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Egypt's inflation continues to surge as food prices rise

Feb. 09, 2023 04:57 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's annual inflation surged to a new high in January, as Egyptians continue to battle ongoing price hikes and a depreciating currency, the country’s statistics bureau said Thursday. The state-run Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics published figures...

Egypt Central Bank: Pound slips to new low against dollar

Jan. 30, 2023 11:17 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian pound dipped to a new low Monday of just over 30 for $1, as the cash-strapped North African country continues to battle surging inflation and foreign currency shortages, authorities said. The landmark slide in Egypt's Central Bank selling rate is the...

Today in History: JAN 28, Space Shuttle Challenger explodes

Jan. 28, 2023 00:12 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2023. There are 337 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1973, a cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War, a day after the signing of the Paris...

Egypt unveils tombs and sarcophagus in new excavation

Jan. 26, 2023 11:49 AM EST

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Thursday unveiled dozens of new archaeological discoveries, including two ancient tombs, at a Pharaonic necropolis just outside of the capital Cairo. The artefacts, unearthed during a year-long excavation, were found beneath an ancient stone enclosure...

Chief diplomats boycott Libya-hosted Arab League meeting

Jan. 22, 2023 12:11 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A handful of top Arab diplomats met Sunday in the Libyan capital in a gathering boycotted by powerful foreign ministers who argued that the mandate of the Tripoli-based government has ended. Five of the 22 member states of the Arab League sent their foreign ministers...

Italy's FM meets with Egyptian officials on migration, Libya

Jan. 22, 2023 11:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Italy’s chief diplomat held talks Sunday with Egyptian and Arab League officials in Cairo that focused on regional security and the conflict in neighboring Libya, as well as sensitive bilateral issues. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said he raised with Egypt's...

Egypt frees businessman, son after 2 years of detention

Jan. 22, 2023 03:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a prominent businessman and his son after more than two years in pre-trial detention while officials investigated possible terrorism-related charges, their family said. Safwan Thabet, founder and former CEO of dairy and juice producer...

Egypt hands out life jail terms in trial over 2019 protests

Jan. 15, 2023 13:50 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday handed down life prison sentences to 38 people, including a self-exiled businessman whose social media posts helped to spark anti-government protests. Public protests are rare in Egypt where President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has overseen a...

Rounding off Africa tour, China's top diplomat visits Egypt

Jan. 15, 2023 13:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — China’s chief diplomat was in Cairo Sunday for talks with Egyptian and Arab League officials, marking his last stop in a multi-leg trip to Africa that aims to consolidate Beijing's footprint across the resource-rich continent. Foreign Minister Qin Gang met separately...

Egypt says ancient royal tomb unearthed in Luxor

Jan. 14, 2023 10:17 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists unearthed an ancient tomb in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, known for its treasures dating back to the pharaohs, authorities said Saturday. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Egyptian-British mission...