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EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

Dec. 13, 2018 10:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. In a resolution passed by a vote on Thursday, the...

Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

Dec. 13, 2018 9:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor, based in Washington. Nixon, currently homeland security correspondent for The New York Times, will manage a team of reporters based in London, Cairo, New...

Split over asylum laws, EU leaders aim to keep migrants out

Dec. 13, 2018 9:33 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hopelessly divided over how to improve the European Union's asylum system, EU leaders are set Thursday to underline their intention to keep beefing up Europe's borders and outsource their migrant challenge to the countries of northern Africa. The arrival in Europe of well over a million...

Egyptian novel explores Christians under controlling church

Dec. 13, 2018 1:10 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Shady Lewis Botros says his recently published novel — "Ways of the Lord" — can be broadly viewed as an attempt to answer one question: What it's like to be a Christian in Egypt? The answer, given in stories narrated by the book's chief character, is complex and often...

The Latest: Yemen rebels accept some of UN envoy's proposals

Dec. 12, 2018 2:50 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Yemen's four-year civil war (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Yemen's rebels at peace talks underway in Sweden say they accept some of the proposals from a draft agreement offered by the U.N. envoy earlier in the day. Abdul-Majid al-Hanash, a delegate from...

Tanzania agrees to construct $3 billion dam in wildlife park

Dec. 12, 2018 9:45 AM EST

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. President John Magufuli witnessed the signing of the agreement with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa...

Egypt says 27 militants killed in Sinai, border with Libya

Dec. 12, 2018 5:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 27 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya. The military said Wednesday that forces destroyed 342 hideouts and weapons depots, dismantled 344 explosive devices and detained more than...

Egypt releases prominent activist blogger

Dec. 12, 2018 4:14 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have released a prominent activist and blogger who had criticized the government after more than seven months of detention. Lawyer Gamal Eid says his client, Wael Abbas, was freed late Tuesday, more than a week after a court ordered his conditional release. Eid says Abbas...

Briton arrested in Egypt on spying charges says he is free

Dec. 11, 2018 7:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background. Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem announced his release in a one-minute audio message posted on YouTube on Dec. 8,...

Normalcy restored in Egyptian Sinai city, but danger lurks

Dec. 11, 2018 7:03 AM EST

EL ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Mohammed Amer Shaaban stood over trays of fresh fish at his tiny store in the coastal Sinai Peninsula city of el-Arish, pointing to his right and left while recalling the tough days when Islamic State militants operated with impunity. "They killed a Christian who owns a knife shop...