 2020 1:31 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Police transferred an Egyptian activist who was arrested upon arrival at the Cairo airport from Italy to a “less favorable” detention facility Thursday, a local rights group said, just as his parents showed up for visiting hours. Officials detained Patrick George Zaki, 28, a...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, girls play on a rooftop in Boulaq El Dakrour district of Giza, Egypt. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, the official statistics agency announced Egypt’s fast-growing population hit 100 million people, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources. The figure is an increase of 7 million since the publication of the latest census results in 2017. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt's booming population officially hits 100 million

Feb. 11, 2020 1:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s fast-growing population hit 100 million Tuesday, the official statistics agency announced, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited resources. The staggering figure is an increase of 7 million since the publication of the latest census...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016 file photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, addresses parliament in Cairo, Egypt.  On Monday Feb. 10, 2020, the state-run news agency said Egypt’s legislature gave its initial approval for toughening up already draconian anti-terrorism laws, with amendments that include life sentences and capital punishment for funding terrorism. (MENA via AP, File)

Egypt frees labor activist, has him report to police weekly

Feb. 11, 2020 7:01 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has freed a detained labor activist who criticized the government and spent about five months in detention, but he will have to report at least once a week to the police, a rights lawyer said Tuesday. Activist Kamal Khalil walked free from a police station late on Monday, a week after a...

Egypt arrests human rights activist who criticized gov't

Feb. 9, 2020 3:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested an activist and researcher who was a vocal critic of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government, the interior ministry and a human rights group said Sunday. Patrick George Zaki, 27, was detained at Cairo's international airport after returning from Italy on Friday,...

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, for a bilateral meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Egypt frees pro-democracy activist imprisoned for 4 years

Feb. 7, 2020 6:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Friday freed a pro-democracy activist who spent over four years in prison and rose to local prominence as one of the faces of the country's 2011 uprising, his lawyer said. Ramy Sayed, 31, had coordinated protests for the April 6 youth movement, a group that helped catalyze the Arab...

FILE - In this Aug 31, 2019 file photo, fighters of the 'Shelba' unit, a militia allied with the U.N.-supported Libyan government, aim at enemy positions at the Salah-addin neighborhood front line in Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (AP Photo/Ricard Garcia Vilanova, File)

UN envoy says push continues toward cease-fire deal in Libya

Feb. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.’s special representative for Libya said Thursday the country’s warring sides are working to turn a provisional cease-fire into a formal agreement as they emerged from four days of talks, a prospect that appears to face steep obstacles. Ghassan Salame, head of the United...

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, center, waves to people in the conflict-affected remote town of Kauda, Nuba Mountains, Sudan, Jan. 9, 2020. Hamdok, accompanied by United Nations officials, embarked on a peace mission Thursday to Kauda, a rebel stronghold, in a major step toward government efforts to end the country’s long-running civil conflicts. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Sudan official: Talks with Israel about international status

Feb. 5, 2020 2:57 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's military said Wednesday the motive for agreeing to an initiative to normalize relations with Israel after decades of enmity was to help end the country's status as an international pariah state. The spokesman for Sudan's armed forces, Brig. Amer Mohammed al-Hassan, said in a news...