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Medical workers oversee the disinfection of the streets to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Qamishli, Syria, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Aid group says Mideast lockdowns hinder humanitarian efforts

Mar. 25, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group said Wednesday that closures aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic are preventing it from reaching 300,000 people in conflict zones across the Middle East, as the virus arrived in war-torn Libya and case counts rose in Syria and the Gaza Strip, among the...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Yazan, 1, sits with his mother before his heart surgery at the Tajoura National Heart Center in Tripoli, Libya. Yazan's odyssey from his small desert hometown to the hospital barely skirted the war's front lines. In conflict zones across the Middle East, the specter of the coronavirus looms large. Authorities in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip warn that health care systems gutted by years of war and unrest have left millions of people doubly vulnerable to the pandemic. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast

Mar. 24, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the U.N.-backed government announced, stoking concern that an outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country's already weakened health care system. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the Middle East, countries have...

Group: Egypt's security forces ‘disappear, torture’ children

Mar. 23, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces under President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi have arbitrarily arrested, forcibly disappeared and tortured children as young as 12 while prosecutors and judges turned a blind eye, an international rights group said Monday. Human Rights Watch called on the U.S., France and...

Egypt frees detainee amid calls for releases due to virus

Mar. 20, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities released a prominent political activist Friday amid calls for Egypt to let thousands of others go free to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading among the prison population. According to human rights groups, there are tens of thousands jailed in Egypt for their political views....

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Egypt's most prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, left, walks with his mother Laila Soueif, a university professor who is an also an activist, outside a court, in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Egypt detained and charged four activists, including three family members of jailed activist, Fattah -- his mother, aunt and sister, with spreading false news and violating the country's protest ban after they stood outside the Cabinet building and called for the government to release prisoners amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to human rights groups, there are tens of thousands held without due process in the country for their political views. Three of the activists were released Thursday evening on bail. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal, File)

Egypt holds activists who urged prisoner releases amid virus

Mar. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday continued to detain the mother of a prominent jailed activist, after she and three others were arrested earlier this week for staging a protest to demand the release of prisoners amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Laila Soueif's detention came as the Egyptian...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, construction work takes place, at the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, a top Sudanese general on Sunday, March 15, 2020, said his country would mediate a deal on an escalating dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over Ethiopia's controversial dam on the Nile River. Tensions are rising because of the impasse between Ethiopia and Egypt over the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The project is around 71% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Sudan will mediate Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute, general says

Mar. 15, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A top Sudanese general on Sunday said his country would mediate a deal on an escalating dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over Ethiopia's controversial dam on the Nile River. The deputy head of Sudan's Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, said his country would work to bridge the gap and...

FILE - In this Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew, during a joint press conference at the Sheraton Hotel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday  March 12, 2020, Ethiopia's foreign minister said his country is refusing to be pressured by the U.S. into signing a deal with Egypt and Sudan over Ethiopia's controversial dam on the Nile River. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Ethiopia won't be forced by US on dam, foreign minister says

Mar. 13, 2020 6:55 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia refuses to be pressured by the United States into signing a deal with Egypt and Sudan over its controversial dam on the Nile River, says Ethiopia's foreign minister. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gedu Andargachew said the three countries need to resolve...

Egyptian lawyer sentenced to 1 year in prison for fake news

Mar. 10, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer and former lawmaker to a year in prison for his conviction on charges that rights advocates have decried as baseless and politically motivated. The judge in Cairo's misdemeanors court found Zyad el-Elaimy guilty of...

Ethiopia says Trump got inaccurate information on Nile dam

Mar. 9, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Cabinet minister says that U.S. President Donald Trump was provided with “inaccurate and inadequate” information about the dam the country is building on the Nile River. The remarks came amid a public disagreement with Egypt after Ethiopia did not...

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

Lawyer: Detained Egyptian student moved to notorious prison

Mar. 5, 2020 1:52 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Police on Thursday transferred an Egyptian rights activist who was arrested after returning to Cairo from Italy last month to a notorious prison complex, his lawyer said. Patrick George Zaki, 28, a student at the University of Bologna in Italy, has been detained since arriving at Cairo airport...