Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

May. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel braced for renewed wildfires Friday amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating. At an emergency briefing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that aid has arrived from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Egypt and...

Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016

May. 23, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of an Al-Jazeera journalist who had been detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt's reputation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian journalist working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the...

Hifter's rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

May. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost. Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local...

Egypt's president pardons 560, including prominent columnist

May. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pardoned 560 prisoners, including a prominent journalist and several women. The pardons, announced in the official gazette late Thursday, coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when authorities traditionally release detainees as a goodwill...

As Sudan uprising grew, Arab states worked to shape its fate

May. 8, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — As the popular uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength earlier this year, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power, according to Egyptian and Sudanese officials....

PM: Lebanon should learn from Egypt's economic development

May. 2, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister says his country should learn from the government of Egypt how to stimulate economic growth, reform laws and combat corruption. Lebanon's economy is struggling with soaring debts, rising unemployment and slow growth. The government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri is...

US weighs designating Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Apr. 30, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his national security team are weighing whether to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, the White House said Tuesday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was consulting with his advisers and leaders in the region...

Egypt extends state of emergency ahead of Coptic Easter

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has extended a state of emergency imposed after deadly church bombings by the Islamic State group in 2017. The decision to extend the state of emergency by three months was announced Thursday, ahead of Coptic Easter. Egypt has been battling Islamic...

Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president's rule

Apr. 23, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military...