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Egypt officials arrest Italian suspected of smuggling drugs

Dec. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities on Friday arrested an Italian passenger for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into the country, a customs official said. Customs inspectors searching the luggage of the traveler arriving from Milan found 644 pills and several glass bottles of illegal...

Libyan PM unfazed by commander’s zero hour Tripoli push

Dec. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The prime minister of Libya's U.N.-supported government Friday shrugged off threats by his rival, the commander of a self-styled army waging a months-long offensive to capture the capital Tripoli that the “zero hour” of the battle has begun. Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called on...

Hifter to begin 'decisive' battle to capture Libyan capital

Dec. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army declared Thursday that his troops will embark on a new "decisive" battle to capture the capital Tripoli. Khalifa Hifter's forces have been trying to wrestle control of the city from the internationally recognized government for nearly...

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

Egyptian whistleblower gets 5-year sentence in absentia

Dec. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A self-exiled Egyptian businessman whose allegations of corruption against the country's military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion. Mohamed Ali had released a series of viral videos from Spain earlier this year, pitching himself as a...

African countries set meetings to resolve Nile dam dispute

Dec. 9, 2019 8:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have agreed to hold two technical meetings in coming weeks in an effort to resolve a number of issues revolving around a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers of the three countries met in Washington Monday with...

Concerned EU weighs response to Turkey-Libya border deal

Dec. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Brussels (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Monday that some EU countries are concerned over Turkey's controversial maritime border agreement with Libya but that the bloc will continue studying the deal before deciding whether to take action. The maritime deal, endorsed by the Turkish...

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated...

Egyptian officials say policeman, militant killed in Sinai

Dec. 8, 2019 8:13 AM EST

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials say a militant attack has killed a police conscript in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. The officials say that the militants attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Rafah early on Sunday, wounding another two conscripts who were taken to a...

Israeli aircraft strike Hamas sites in Gaza after 3 rockets

Dec. 8, 2019 6:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft bombed several militants’ sites in Gaza early Sunday, hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave toward southern Israel. The military said in a statement the airstrikes targeted military camps and a naval base for Hamas, the Islamic militant...