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Video of unwanted advance divides Egyptians

Aug. 22, 2018 3:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — It might have been another #MeToo moment: An Egyptian woman says a man stalked her at a bus stop, made inappropriate advances, and only backed off when she began filming him with her cellphone. But when she posted the video on Facebook, it ignited an online debate in which many Egyptians,...

Aid groups urge Italy to allow 177 migrants to disembark

Aug. 21, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Humanitarian groups urged the Italian government Tuesday to allow 177 migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship docked at the Sicilian port of Catania to be permitted to disembark. Doctors Without Borders, the U.N. refugee agency and Save the Children have all appealed to the government to...

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Islamists...

Russia, Egypt pledge to strengthen military ties

Aug. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt have discussed ways to expand their military ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow strongly supports Egypt's efforts to combat militants in the...

South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

Aug. 20, 2018 7:48 AM EDT

NYAL, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government claims the shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn't helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month,...

Egypt officials: Car bomb kills officer, wounds 4 in Sinai

Aug. 20, 2018 4:33 AM EDT

El-Arish, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a car bomb has targeted members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a military officer. The say the blast, which took place on Sunday on a road just south of the coastal city of el-Arish city, also wounded four...

2 monks referred to trial over abbot's killing in Egypt

Aug. 19, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state-run news agency says prosecutors have referred two monks to trial on charges of killing an abbot in a monastery north of Cairo last month. The MENA news agency reported Sunday that prosecutors are charging a recently defrocked monk, identified as Isaiah, and another hospitalized...

Cyprus extradites Egyptian hijacker who dropped legal fight

Aug. 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in 2016 and ordered it to land in Cyprus has been extradited to his homeland after giving up a drawn-out legal fight, authorities said Sunday. Seif Eddin Mustafa was transferred to Egyptian custody and flown back to Egypt late...

Israeli questioning of US Jews at border exposes deeper rift

Aug. 19, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Simone Zimmerman arrived at the check-in window at the Israeli border with Egypt, it didn't take long for the young activist to run into trouble. Zimmerman, a Jewish American living in Israel, quickly became a person of interest after telling the border agent that she worked for an...

Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus

Aug. 19, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says researchers have determined the gender and age of the three skeletons found inside a black granite sarcophagus uncovered in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in July. Nadia Kheider, of the Antiquities Ministry, says Sunday the skeletons belong to a woman in her early 20s, a man...