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US Sen. Bob Menendez pleads not guilty to pocketing bribes in a wide-ranging corruption case

Sep. 27, 2023 15:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of pocketing bribes of cash and gold bars in exchange for wielding his political influence to secretly advance Egyptian interests and do favors for local businessmen. ...

Egypt aims to double the number of tourists to reach 30 million by 2028, tourism minister says

Sep. 27, 2023 08:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is seeking to double the number of visitors to the country in the next five years, its top tourism official told The Associated Press. Egypt is aiming at reaching 30 million visitors by 2028, as its once-thriving tourism sector recovers from the fallout of the...

Calls are mounting for Menendez to resign as Democrats grapple with 'shocking' bribery allegations

Sep. 26, 2023 22:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez came under heavy pressure to resign Tuesday as a surging number of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, including fellow New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, urged him to step aside over the federal bribery allegations against him. Around half...

Egyptian rights group says 73 supporters of a presidential challenger have been arrested

Sep. 26, 2023 10:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have detained at least 73 campaign volunteers for a challenger to incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in the December election, a rights group said Tuesday. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said the detainees were volunteers...

Democratic Sen. Menendez rejects calls to resign and says cash found in home was not bribe proceeds

Sep. 25, 2023 19:21 PM EDT

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey defiantly pushed back against federal corruption charges on Monday, saying nearly half a million dollars in cash authorities found in his home was from his personal savings, not from bribes, and was on hand for emergencies. ...

Egypt sets a presidential election for December with el-Sissi likely to stay in power until 2030

Sep. 25, 2023 10:41 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will hold a presidential election over three days in December, officials announced Monday, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi highly likely to remain in power until 2030. Waleed Hamza, the chairman of the National Election Authority, said the vote will take...

Latest talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over mega dam on the Nile end without breakthrough

Sep. 25, 2023 07:27 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The latest talks over the mega dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River’s main tributary have broken up without an agreement. The two-day talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam ended on Sunday...

Leading Egyptian opposition politician targeted with spyware, researchers find

Sep. 24, 2023 11:59 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A leading Egyptian opposition politician was targeted with spyware multiple times after announcing a presidential bid — including with malware that automatically infects smartphones, security researchers have found. They say Egyptian authorities were likely behind the attempted...

Menendez gains a primary opponent as calls for his resignation grow after indictment

Sep. 23, 2023 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey announced on Saturday that he will run against Sen. Robert Menendez in the state’s Democratic primary for Senate next year, saying he feels compelled to run against the three-term senator after he and his wife were indicted on sweeping corruption...

Bribery case against Sen. Menendez shines light on powerful NJ developer accused of corruption

Sep. 23, 2023 08:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In late 2020, Sen. Bob Menendez met with Philip Sellinger, a private practice lawyer and former fundraiser for the senator, to assess his potential fit as the next U.S. attorney for the state of New Jersey — and to discuss one case in particular. If appointed,...