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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center right, walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the Prime Minister's office in Addis Ababa, after a meeting on Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020. Pompeo's visit to Africa is the first by a Cabinet official in 18 months. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Ethiopia says US plans 'substantial financial support'

Feb. 18, 2020 11:08 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — America’s top diplomat in his final Africa stop on Tuesday discussed dramatic political reforms with Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, and the U.S. plans to provide “substantial financial support” to strengthen them, Ethiopia said....

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...

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 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...

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 moves toward toughening up draconian anti-terror law

Feb. 10, 2020 10:10 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s legislature on Monday gave its initial approval for toughening up already draconian anti-terrorism laws, with amendments that include life sentences and capital punishment for funding terrorism, the state-run news agency said. The sweeping anti-terrorism law was enacted in...

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...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Netanyahu visited Moscow to discuss the U.S. Mideast peace plan with Putin and take an Israeli woman who had been jailed in Russia back home. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool Photo via AP)

Meeting between Sudan leader, Netanyahu debated in Sudan

Feb. 4, 2020 5:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A surprise meeting between Sudan's leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred controversy in Sudan on Tuesday, with the government saying it wasn't notified ahead of time and critics lambasting the talks on social media. Others s aid Monday' s meeting would improve Sudan's...

This photo provided by Egypt’s antiquities ministry , shows one of sarcophagi discovered in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, near the Nile Valley city of Minya.  Archeologists on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020,  unveiled 16 ancient Egyptian tombs filled with sarcophagi and other artifacts from a vast burial ground. Egypt’s antiquities ministry announced the discoveries in the village in central Egypt. The site boasts an array of previously excavated finds, including funerary buildings and catacombs filled with thousands of mummified ibis and baboon birds.(Egypt’s antiquities ministry via AP)

Egyptian archaeologists unveil ancient tombs, artifacts

Jan. 30, 2020 1:36 PM EST

TUNA AL-GABAL, Egypt (AP) — Archaeologists on Thursday unveiled 16 ancient Egyptian tombs filled with sarcophagi and other artifacts from a vast burial ground. Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discoveries in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, near the Nile Valley city of Minya in central Egypt....