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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.  Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later in 2021. The voting is seen as a key step in mending a rift between Abbas’ Fatah party that rules the West Bank and the Islamic militant group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip. ( (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan

Jan. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday hosted the Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence chiefs to brief them on plans to hold the first Palestinian elections in 14 years. Abbas issued a decree on Friday announcing plans for parliamentary elections in May and a presidential...

CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SUNDAY -- A trove of ancient coffins and artifacts on display that Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass and his team unearthed in a vast necropolis, in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt unveils ancient funerary temple south of Cairo

Jan. 17, 2021 7:34 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s former antiquities minister and noted archaeologist Zahi Hawass on Sunday revealed details of an ancient funerary temple in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. Hawass told reporters at the Saqqara necropolis that archaeologists unearthed the temple of Queen Neit, wife of King...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.  Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later in 2021. The voting is seen as a key step in mending a rift between Abbas’ Fatah party that rules the West Bank and the Islamic militant group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip. ( (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Explainer: Road to Palestinian vote full of obstacles

Jan. 16, 2021 12:02 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later this year. But the road to the vote — key to advancing Palestinian statehood and mending a rift between Abbas' Fatah party and the...

2 Egyptian women to stand new trial over TikTok dance videos

Jan. 15, 2021 3:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian judge overturned an acquittal verdict of two young women who were jailed last year for posting “indecent” videos on the social media video app TikTok, ordering their pretrial detention for 15 days over fresh charges of “human trafficking," a judicial source...

A Palestinian man cuts wood using a chainsaw in a traditional charcoal production site in the town of Jabaliya, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

Jan. 15, 2021 1:10 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father,...

A demonstrator gives the victory sign during a protest, in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.  Protests in Sudan’s capital and across the country are demanding a faster pace to democratic reforms, in demonstrations that are marking the two-year anniversary of the uprising that led to the military’s ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudanese protesters rally, demand detention centers closed

Jan. 14, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Sudanese rallied in the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday to demand the closure of illegal detention centers following the alleged torturing and killing of a man by a paramilitary force whose members once formed the backbone of a militia accused of war crimes in Darfur. The death of...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1968 file photo, an Egyptian worker waves as he stands on top of a rock overlooking the partly constructed power station on the Aswan High Dam, Egypt. Egyptians are marking 50 years since the inauguration of the Nile dam, a massive feat of construction that has shaped the course of modern-day Egypt. It spared it from seasonal droughts and flooding, and generated electricity. (AP Photo, File)

Fifty years on, the Nile dam that changed the face of Egypt

Jan. 14, 2021 10:38 AM EST

MANIAL SULTAN, Egypt (AP) — Yassin Saeed remembers when the Nile’s annual flood drenched his village in the years before the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Now, former flood lands are green fields year-round. “Our lives were very hard,” said the 76-year-old Egyptian, recounting...

Cyprus, UAE sign first military cooperation agreement

Jan. 12, 2021 2:43 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed their first military cooperation agreement as the eastern Mediterranean island nation seeks to bolster relations with nearby countries in the Middle East. Cyprus already had military agreements with Egypt, Israel and Jordan, and...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2020 file photo, a Qatar Airways plane prepares to take off at San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. Egypt on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, opened its airspace to Qatari flights with a Qatar Airways jetliner is expected to land in Cairo later this week, airport officials said. The flight on Friday would be the first commercial one between the two countries since Egypt joined three other Gulf countries in boycotting Qatar in 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Airport officials: Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar flights

Jan. 12, 2021 6:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Tuesday reopened its airspace to Qatar flights after regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia reopened its airspace and border with the Gulf Arab state last week, Egyptian airport officials said. A Qatar Airways plane is due to land in Cairo on Friday, the officials said, speaking on...

From left to right, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, takes a photo with his mobile of journalists, during a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, ahead of a press conference at Tahrir Palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan meet to revive Mideast talks

Jan. 11, 2021 1:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Monday hosted the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Jordan to discuss ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. In a joint statement, the ministers called for practical steps to launch “credible...