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In this image provided by the Freedom Initiative Mohamed Amashah is greeted by family members upon arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., on Monday, July 6, 2020. The American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. (Bushra Soltan/Freedom Initiative via AP)

American student released after 486 days in Egyptian prison

Jul. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. The release of Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American citizen from Jersey City, New Jersey, followed...

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. 6, 2020 6:36 AM 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 Jan. 8, 2018, file, photo, Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Electoral Commission, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 Egyptian presidential election, and members of the commission prepare to give a press conference at the commission headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country’s election commission said Saturday, July 4, 2020, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament’s lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014. Ibrahim, chairman of the National Election Authority, told a televised news conference that Senate elections will be held Aug. 11-12, with runoff elections to take place Sept. 8-9 if necessary. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Egypt sets August election dates for restored Senate

Jul. 4, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country’s election commission said Saturday, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament’s lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014. The body was reconstituted as part of constitutional...

Today in History

Jul. 4, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 4, the 186th day of 2020. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. On this date: In...

Today in History

Jun. 28, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, June 28, the 180th day of 2020. There are 186 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) was signed in France, ending the First World War. On this date: In 1838, Britain’s Queen Victoria...

Egypt executes Libyan militant for plotting deadly attack

Jun. 27, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday executed a Libyan militant convicted of plotting an attack that killed at least 16 police officers in 2017, the military said. Abdel-Rahim al-Mosmari was hanged in a Cairo prison after a military appeals court upheld his death sentence last week, the military said. The deadly...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 file photo, Sanaa Seif, the younger daughter of Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyer and campaigner, receives condolences for her father at Omar Makram mosque after being temporarily released form prison, in Cairo, Egypt. Saif familiy said that Sanaa was detained Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Sanaa was taken into an unmarked white van by what her family believes were officers dressed in plain clothes from outside the public prosecutor's headquarters in Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Family says sister of prominent Egyptian activist arrested

Jun. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a prominent Egyptian pro-democracy activist arrested amid a clampdown following anti-government protests last year, said his youngest sister was detained Tuesday. Sanaa Seif, the youngest sister of activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was taken into custody outside the public prosecutor's...

Lawyer: Egyptian journalist detained on fake news charges

Jun. 15, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained a prominent local journalist Monday on charges of spreading fake news, his lawyer said, in the government's latest crackdown on press freedom. Mohamed Monir, 65, was taken by plainclothes security officers from his apartment in Giza, his family said in a...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo, then Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, right, speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Human Rights Watch, an international rights group, said in a statement released Thursday, June 11, 2020, that Egyptian police raided the homes of two uncles of Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan. On June 1, 32-year-old Soltan, now living in Virginia, filed a lawsuit against el-Beblawi accusing him of targeting him for attempted extrajudicial execution and torture while he was in detention in Cairo between 2013 and 2015. The statement quoted a family member saying that the police had searched the houses thoroughly and asked whether the family had been in touch with Soltan. El-Beblawi currently lives in Washington, where he works as an executive director of the International Monetary Fund. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Rights group: Egypt police raid homes of activist's uncles

Jun. 11, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Police raided the houses of two uncles of an Egyptian-American activist who recently sued a former Egyptian prime minister in a U.S. court, accusing him of crimes against humanity, an international rights group said on Thursday. Human Rights Watch quoted a member of Mohamed...

Cairo film festival's art director resigns amid controversy

Jun. 10, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The art director of Cairo's international film festival has resigned amid calls for his removal because of past inflammatory posts on social media, the festival said. The resignation of Egyptian film critic Ahmed Shawky was announced Tuesday in a statement by the festival’s advisory...